All roads for aspirants during the pandemic seeking postponement of exams lead to the Supreme Court (SC), which scheduled a hearing on Thursday on a PIL seeking deferment of the Civil Services (UPSC Prelims) exam to be conducted on October 4.
The Supreme Court has already deal with identical pleas seeking postponement of various exams such as JEE (Main), National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (UG), CBSE board, chartered accountants, and final year college in the past few months.
The SC had satisfied itself in all cases with safety measures taken to reduce the spread of coronavirus infection among students and had permitted the exams to go on.
States had said they would not conduct final year exams and decided to pass the candidates based on their past performance. Whereas, the UGC or University Grants Commission stated that it would not consider degrees given to candidates without appearing in final exams.
Justice Ashok Bhushan, a bench head said that on the conduct of exams, the UGC was the final authority. And States are not allowed to award degrees to students without conduction of exams. However, States had the power to postpone final year examinations, under the Disaster Management Act. They can postpone the exams beyond the September 30 deadline set by UGC inferable to the health crisis.
Moreover, a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra had rejected to interfere in the conduct of JEE (Main) and NEET (UG) examinations but saw to it that the permissions guaranteed proper safeguards. The Supreme Court had said that the pandemic was a fact but life should not stop.
A petition is filed by six states looking for an audit of the request and looked for a stay on these two tests yet the SC had immediately excused the survey plea.
The bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and A M Khanwilkar too has managed the issue identifying with the delay of CA exams and rejected help. On Thursday a similar bench managed the request documented by V G Sai Prakash looking for deferment of the UPSC Prelims assessment.
The bench requested that the applicant serve an advance copy of the appeal to the UPSC Prelims counsel just as the standing counsel for the Union government and posted the issue for hearing on September 28. The candidate has looked for suppression of the assessment scheduled for October 4 referring to troubles presented by the pandemic and disasters.
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