SC asks UGC to File Reply to Affidavits, Next Hearing on August 14
The Supreme Court on Monday said that it will now hear the petition challenging the University Grants Commission (UGC) decision to make final-year examinations mandatory on August 14.
The apex court has granted time to the UGC to file a reply on the affidavits to Delhi and Maharashtra governments. It is to be noted that an affidavit has been filed in the SC by the governments of Delhi and Maharashtra. Informing that they will not be conducting final-yer examinations due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
UGC Vs Students:
Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta, who appeared for UGC in SC, said that degrees are questioned by UGC and states have no rights to cancel exams. “Students should continue to prepare for the exams (final-year). If exams are not conducted, students cannot get the degree. That is the law,” said SG Tushar Mehta.
It may be recalled that UGC had said on July 7 that the end-term examination for all final-year students would have to be mandatorily held by the end of September 2020 in offline, online or blended mode. The UGC’s decision was opposed by several state governments and many final-year university students.
SG Mehta had informed the SC that out of 818 universities in India. 209 have already competed the examinations. While 394 are in the process of completing the examinations.
On July 30, the SC was informed by UGC that if students are unable to appear for the examinations by September 30, they will be allowed to appear at specially conducted exam at a later date.
July 31, the SC had refused to pass any interim order while hearing a batch of petitions seeking cancellation of final year/semester examinations in September. The top court had also asked the Centre to clear the stand of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on the issue.
A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan had conducted the hearing. And had posted the matters for further hearing on August 10.
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