UGC Vs Students: SC Reserves Decision, Counsel to Submit Notes in 3 Days
The Supreme Court today continued to hear the pleas against the UGC guidelines making it mandatory for final year exams to be held by September 30 amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. Also, reserved its judgement. Several hearings had already been carried out on the matter.
The last hearing was on August 14 and thousands of college and university students all over India are waiting for a final word from Supreme Court. Since they will need to understand whether they should continue to prepare for final year exams.
As per today’s hearing, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that universities could seek for the exam deadline to be pushed back. But they couldn’t take the decision to hand out degrees without conducting exams.
The Supreme Court hearing closed today with the Bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan reserving its judgement. And asking all counsels to submit their notes within three days.
What happened at the last hearing?
UGC has till now maintained that exams are a must if degrees were to be given out.
Regarding the states of Maharashtra and Delhi which have refused to conduct the college final-year exams due to rising number of Covid-19 cases. It asked why college exams were a problem if plans were being made to start off the new academic session.
At the last hearing, it was noted that when the Disaster Management Act was invoked. It couldn’t be diluted and right to life preceded above everything else.
Questions were raised about conducting exams without classes taking place for months, hostels. In addition, which are now acting quarantine centres, and the commuting problems students would face as many would need to use public transport.
It was also asked why exams needed to take place now when the number of cases was much higher when they had been postponed when the Covid cases were just in the thousands.
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