The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday sought a reply from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) over a batch of petitions seeking cancellation of exams in September due to the coronavirus pandemic.
SC, however, refused to pass any interim order on the batch of petitions.
Exams will be conducted, says UGC
The University Grants Commission (UGC) submitted before the apex court that people should not be under the impression that since the matter is being examined by the court, the exams will be stayed.
The top court’s bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said it is not passing any orders on the issue and posted the matters for further hearing on August 10.
MHA will clarify its stand, says solicitor general
Solicitor general Tushar Mehta informed the bench that he would apprise the court about MHA’s stand on the issue.
Appearing for the Centre, Mehta said they are only concerned with final year exams and out of over 800 universities in the country, 209 have completed the examinations.
He said that around 390 universities are in the process of conducting the examinations.
“Let nobody remain under the impression that since this court is examining this, it will be stayed. Let students continue with their studies,” Mehta said.
To this, the bench said, “We are not passing any such order.”
Maharashtra asked to submit order of state disaster management committee
The court asked Maharashtra’s counsel to place the June 19 order of the state disaster management committee passed in this regard.
“Let the decision (of state disaster management committee of Maharashtra) be brought on record,” the court said.
The top court said all the affidavits be filed by August 7.
Lawyer raises Assam, Bihar flood
At the fag end of the hearing, advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, appearing for some of the petitioners, raised the issue of the plight of students in the flood-affected areas of Assam and Bihar.
“This is not a case for interim order today,” the bench said. “On August 10, we will hear it”.
UGC justifies its stand
On Thursday, the UGC justified its decision directing all universities and institutions to hold final year/semester examinations in September. It submitted that it was being done to protect the academic future of the students across India.
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