A petition has been filed in Supreme Court seeking an assignment of directions to the Centre and UGC for the conduct of final year exams. The petition demands that the center and UGC must be issued directions for surpassing the notification and revised guidelines. The revised guidelines of UGC mandates the conduction of final year exams amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The petition has been filed by AOR Raj Kamal on the position of Yash Dubey, a law student at Baraktullah University, Bhopal. The petition seeks issuance of relevant directions against the center and UGC’s revised guidelines. The plea demands effective actions for the insurance of not only the petitioner rather lakhs of students whose lives are on risk. The guidelines withdraw the primary rights of the students which encompass the right to fitness. Students’ right to health is being violated by the revised guidelines as they are being subjected to exposure of Coronavirus.
It further stated that the MHA’s guidelines issued on July 6 which mandates the conduction of final year exams are life-threatening. The guidelines expose final year students to great risk and will lead to infringement of basic doctrines of right to health. It further urged for providing an alternative method of evaluation in place of conducting final year exams amid coronavirus outbreak.
The plea further takes into account the problems of outstation students who will have to travel back in order to air for final year exams. These students will be exposed to a greater risk as they have to travel to reach the examination centers.
Therefore, the petition requests for the promotion on the basis of previous records instead of conducting final year exams. So that students will not have to risk their lives to sit for final year exams.
The petitioner Dubey asserted that revised UGC’s guidelines and MHA’s order we’re released concerned with the health of students. It further claims that the guidelines are hazardous to the health of a number of students. It noted that a number of state governments have written letters to HRD minister requesting to reexamine its guidelines.
The petition reads that it will be entirely unjust to the problems of thousands of students who will have to write final year examinations. The online exams will simultaneously affect the interest of the students who don’t have proper access to the internet. Also, there are students who do not have computers and laptops in their homes which are the core essentials. As per the reports, many students from across the country have committed suicides after failing to attend online classes. The reports say that inability to attend online classes ultimately turned a backlog for students.
Furthermore the plea requests for assignment of directions by the MHA asking universities to set a parameter. Also, it demands to evaluate students on former year records. Furthermore, demanding the promotion of students and therefore awarding provisional degrees instead of conducting final year examinations.