A fourth-year student of Government Law College (GLC) Mumbai, by the name Samarvir Singh, filed a PIL in Bombay High Court contending for cancellation of examinations of Final Year Students. He supported his petition by claiming that “Students who have secured admissions in post-graduate courses in Indian, as well as Foreign Universities, would be losing a year as they would not be able to submit their degree well in time.”
In lieu of the PIL filed by the Law student a division bench of Bombay High Court comprising of Justice Dipankar Dutta and Justice Anuja Prabhudessai directed the State government of Maharashtra, Bar Council of India and University Grants Commission to submit their affidavit in reply by July 24. Meanwhile, the Court extended the next hearing in the matter till July 31.
The petitioner challenged the validity of UGC revised guidelines and notification of BCI regarding the conduction of examination in times of pandemic. He also claimed to have the support of more than 500 final year students who are facing difficulties in taking admissions in Indian as well as foreign universities. However, the Court reaffirmed the State’s standpoint that examination could not be conducted in the State looking at the present situation of rising cases of COVID-19.