The Supreme Court was approached by a total of 31 students from different universities across India to quash the latest University Grants Commission (UGC) circular directing universities to wrap up final year examinations by September 30 (Praneeth K & Ors vs UOI).
One petitioner amongst the 31 is COVID-19 positive. As the number of COVID-19 cases is on the rise, the plea to cancel the planned examinations in the interest of justice for the students was made.
Belonging from 13 states and one union territory, the students have sought to quash circular of the UGC released on 6 July whereby all universities all across India have been asked to wrap up final year or final term examinations before September 30.
Advocate Anubha Srivastava Sahai had filed the petition and prayed that cancelling of the final year exams of all universities should be done and the results of such students should be calculated on the basis of their internal assessment or past performance and to release the students’ mark sheets before July 31.
Directions sought for UGC to go the CBSE way
A direction to the UGC was prayed to adopt the CBSE model and conduct an examination at a later date for the students who are not satisfied with the marks awarded on the basis of their internal/ past assessment must be implemented.
The UGC earlier this week commented that over 640 universities responded on the question of holding varsity exams amid the pandemic. Out of which, 454 have either conducted the examination or are planning to conduct exams. 177 universities are yet to decide on the conduct of the examination.
The commission expressed that in the case of 27 private universities established during 2019-2020 to till date, the first batch is yet to become eligible for the final examination.