Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Supreme Court of India will hear a plea filed by 31 students from across the country challenging the University Grants Commission (UGC) decision to make final year exams 2020 compulsory for college and university students.
The plea filed by students seeks cancellation of Final Term Exams 2020 and suggest promotion of students on the basis of their previous performance. The Apex court’s 3 judge bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan will hear the case today. The bench also includes Justices R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah.
The petitioners have urged Court to direct UGC to adopt the CBSE Board Exam 2020 model for University Exams and declare results on the basis of internal assessment. Under the CBSE model, students who are not satisfied with the marks awarded to them on the basis of internal assessment, will be provided a chance to reappear for the exam at a later date, when situation becomes conducive. The plea sought cancellation of scheduled examinations in the interest of students as the number of COVID-19 cases is on the rise. It also proposed that their mark sheets should be issued by July 31.
The commission revealed that it has received responses from over 818 universities (121 deemed universities, 291 private universities, 51 central universities, and 355 state universities), on the matter of holding final year exams amid the on-going health emergency.