source: economic times


On Thursday the Supreme Court that the plea challenging UGC Guidelines dated July 6, whereby all the Universities/ Colleges have been notified to perform final year Examinations by September 30, 2020, will be taken up by a Justice Ashok Bhushan directed bench in the following two days.

A bench of Justices L. Nageswara Rao and Hemant Gupta observed Solicitor General Tushar Mehta’s accommodation that a Justice Ashok Bhushan drove seat had just excused a comparable request recorded by the Yuva Sena on July 18.

Advocate Dhruv Mehta additionally referenced the last year law understudy Yash Dubey’s supplication which likewise looked for wiping out of UGC commanded last year tests before the bench.

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs had allowed the lead of exams by Universities and Institutions vide notice dated July 6, 2020, and had requested the Universities to mandatorily direct examination of last year’s understudies according to UGC rules and Standard Operating Procedure.

Senior Advocate Dhruv Mehta referenced another request looking for a comparative petition, recorded by a Law Student subduing the Notification and modified guidelines separately, calling for obligatory conduction of Final Term Examinations in the midst of the pandemic circumstance

The Petitioners, including a COVID positive understudy, brought up that there are numerous last year understudies, who themselves or their relatives are COVID positive.

they have submitted that Driving such understudies to show up in the last year University Examination on 30.09.2020, is egregiously violative of their Right to Life, as cherished inside Article 21 of Constitution of India.

In the encouragement of the previously mentioned notification, UGC has given reconsidered rules for University assessment for terminal semester students whereby it notified Universities to perform exams in offline (pen & paper)/ online/ blended).

Different complaints raised by the Petitioners include:

The choice to perform last year assessment was taken by the Respondents in an absolutely subjective and capricious way, even without talking with different stakeholders, similar to Doctors, Teachers, Students, Universities and Colleges and so on and along these lines the whole beginning of the said Decision, is inaccurate and misplaced.

The Respondents have disregarded the situation of lakhs of understudies having a place with Bihar, Assam and North Eastern States, which are directly seeing a perpetual flood

There is no free development of Railways and just a choice number of the train is working. In such a circumstance, an understudy who needs to head out to his/her Examination Center through open Transport will have to encounter massive trouble.

Part of troubles in getting leased/PG facilities across India, as Landlords are reluctant to give such convenience nowadays, due to COVID-19 flare-up.


Guardians of the affected understudies are confronting most financial distress due to reduced financial opportunities n the midst of COVID-19 emergency. In such a circumstance, further troubling them with the expense of Transportation, Accommodation, and Medical Treatment of their wards, for showing up in the inscribed assessment, is absolutely out of line, out of line, and unjustifiable.

On a similar note, the Bombay High Court recently circulated a notice to the State of Maharashtra, University Grants Commission, and Bar Council of India in a PIL documented by a law student seeking cancellation of final year examinations during the continuous epidemic of Covid-19.



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