Supreme Court Urges CBSE & UGC to Coordinate on Compartment Exam Issue

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The Supreme Court heard the plea filed by any students regarding the publication of results for CBSE Compartment Examinations. The Court urged CBSE and UGC to accommodate these students keeping in mind the exceptional circumstances.

Background of the Case

The petition at hand has been filed challenging the decision of CBSE to conduct compartment examination. It is also seeking to revise of dates of cut-off for admissions of students of classes X and XII who are going to take these exams in September.

The bench had initially asked CBSE to file an affidavit elucidating the scheme of the examination showing how it is supposed to be conducted amid the pandemic situation.

Earlier, this Court had also dismissed a plea that sought directions to the CBSE praying to ensure that Petitioners and other students of class 10th and 12th are not forced to appear for the compartment examination given the rising COVID-19 cases. 

Arguments

Appearing for the students, Senior Advocate Vivek Tankha contended that even if the students do take the compartment examinations, if they are unable to avail college admissions, it would be futile.

He further submitted that generally there is a substantial break between the compartment exams and the beginning of college admissions. Also, the compartment exams are always held before the admissions. The issue highlighted is that without appearing for the compartment exams, the students cannot get admissions in the college. That leads to an entire year getting wasted.

He urged the Court, “I want my Lord’s empathy. Create some room for them to get admission. This is their first attempt. It is not their second or third attempt.”  He also suggested that the UOI should issue necessary directions.

Court’s Observations

The Court observed that the UOI must be served with a copy of the petition for their consideration for a relief. Further, the Court observed that it is pertinent for the CBSE and UGC to coordinate. The bench added that the two need to mutually come up with suitable dates for the declaration of results and cut-off date for admission into colleges. This needs to be done keeping in mind the students taking compartment examinations till September 29.

The Bench took notice of the presence of exceptional circumstances in light of the pandemic situation and urged CBSE and UGC to accommodate these students. 

Court’s Decision

A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar & Sanjiv Khanna asked the CBSE & UGC to take instructions on the issue aforementioned by September 24. The Court added that it is only after that will they urge CBSE to announce the results as soon as possible.


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