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DU Exam: Court asks UGC panel to submit report

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New Delhi , July 6 (BigWire) The Delhi High Court on Monday directed the University Grant Commission panel to submit its report to the authorities by 4 pm Tuesday on Delhi University decision to conduct exams via the internet.

Hearing a petition filed by Anupam, a final year post graduate student along with a few others , the court also asked UGC and Ministry of HRD to take a specific stand on the conduct/cancellation of exams.

The petitioners challenged that the University decision to conduct terminal exams of final year Undergraduate and Postgraduate students had caused a lot of uproar and dismay amongst the students and teachers.

Advocate Akash Sinha and his team of Vera Causa Legal, a legal firm representing the students said the High Court also asked the DU for data on the number of students studying in the final year and the number registered to take the exam.

It also asked the University to submit a state-wise break up of students and from where they are supposed to take the exam, preparedness of the website portal for handling the traffic during exams and the scheduling of paper evaluation, result declaration and issuance of transcripts.

It also asked the DU to schedule the exam and related work while considering deadlines for the students who have to seek employment, or apply for higher degrees either in India or abroad.
Hon’ble Judge Pratibha M. Singh who heard the matter has instructed Prof. Vinay Gupta, Dean of Examination, Delhi University to join the proceedings on Tuesday.

Lack of access to proper internet facilities, a lot of students being stuck in areas where there is complete lockdown, some areas of India are plagued with floods and above all the mock tests conducted by Delhi University being full of glitches were some of the arguments presented before the court.

Many students of the University do not have access to online classes and they do not have their books and study material with them and as such conducting exams in this fashion would amount to severe injustice to students of Delhi University, the lawyers argued.

The court has asked UGC’s committee headed by Prof. Kuhad to submit its report to the authorities concerned by 7th July, 2020, while the UGC and Ministry of HRD were asked to take a specific stand on the conduct/cancellation of exams.
BigWire

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