Justice Ashok Bhushan announces a hearing on August 18, as the arguments on the pleas, seeking cancellation of final term examination in view of covid-19 situation, remain inclusive. On Thursday an affidavit was filed in the supreme court saying that the decision of Delhi and Maharashtra Government of cancelling the final term examination directly will ‘directly impact’ the standards of higher education in the country.
On the contrary, there have been pleas challenging the July 6 circular of UGC mandating to conduct the final term exams by the end of September. Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi pointed India as third in the world in the most number of covid positive cases, experiencing almost 900 deaths per day and 50 to 60 thousand new cases coming up daily, highlighting the severity of the situation in his statement. Another senior advocate Shyam Divan, said that ‘Teachers and invigilators are also homogeneous class. It doesn’t matter which class of semester you teach. The same goes for students’. He also stated that ‘the UCG can’t state that the lives of 3rd year students are less than that of a first or second year’ in his remarks. The supreme court will continue its hearing.