The Supreme Court today has started the hearing of a plea challenging the guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to conduct the examinations of the final year by September 30, 2020 amidst the rising cases of corona virus in the country.
A group of 31 students from different states had demanded that the final year students be promoted on the basis of their past performances. Advocate Alakh Srivastav filed a plea before the Hon’ble Supreme Court asserting that the guidelines issued by UGC were violative of Section 12 of the UGC Act.
A panel of three judges including Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy and MR shah are hearing the plea today. The hearing has begun at 11:00 am. A number of states including Maharasthra, represented by Advocate Datar argued, “Under the prevailing situation of COVID 19, it is not possible to hold a conventional exam.”
It has been stated before the court that not all states and their respective institutions have the required infrastructure to hold online exams and considering the number of rising cases in every state it would be rather impractical to hold examinations in the conventional method. Senior Advocate Jaideep Gupta, representing an organisation of Teachers from West Bengal have argued that “Mandating the exams to be held by September 30 is unreasonable.”
The Supreme Court had earlier adjourned the hearing to cancel final year exams on 10th August, 2020.