Judgement of the Day - PRANEETH K. AND ORS. v. UGC AND ORS

Facts

Students moved to the Supreme Court to file a petition against the guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC) which mandates the universities to conduct final year examination by 30th September 2020. Students claimed that due to sudden closure of all educational institutions due to the pandemic it would not be possible for them to physically come to the university to give the exams. The Lockdown had disrupted the classes and conducting exams without the requisite number of classes would be unjust and unreasonable. Keeping in mind the circumstances and the current situation of the country students demanded mass promotions based on internal assessment, thereafter awarding provisional degrees so that they can focus on their career. University Grants Commission (UGC) directed the universities to take final year exams through online, offline or event blended method keeping in mind COVID-19 parameters but students claimed that their mental peace is being neglected by the authorities while making such orders. The option of online exams is not feasible because there is a lack of uniform access to the internet across the country. Students also claimed that by framing such orders University Grants Commission (UGC) is neglecting and infringing the right to health which comes under the ambit of Article 21 i.e. the Right to life.


Judgement

Supreme Court refused the prayer to quash the University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines to conduct the final year examination. However court gave states the discretion to approach University Grants Commission (UGC) if they have any issues regarding the exam conduction, also states can ask University Grants Commission (UGC) to extend the date for the final examination if it is necessary.

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