The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its order on a bunch of petitions looking for cancellation of final year examinations prescribed by UGC. The Court gave three days time to all events to give written submissions of their arguments.
Before reserving orders, the bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah heard the petitioners. The bench heard Delhi, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Odisha earlier than reserving orders.
The state of Maharashtra and UT of Delhi have cancelled the exams whereas Odisha, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Punjab have conveyed their incapacity to hold exams to UGC.
UGC represented by SG Tushar Mehta submitted on the finish.
During the listening to, the Court remarked “Under guise of NDMA state authorities cannot take decision with regard to standards of education. You can contend and argue that it is not possible or feasible to hold exams now. But to pass students based on earlier exams performance cannot be under your domain.”
Court additional acknowledged if it was potential for Universities to dilute requirements mounted by UGC. “If that is permitted, every University will have a different system of passing students. You cannot dilute the standards.”
For UGC, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta argued that this isn’t a battle between Centre and state. He additional identified that each one public well being precautions have been taken earlier than ordering for exams.
The high court docket was listening to a plea filed by college students in opposition to the UGC’s July 6 order to conduct final year exams by September 30. The UGC had by its July 6 order directed all 900 Universities throughout the nation to conduct final year exams by September 30 both by on-line, offline or blended mode of the above two.
Earlier on Friday, August 14, the identical SC bench had adjourned the matter for August 18. Arguing for petitioners, Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi mentioned that prior notifications of UGC issued in April 15, May 1 and June 29 realized the pandemic state of affairs and gave flexibility to universities to both conduct or not conduct exams. Now when pandemic is at its peak, how can UGC resolve to hold necessary exams when instructing has not been held.
Last week, the union house ministry had filed an affidavit within the Supreme Court saying that it has given relaxations to schools and universities throughout the nation and allowed them to open for conducting final-year examinations, in accordance with an order issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
On Monday, SC dismissed a plea filed by college students to postpone the JEE Mains and NEET exams, due to the Covid- 19 state of affairs.