UGC Exams: Hearing in Supreme Court adjourned till August 10
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing of the petition till August 10, challenging the University Grants Commission (UGC) notification dated July 6. The notification was for conducting final year examinations of undergraduate courses in colleges and universities across the country.
Justice Ashok Bhushan, Justice R.K. A division bench of Subhash Reddy and Justice MR Shah on Friday adjourned the case till August 10 after hearing the arguments of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and the petitioners’ lawyers.
Meanwhile, Mr. Mehta said that a student should not make the impression that the examination will not be held as the case is not pending in the apex court and students should continue preparing for their studies.
During the hearing, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the petitioner Yash Dubey, argued that many such universities do not have the required facility for online examination, to which the apex court said that there is also an option of offline. To this, Mr. Singhvi said, ‘Many people will not be able to take offline exams due to local conditions of pandemic.’ He said that giving them the option to take the exam later will create further confusion. Responding to this, the court said that it seems to be in the interest of the students.
Meanwhile, the court has asked to keep a copy of the decision taken by the State Disaster Management Committee in Maharashtra on record and adjourned the hearing till August 10.
The UGC had filed an affidavit in the apex court on Thursday that the purpose of the notification to hold the final year examinations by September 30 is to prevent the students from delaying the next year’s studies. The Commission says that under the University Grants Commission Act, they have the right to take policy decisions in relation to higher education of the students. Under this right, it has instructed to conduct final year examinations by September 30 in view of the betterment of the future of students.
The Commission says that the final year is important, depending on the result of the exam, on which the future of the students depends. Therefore, the results of the examination cannot be declared without exams.
Meanwhile, after the Commission’s affidavit, the petitioners filed a counter-affidavit late in the evening, stating that the Commission had failed to respond properly to their concerns.