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Supreme Court of India hearing of UGC about final year exam

A JUSTICE ASHOK BHUSHAN LED BENCH OF THE SUPREME COURT IS HEARING A BATCH OF PLEAS CHALLENGING THE UGC GUIDELINES MANDATING COMPLETION OF FINAL YEAR EXAMS BY UNIVERSITIES BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30.

31 August 2020 hearing of UGC on Supreme Court of India.

THE CRUCIAL HEARING COMES AFTER THE TOP COURT ISSUED NOTICE TO THE UGC AND SOUGHT TO KNOW IF HEALTH CONCERNS RAISED BY STUDENTS APPREHENSIVE OF APPEARING IN THE EXAMS AMID THE PANDEMIC IS MISPLACED.
THE LEAD PETITION IN THE CASE WAS FILED BY ANUBHA SHRIVASTAVA SAHAI AND WOULD BE ARGUED BY ADVOCATE ALAKH ALOK SRIVASTAVA.
SENIOR ADVOCATE DR ABHISHEK MANU SINGHVI TO APPEAR FOR FINAL YEAR LAW STUDENT YASH DUBEY.
SENIOR ADVOCATE SHYAM DIVAN TO APPEAR FOR YUVASENA CHIEF ADITYA THACKERAY.

SENIOR ADVOCATE ABHISHEK MANU SINGHVI MAKES SUBMISSIONS FOR FINAL YEAR LAW STUDENT YASH DUBEY.

SINGHVI: THE REPLY BY UGC HAS BEEN FILED WITHOUT ANY APPLICATION OF MIND. LOOK AT THE EARLIER GUIDELINES AND LOOK AT THE ONES ISSUED ON JULY 6.

SUPREME COURT THREE-JUDGE JUDGE BENCH TAKES TIME TO ASSIMILATE ALL THE REJOINDERS FILED IN THE CASE.

SENIOR ADVOCATE SINGHVI: THE FIRST GUIDELINE WAS 3 MONTHS AGO BY UGC ON APRIL 22.
SUPREME COURT PASSES OVER THE CASE AS REJOINDERS FILED BY PETITIONER ARE NOT IN ORDER.

ADVOCATE ALAKH ALOK SRIVASTAVA SUBMITS THAT 31 PETITIONERS IN THE CASE ARE STUDENTS. TODAY MORE THAN 25,000 COVID 19 CASE HAS BEEN RECORDED. IT'S A HIGHEST SINGLE DAY SPIKE.

SINGHVI SUBMITS: THE GUIDELINES WERE REVERSED IN JULY.
JUSTICE BHUSHAN: UGC CAN ALWAYS REVISIT GUIDELINES.
SINGHVI: THIS REVISTING WAS ARBITRARY.

SINGHVI: SOME OF THE UNIVERSITIES LACK BASIC IT INFRASTRUCTURE TO CONDUCT THESE ONLINE EXAMS. IT IS NOT FEASIBLE TO ADOPT THE ONLINE MODE OF EXAM UNIFORMLY.
SUPREME COURT: GUIDELINES PROVIDE FOR BOTH ONLINE AND OFFLINE.

SINGHVI: NOW THIS IS STRIKING ... THE NEW GUIDELINES WAS TO MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR STUDENTS AMID COVID19.

SINGHVI: THIS OPTIONAL EXAM IS PROBLEMATIC. IF SOMEONE CANNOT APPEAR IN THE EXAM AND IS GIVEN A LATER OPTION, IT WILL CREATE CHAOS!
COURT: BUT IT IS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE STUDENTS.

COURT: ARE DECISIONS BY THE STATE DISASTER MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE ON THE RECORD?
SINGHVI: I WILL PLACE THEM ON RECORD.


SINGHVI: MANY UNIVERSITIES HAVE BEEN CONVERTED INTO COVID-19 CENTERS. THIS IS THERE IN MAHARASHTRA AND WEST BENGAL. BAR COUNCIL TOO HAS CANCELLED THE EXAMS. THE JULY 6 GUIDELINES IGNORE THE MHA GUIDELINES TOO.

SINGHVI: HEAVENS WILL NOT FALL IF EXAMS ARE CANCELLED.
SC: MHA GUIDELINES WERE OF JULY 20. HOW CAN JULY 6 GUIDELINES TAKE THEM INTO ACCOUNT? THE PURPOSE OF THAT GUIDELINE BY MHA DID NOT RELATE TO EXAMS.


SINGHVI: SECTION 62 OF NDMA STATES THAT STATE GOVERNMENT CAN TAKE DECISIONS IN THIS REGARD AND SECTION 72 GIVES AN OVERRIDING EFFECT TO THIS.
SC: WHO APPEARS FOR THE STATE OF MAHARASHTRA?

ADVOCATE SACHIN PATIL FOR STATE OF MAHARASHTRA: I WILL PLACE ON RECORD OUR REPLY.
JUSTICE BHUSHAN: WE WILL GRANT YOU TIME. LET THE DECISION TAKEN BY THE STATE DISASTER MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE OF MAHARASHTRA BE FILED IN REPLY.
SUPREME COURT ADJOURNS THE CASE TILL AUGUST 10.

SC: (TO SG MEHTA) PLEASE MAKE THE STAND OF THE MHA CLEAR.
SG: WE WILL. BY MONDAY LATEST. NOBODY SHOULD BE UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT THEY CANNOT PREPARE. STUDENTS SHOULD PREPARE FOR THE EXAM.
SC: WE HAVE NOT PASSED ANY INTERIM ORDER.

SUPREME COURT: AFFIDAVITS TO BE FILED BY AUGUST 7. REJOINDERS AFTER A DAY POST-AUGUST 7.
MATTER TO BE HEARD NEXT ON AUGUST 10.

ADVOCATE ALAKH ALOK SRIVASTAVA REQUESTS SC TO PASS AN INTERIM ORDER AS MANY STUDENTS ARE STUCK IN FLOOD AFFECTED AREAS OF BIHAR AND ASSAM.
ALAKH: HOW WILL THEY TRAVEL MY LORD?
SUPREME COURT: WE ARE NOT PASSING ANY INTERIM ORDERS NOW. MATTER ON AUGUST 10.

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