Supreme Court: Examination in the epidemic is the big question on ‘right to life’:
Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi
During Friday’s hearing on the petitions filed in the Supreme Court against the final year examination in universities till September, students’ lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that the biggest question before the court is’ right to life’.
Singhvi said that the number of coronavirus cases and daily mortality is increasing daily. In this era of the epidemic, most of the students have returned to their respective homes and many students use public transport. In such a situation, the movement of students is an issue. He further said that examinations are conducted only after studying in class, but due to corona, studies have been interrupted for the last about 5 months, so how will the exam be conducted?
Singhvi said that the corona epidemic is a global problem, it is an extraordinary situation. All sectors are affected by the epidemic and most are closed. At such a time, no one is against regular examination; we are against examination during an epidemic. Singhvi further said that UGC cannot conduct any examination during such an extraordinary situation.
On the other hand, advocate Shyam Dewan said that it is not right for the UGC to declare the date of September 30 for the examination, because it does not even mention the health-related and corona related situation. Let us tell you that in the affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, the Union Home Ministry said that on the request of the Ministry of Education, permission has been given to open educational institutions for the final semester examination. According to the UGC instructions, the exemption is being given from the ‘Unlock 3’ guideline for conducting the examination.
In response to the petitions seeking cancellation of final year exams in universities across the country, UGC filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court opposing the decision of the Delhi government and Maharashtra government to cancel the final year exams of their state universities. is. The UGC has said that UGC is an independent institution; the responsibility of conducting examinations in universities is with the UGC and not any state government. The UGC again reiterated that it is entitled to conduct the examinations by September. Which is right in view of the future interests of the students?