The Supreme Court on Friday refused to pass an interim order on a batch of pleas seeking to cancel the University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines, asking universities to hold final year examinations by 30 September Instructions were given. The court adjourned the hearing till August 10.
The apex court bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan asked the home ministry to clarify its stand on the July 6 guidelines of the UGC and the challenges filed by the petitioners.
The apex court bench, comprising Justices R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah, ordered all the parties to file their affidavits by 7 August and reconsidered a day after that. Once all the documents are on record, the court will hear the case on 10 August.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the education regulator, said, “No one should be allowed to live under the impression that the court is hearing, everything has come to a standstill.” Students should continue preparing. ”
Justice Ashok Bhushan clarified, “Yes, we have not passed any order.”
The apex court bench had on July 27 sought a response from the UGC on a batch of petitions seeking cancellation of final year examinations amid the Covid-19 crisis.
Students from 13 states and one union territory have requested that the examinations be canceled and the results should be calculated on the basis of internal assessment.
The UGC filed its response on Thursday, saying it would not change the July 6 guidelines.
In the affidavit, the UGC said that the guidelines for conducting the examination were issued “to protect the academic future of the students”. The examination required students to be assessed on “special elective courses”, which they took in the final year.
The UGC also stated that universities have been given sufficient time to conduct the examinations and they have also been given sufficient flexibility on the online and offline models.
According to this reply filed by the petitioners through advocate Alakh Alok, the UGC did not consider floods in Assam, Bihar and north-eastern states, killing hundreds of people and leaving more than 100 districts in these states Was impressed. Therefore it is impossible to conduct online or offline examination at these places.
More than a dozen students from all over India, who tested Covid-19 positive, have challenged the instruction of colleges and universities. The petitioners stated that the family members of several students have also tested positive, and urged the court to ensure that the examination is not conducted amid these uncertainties.