The Supreme Court had asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to respond to the petitions challenging the final year examination in universities across the country. Today the next hearing of this case will be held. The petitions have requested not to conduct the examination in view of the health of the students. The petitions filed in the Supreme Court have challenged the UGC guidelines issued on July 6, asking all universities in the country to conduct the final year examination before 30 September.
31 students from different universities have filed the petition
Petitions have been filed by 31 students from different universities including Praneeth, Yash Dubey, a law student, Aditya Thackeray, leader of Yuva Sena, Shiv Sena’s youth wing, and student Krishna Waghmare. These petitions have referred to the spread of the corona virus in the country. It has been demanded that the way the Supreme Court ordered to declare the result on the basis of the average of the examination and internal assessment held so far in the CBSE case, the same should be done in this case as well.
The matter was heard in front of the bench of Supreme Court Justices Ashok Bhushan, Subhash Reddy, and MR Shah for hearing. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, present in the court on behalf of the UGC, said that 209 out of 818 universities in the country have conducted the final year examination. 394 are going to conduct the examination. Students can be given the option of online and offline examination. This will not threaten their health.
Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, appearing for 31 students, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi appearing for law student Yash Dubey and senior advocate Shyam Dewan, appearing for Yuva Sena, disagreed with the suggestion. He said that due to the increasing cases of corona in the country, the conduct of examination at this time can pose a serious threat to the health of students. The judges assured these lawyers that a decision would be taken at the earliest hearing in the case.