Final year students approach the Supreme Court to quash UGC’s direction for conducting exams
July 21, 2020
Final year students from different states India have approached the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India to vide a writ petition under Article 32 of the Constitution seeking the Court’s kind indulgence to quash and set aside the order passed by the UGC dated 6th July 2020. As per the order of UGC, Universities/ Colleges are required to conduct final year examination by September 30, 2020.
In the petition one of the petitioners is a COVID 19 patient who stated that most of the families are suffering from COVID 19 and UGC forcing students to appear for the final examination is a violation of Right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution of India.
Another significant ground mentioned in the petition is that since usually degrees are granted along with mark sheets every year by July 31, conducting of examination by September 30 would deprive the students of getting jobs and opportunities to seek admissions for higher education, which is a grave violation of Article 14. Further, states like Maharashtra, Delhi etc has made decisions of cancelling final year examination and declare results on past performance and class assignment. Therefore, conducting final examination in other states of North-East, Bihar, Orissa and others are also violative of Article 14.
In this petition, various reasons are mentioned justifying the cancellation of the examination. The flood problems of Assam & Bihar, the difficulty of transportation facility, the financial crisis faced by affected families and problems related to rented accommodation are genuine difficulties which are urged to be considered before the Hon’ble Supreme Court. Moreover, the petitioner alleges the respondent’s decision as arbitrary and whimsical as no prior consultation with other stakeholders, teachers, Doctors, Universities and Colleges were done in this regard.