The Supreme Court of India has postponed the hearing of a petition that demanded cancellation of final-year University examinations to August 14. The University Grants Commission (UGC) ‘s July 6 guidelines on exams made it compulsory for universities to complete final-year or final-semester examinations by the end of September in offline, online, or combination mode.
Following protests against these guidelines, a batch of Public Interest Litigations was filed in the Supreme Court, including one by a group of 31 final year students from different parts of the country. The students demanded that instead of conducting final year examination universities should evaluate students based on their past performance and the internal assessment, as going for the examination will pose a serious health risk for them. The 31 students who challenged the UGC’s exam-related guidelines also appealed to the court to grant relief for the final year and consider the students’ jobs and admission opportunities.
A decision on the guidelines was expected today. Still, it has now been deferred as the court asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) and Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta to file their replies within three days, reported Live Law. They will also have to file replies to affidavits made by the Maharashtra and Delhi governments, as the two states have declared that they will not be conducting examinations due to rising cases of the coronavirus pandemic. Shiv Sena youth wing Yuva Sena also filed a similar petition challenging University Grants Commission guidelines on conducting final year examinations.
The University of Delhi after clearance from the Delhi High Court commenced its final year Open Book Exam today. DU has decided to hold the final year examination in OBE mode due to the COVID-19 pandemic.