The University Grants Commission, on Friday, asked the students to not stop preparing on the basis of the assumption that the finals exams will be postponed again. The commission stated this with regards to the pending final exams of final year students enrolled in institutes of higher education across the country.
“Students should continue to prepare for the examinations. Students should not be under the impression that examinations will be stayed because of the Supreme Court hearing”, stated the higher education governing body in court today.
This statement was made by the commission in the Supreme Court today while the highest judicial body was hearing the proceedings of the case filed against UGC’s guidelines to conduct final year examination in Universities and colleges across the country. The case was taken in by the court after students from across the nation filed petitions against the UGC’s guidelines.
The court today announced that a decision would be made on this issue by the first leg of the next month and thus set the final hearing for August 10. As reported by NDTV, Abhishek Manu Sanghvi, who was appearing for one of the petitioners said that conducting exams online is “arbitrary”.
“Option exam is problematic. If someone cannot appear and is given a later option, it will create chaos”, he quoted in his statement.
However, the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta quoted “Let nobody be under the impression that because the court is hearing, everything is stayed. Students should continue to prepare”.
The guidelines by the UGC which have centered around conducting the final year examination of college and university students have been criticized by students and various other stakeholders in education around the country.
The commission has been directing the universities to find ways to take exams and the universities have been failing in doing so. Last month, Delhi University tried to conduct mock examinations so that students can get a feel of the online platform for examination. This mock exam was accompanied by system hangs, failure to upload answer sheets, wrong question papers and a plethora of other problems.
The Supreme Court’s August 10 verdict would finally bring an end to this ongoing feud between the commission and the students and would also decide the fate of millions of students of the country.