SC Begins Hearing Plea Challenging UGC's Final Term Exams Guidelines
The Supreme Court, gathered today to resume the hearing on pleas challenging the final-year examination guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC). With rising cases of COVID 19 in India, the students in their plea said that it is against their right to life.
Last week, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who represented students’ plea highlighted, “Exams have to be held after teaching… teaching has been disrupted and exams will be held now?” Issue of commute to be undertaken by students, the new sessions being started without holding final year exams among other concerns were raised in front of the court.
The UGC, however, has maintained a stance that exams are critical for final year students. Several states including Delhi and Maharashtra had earlier cancelled the exams for students in the respective states. UGC in an affidavit had said, that this “encroaches on the legislative field of coordinating and determining the standards of higher education that is exclusively reserved for Parliament…”,
The UGC also offers students a chance to appear for the exams later in case they are unable to do so in September. Out of the 755 universities across India, 366 are planning to hold exams in August or September. As per the revised guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC). Also, which ask the varsities to hold exams “mandatorily” by September.
As Supreme Court’s verdict is awaited, students are running multiple social media campaigns. The final year students are demanding cancellation of exams. Also, promotion on the basis of past performance. However, degree allotment so that they can take admission for higher studies.
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