New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its order on a batch of pleas challenging University Grants Commission’s (UGC) July 6 circular and seeking cancellation of final term examination in view of COVID-19 pandemic. A 3-judge bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah has directed all the parties to file their written submissions within the next three days. Also Read - CBSE Results 2020: Class 12 Compartment Exam Results to Be Declared by October 10
Appearing for the UGC, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that the exam deadline was not a diktat, rather it was given in the interest of students. Citing Disaster Management Act, SG Mehta said that the Central Government have the supremacy to decide under the same. “The conduction of final-year exam is a must. One cannot say that holding it is arbitrary”, he asserted. Also Read - No Coercive Action Against Facebook Chief in Delhi Riots Case Till Oct 15: Supreme Court to Delhi Assembly
On the other hand, senior advocate KV Vishwanathan appearing for the Delhi government stated that there is a difference between rich and poor students and that the latter may not have access to technology to appear in the online examinations Also Read - Provide Food & Monetary Support Urgently to Starving 1.2 Lakh Sex Workers: SC Directs States
Earlier, the UGC had said that the final examination is a crucial step in the academic career of a student and the state government cannot refuse to hold them.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) had said the July 6 guidelines are based on the recommendations of experts and have been made after due deliberation and it is wrong to claim that it will not be possible to conduct the final examinations in terms of the guidelines.