The Madras High Court on Thursday got here down closely on the University Grants Commission (UGC) for filing an evasive counter affidavit to a case filed in opposition to State Government’s determination to cancel arrear examinations of all arts, science, engineering and Master of Computer Application college students besides for these pursuing ultimate yr in the course of the present educational yr.
Justices M. Sathyanarayanan and R. Hemalatha puzzled how an skilled physique comparable to UGC might file a counter affidavit with out commenting upon the primary crux of the case. The senior decide in the Bench mentioned the fee ought to have both not understood the case in any respect or deliberately chosen to keep away from commenting upon the difficulty in query.
In the counter affidavit, UGC Under Secretary Umakant Baluni had not provided any touch upon the correctness or in any other case of the State Government’s determination to cancel the arrear examinations. Instead, he had solely said about tips issued by the UGC instructing all universities to essentially conduct examinations for ultimate yr/terminal semester college students.
However, advocate V. Sudha, representing UGC, tendered honest apology for the error and undertook to file an extra affidavit by November 20. She additionally informed the court docket that UGC was not in favour of cancellation of the arrear examinations by the State authorities and it desires universities to conduct exams by following the usual working procedures laid down by the Centre.
On her half, advocate AL. Ganthimathi, representing All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), additionally informed the court docket that the council too was not in favour of cancellation of the examinations. After listening to them, Justice Sathyanarayanan puzzled why the arrear examinations cannot be carried out, at the least via on-line mode.
Special Government Pleader (Education) E. Manoharan sought time to file an in depth counter affidavit explaining the rationale behind the State authorities’s determination to cancel the examinations and therefore the judges adjourned the case for additional listening to to November 20.
They instructed the SGP and counsel for UGC to serve their counter affidavits in advance on E. Vijay Anand, counsel for former Anna University Vice Chancellor E. Balagurusamy, who had filed a public curiosity litigation petition in opposition to the cancellation of arrear examinations, and likewise on different counsel representing the intervenors.