The UGC matter got here up earlier than a Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan at the moment. Advocate for the scholars is looking for to cancel the examination.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had informed a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan that states can not change the principles of the UGC as solely it’s empowered to prescribe guidelines for conferring diploma.
Mehta argued that not conducting exams won’t be within the curiosity of scholars and levels will not be acknowledged if the states would act unilaterally.
The apex court docket was listening to a batch of pleas which have challenged the July 6 directive to all the colleges and faculties to conduct closing yr examinations by September 30 amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
During the listening to carried out by means of video-conferencing, Mehta knowledgeable the bench in regards to the selections of Delhi and Maharashtra to cancel closing yr exams of state universities.
He mentioned that the UGC would file its response on the affidavits filed by Maharashtra and Delhi within the matter.
The bench granted time to the UGC to file response and posted the matter for additional listening to on August 14.
The UGC has informed the Supreme Court that closing examination is a “essential step” within the educational profession of a pupil and the state authorities can not say that its July 6 directive, asking universities and faculties to conduct closing yr examinations by September 30 amid the Covid-19 pandemic, was “not binding”.
It mentioned the rules supplies adequate flexibility to the colleges or establishments for conducting the ultimate yr or terminal semester examinations and it had duly consulted the stakeholders earlier than issuing it.
Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, showing for among the petitioners, had claimed that the July 6 guideline for holding exams are neither authorized or constitutionally legitimate.
The UGC, in its affidavit filed by means of advocate Apoorv Kurup, mentioned Maharashtra couldn’t fall again on the DM Act to encroach into a site completely reserved for the fee. “The State Disaster Management Authority’s June 18 choice to not maintain final yr closing semester examination of each skilled and non-professional programs and the resultant authorities decision dated June 19 in addition to the state authority’s July 13 choice reiterating non-holding of examination, are in violation of the UGC’s April 29 and July 6 tips, which have to be adopted by universities/establishments and, as such, are void ab initio,” the fee mentioned.
The UGC emphasised the necessity to conduct terminal or closing examinations, saying it was an important step within the educational profession of a pupil. “Therefore, the UGC has issued such tips to guard the tutorial future of scholars throughout the nation which shall be irreparably broken if their closing yr/terminal semester examinations are usually not held, whereas additionally holding in thoughts their well being and security,” it mentioned.
Maharashtra couldn’t cite developments “on the grassroots stage” to nullify/override UGC’s tips, and permit college students to graduate with out showing for closing examinations, it added.