A group of 31 students have filed a petition against the UGC on its decision to conduct final year exams by September end. The Supreme Court will hear the plea today against the UGC exam guidelines.
The plea also seeks directions to the UGC to adopt a CBSE model and conduct an examination at a later date for the students who are not satisifed with the marks awarded on the basis of assessment.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has been receiving a fiery backlash over the revised guidelines as lakhs of students across the country continue to protest the decision mandating universities to conduct final-year exams.
The UGC has asked the universities to conduct the exams in offline mode using pen and paper; online mode or blended mode in which exams can be held in both online and offline mode. The students, in their petition, have said that the examinations should be cancelled and results of such students should be calculated on the basis of their internal assessment or past performance.
The UGC says out of the 818 universities, 603 have either conducted the examination or are planning to conduct. While 209 others have already conducted examination (on-line/off-line), 394 are planning to conduct examination (on-line/off-line/blended mode) in August or September.
Shiv Sena leader Aditya Thackeray has also moved the top court on behalf of Yuva Sena, the youth wing of Shiv Sena, against the mandated final year exams in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases.
UGC Secretary Professor Rajnish Jain told India TV, “Universities have been asked to conduct final-year examinations by September-end and they are free to hold exams via any mode prescribed by the UGC. It is up to them to select the mode of examinations. And, safety and security of students is definitely of prime importance to us.”
Source: NDTVNational, News