Apart from the 31 students, the other petitioners in the case are Krishna Waghmare, along with Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shivsena Chief Uddhav Thackeray’s son and Yuvasena chief Aditya Thackeray and last-year law students Yash Dubey.
Hearing in the Supreme Court on Friday against the UGC Guidelines 2020 for final year / semester examination in the country’s universities was deferred till August 10. The court refused to pass an interim order in the case and asked the Union Home Ministry to clarify its stand on the issue.
A three-member bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice MR Shah was hearing the petitions which were filed in the top court against the revised guidelines of the UGC on July 6. These petitions oppose that the final year examinations of the university will be conducted before 30 September.
The main petition in the case was filed by 31 students studying in universities across the country. These students have challenged the UGC guidelines, saying that by doing so (by issuing guidelines) during the COVID-19 crisis, students are being forced to appear in the exam. This can pose a threat to the health of students.
Apart from the 31 students, other petitioners in the case are Yuvasena chief Aditya Thackeray and final year law students Yash Dubey along with Krishna Waghmare. All these are in favor of not conducting the examination at present in view of the atmosphere that has arisen due to the Corona crisis.
On behalf of Dubey, Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that at present there are about 1.6 million cases of Corona in the country and the UGC issued the guidelines without considering it. The university also does not have the basic IT infrastructure to conduct examinations online, whereas due to corona, offline exams cannot be conducted.
“It is creating problems now … New guidelines are creating more difficulties for students during the Corona crisis,” said Singhvi. Optional exams will also be problematic. If someone is unable to appear in the examination and later he will be given a chance, then in that case there will be chaos! ”
Singhvi also argued – many universities have been converted into corona centers. This has happened in Maharashtra and West Bengal. The Bar Council has also canceled the examinations. The July 6 guidelines also violate MHA guidelines.
The bench further sought an answer from Maharashtra State Executive Committee under the Disaster Management Act in Maharashtra. Also asked the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who is representing the government, to clear the stand of the ministry regarding conducting the examinations. The court, while adjourning the hearing, said that Affedavid should also be filed by 7 August.
What is the whole issue ?: Actually, UGC in its revised guidelines has asked all the universities in the country to conduct the final year or last semester examinations till September.
Regarding its guidelines, the UGC on Thursday clarified that it wants to save the academic future of students across the country by conducting exams before September, while the students are continuously opposing the examinations. Students argue that on the one hand they will not be able to appear for the examinations due to floods in states like Assam and Bihar.
From above, people will also come due to Corona crisis. The governments of Maharashtra and Delhi had even announced to cancel the final year exams, but the UGC had said on their move that the state / UT cannot take such a decision.