'Decision Not Arbitrary, Won't Cancel Exams': Top Education Body UGC To Supreme Court Amid Pandemic

The federal government earlier this month had stated that exams can happen.

New Delhi:

The ultimate-term examinations in faculties and better instructional establishments – pending since March due to the lockdown to verify the unfold of the extremely infectious coronavirus – will not be cancelled, the College Grants Fee or UGC advised the Supreme Court docket immediately, including that the choice to carry the exams by September 30 was taken to “shield the educational future of scholars”.

The UGC’s remarks in an affidavit got here after the highest courtroom sought its response o a batch of petitions that sought examination cancellation. A particular probability will likely be given to the scholars who cannot seem for the exams amid the pandemic, the highest instructional physique advised the courtroom immediately.

“The choice to carry the exams was not arbitrary… it was taken after suggestions by consultants. The decision taken by some states for cancellation and confer the levels will influence the requirements of upper schooling and it isn’t permissible underneath UGC pointers. Conducting examinations for last 12 months college students is critical to check them on ‘specialised elective programs’ studied by them in the course of the terminal 12 months,” the courtroom was advised.

The UGC is charged with coordination, dedication and upkeep of requirements of upper schooling.

The Supreme Court docket will take up the matter tomorrow and try a clutch of petitions, together with the one filed by Mahashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray, that urged the courtroom to postpone or cancel the exams.

Earlier this month, the Union Residence Ministry had stated that the end-term exams in faculties and academic establishments can happen.

As part of the “normal working process” (SOP), the tutorial establishments have been suggested by the UGC to carry the final-year or end-semester exams by in pen-and-paper, on-line mode or a “blended” mode.

The federal government’s resolution was criticized by a number of opposition leaders together with ex-Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.

Maharashtra, Odisha, West Bengal and Punjab had additionally expressed concern amid spike in coronavirus instances.

This morning, India’s covid tally jumped to 15.83 lakh instances after over 52,000 contemporary infections had been reported within the earlier 24 hours.

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