A petition in the Gujarat High Court has challenged the decision of several universities to conduct examinations in the conventional manner (where physical presence of students will be needed in exam halls to attend the exam) in the state. The petition alleged that the move to conduct exams in a conventional manner was in violation of the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for Unlock 1.0.
It further said that lack of clarification by the UGC on its earlier order had resulted in universities and colleges interpreting it in their own way resulting in issuance of orders to conduct examinations in a conventional way. It also pointed out that the MHA guidelines of May 30, 2020 for Unlock 1.0 clearly states that the decision to re-open schools/colleges and other such institutes will be taken in the second phase of Unlock 2.0 and that too in consultation with states and union territories, parents, teachers and other stakeholders.
It also pointed out that if educational institutes were to be reopened after consultation, there will be a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the same. The petition wants the court to direct the authorities to prepare an SOP for the same and in the interim sought a stay preventing universities from conducting the exams. The petition was filed by Priyank Pandya and Harsh Patadiya through their lawyer Mohammed Vora.