The Supreme Court has adjourned hearings in the University Grants Commission (UGC) final-year exam matter until August 18.
The pleas challenged the UGC’s exam-related guidelines issued on July 6 that made final-year or final-semester university exams compulsory despite the coronavirus outbreak. Earlier during its hearing on August 10, the court postponed the matter to August 14, and asked the UGC and the solicitor general, Tushar Mehta, to file their replies in three days. In its affidavit, the Ministry of Home Affairs reportedly stated that universities can conduct final year examination in August and September, as per the UGC guidelines.
Abhishek Manu Singhvi, lead counsel, in the case argued: “The UGC guidelines now is a ‘one size fits all’ method and does not consider the issues of transport and accessibility.” Singhvi further added that nobody is against the exams in regular times.
“We are against the exams in pandemic time,” he argued. Singhvi also argued that the guidelines violate Article 14 of the Constitution, which guarantees equality before law, says the report. Senior counsel Shyam Divan, while arguing against the UGC guidelines said that the UGC guidelines state that they are advisory and that universities are free to chart out their own plan accordingly.
Earlier, On July 6, the UGC issued exam-related guidelines asking universities to complete the final year, final semester examination by September end in offline, online or blended mode.