The Supreme Court will resume hearing of pleas challenging the July 6th circular of UGC mandating to conduct the final term exam by the end of September amid the Covid. The hearing has been listed infront of three judges bench : Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy and MR Shah.
Later this week, Justice Ashok Bhushan had adjourned the hearings on the opposing pleas against the UGC final term exam which also seek cancellation of the term in the view of Covid-19 situation.
The students plea representative, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi justified the situation in this pandemic saying that India has reached the top 3 countries having Covid with 900 deaths per day and 20,000 – 40,000 cases growing everyday.
“There is a direct nexus between teaching and taking of exams. How can there be no teaching with exams! UGC circular is farman. Education is not special now, the pandemic is. This situation is extra- ordinary. The pandemic is state-neutral, political colour neutral, people neutral,” Singhvi said.
Another senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for another petitioner said that the lockdown is going on and could the UGC hae promoted its guidelines? If the UGC could not do it that time, it is not possible to do it now.
He also stated that in the state of Maharashtra the cases have been growing intensely and some of the colleges have been turned into quarantine centers due to the lack of hospitals.
He also added that the students life as well as teachers life are homogeneous class and the UGC cannot state that the 3rd year student’s life is less than that of the 1st year.
To counteract, the UGC filed an affidavit on Thursday that the decision of Delhi and Maharashtra government to cancel the final term exam can directly impact the standards of higher education in the country. The court is to resume the hearing of pleas opposing UGC’s decision today.
Written by Ompriya Sahoo
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