New Delhi : The Supreme Court heard the matter today at 11 Am in the morning lead by Justice Ashok Bhushan. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the University Grants Commission (UGC) asked court to grant a day to UGC to file counter affidavit.
SC grants time to UGC and have adjourned the final hearing till 14 August, friday. Delhi and Maharashtra government have also filed there affidavits. Affidavits stating that Final year exams is not possible according to Disaster management authority.
Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastatava appearing for 31 petitioners, questioned the legality of conducting final year exams during the pandemic. The court also allows senior advocate Arvind Datar’s request to put on record the situation of all states for conducting final year exams.
Ministry of Home affairs (MHA) was also asked by the court to clear its stand on final year exams. According to the UGC, universities were asked to inform the status of holding the exams. Responses were received from 818 universities including 121 deemed, 291 private, 51 central and 355 state universities.
Of the total 818 universities, 603 have either conducted or are planning to hold the examinations. While 209 have already conducted exams in either online or offline mode.
UGC also states that they are not in a mood to change their decision. The matter will now be heard on August 14 and this can be the last hearing for this matter. SC to pronounce final order in the next hearing.
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