The July 6 directive by College Grants Fee (UGC) asking universities throughout the nation to carry last yr/ terminal semester examinations by the tip of September is meant to guard the tutorial future of scholars which can be irreparably broken if the examinations aren’t held, the UGC instructed the Supreme Courtroom on Thursday.
The UGC additionally submitted earlier than the apex courtroom that the choice has been taken conserving in thoughts the well being and security of scholars and courts mustn’t usually intervene in educational choices and insurance policies regarding requirements and high quality of schooling.
“All universities/ establishments within the nation are obligated to conduct terminal semester/ last yr examination by the tip of September 2020. The UGC took the choice to guard the tutorial future of scholars throughout the nation whereas additionally conserving in thoughts their well being and security”, the affidavit filed by UGC stated.
The affidavit was filed in response to a batch of petitions by a number of college students and organizations difficult the July 6 pointers situation by UGC to carry last yr examinations by September. A COVID-19 constructive pupil was one of many petitioners elevating the demand for the exams to be cancelled in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Shiv Sena’s youth wing Yuva Sena was additionally a petitioner earlier than the Courtroom.
The petitioners have demanded the apex courtroom to contemplate scrapping on-line/offline check and as an alternative direct UGC to declare outcomes by July 31 primarily based on their previous efficiency or inside evaluation.
The Supreme Courtroom bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah had issued discover to UGC on Monday.
The UGC had, on April 29, revealed pointers for universities to comply with concerning holding of examinations taking into consideration the Covid-19 state of affairs.
As per the identical, examinations have been to be held in July 2020. The rules have been issued primarily based on a report by an skilled committee headed by Chairperson of Central College of Haryana, RC Kuhad.
As per the rules, universities may conduct the examinations in on-line or offline mode and by making certain adherence to social distancing pointers.
Nonetheless, in view of the evolving state of affairs of Covid-19 pandemic, the UGC, in June, requested the skilled committee to revisit the rules. Primarily based on the skilled committee’s suggestions, recent pointers have been then issued on July 6, directing holding of examinations by the tip of September.
“Last yr/ terminal semester examinations are necessary as a result of the training strategy of a dynamic interplay the place the one manner to determine what the scholars know is to hunt proof of their information. Educational analysis of ultimate yr college students is, due to this fact, a vital milestone in any schooling system,” UGC stated.
The UGC directive adequately account for the evolving state of affairs of Covid-19 pandemic as a result of adequate time is supplied to conduct the examinations after following the prescribed procedures and protocols referring to Covid-19.
“It provides adequate flexibility to universities to conduct exams on-line offline or blended (on-line and offline) mode and supply for examination via particular probability for college students who’re unable to look for the examinations by September 2020. Issues of the petitioners have been greater than adequately addressed by UGC,” the affidavit added.