UGC Vs Students: SC Hears Plea Against Final Year Exams; Next Hearing on August 14
The Supreme Court hear a batch of petitions seeking cancellation of final year/semester examinations in September amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, lawyer appearing for 31 students, said that he would request the top court to grant relief to students considering their health, safety and job/admission opportunities.
The students, from Karnataka, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Meghalaya and many other states, have sought to quash the UGC notice released on July 6, in which the Commission has asked universities to compulsorily conduct the final year exams by September 30. The plea was filed on July 20.
Making it compulsory for the universities to conduct the final year exams, UGC has directed them to hold the exams in either online or offline mode. Else by opting for blended mode in which exams can be held in both online and offline mode.
Seeking cancellation of the exam, students have said that results of final year students should be calculated on the basis of their internal assessment or past performance.
Only July 18, UGC had released a notification which showed the number of universities that have agreed to conduct the final year exams.
Meanwhile, the exams for intermediate semesters have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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