The UGC has filed its reply in the Supreme Court, stating that the purpose of conducting the final year examinations by September 30 is to handle the future of the students so that the students do not delay the next year of studies. The matter will be heard tomorrow in the Supreme Court.
In the previous hearing, the Supreme Court had asked the UGC to respond to the petitions challenging the final year examination in universities across the country.
Petitions filed in the Supreme Court have been requested not to conduct the examination in view of the health of the students regarding the corona. The petitions have sought a direction from the Supreme Court to cancel the UGC guidelines issued on 6 July. On July 6, UGC guidelines instructed all universities and colleges to hold final year examinations by September 30.
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs had issued a notification of 6 July 2020 by universities and institutes to allow the examination to be conducted and ordered the universities to conduct final year exams as per UGC guidelines.
The petitioners also include a COVID positive student, stating that there are many final year students who are either themselves or members of their family COVID positive. Forcing such students to appear in the final year examinations till 30 September 2020 is an open violation of the right to life conferred under Article 21.
UGC has issued a notification in which it stated that the final year and semester examinations will be conducted for the students. Although examinations were cancelled for the first year and second year students. The students have protested against it and said that it is important for the student’s future.