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SC hears pleas challenging CBSE decision to hold compartment exams amid COVID-19 [LIVE UPDATES]

The Supreme Court is hearing the pleas challenging CBSE decision to hold compartment exams amid COVID-19.

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The Supreme Court is hearing the pleas challenging CBSE decision to hold compartment exams amid COVID-19. The CBSE is expected to file affidavit today on when Compartment Exams will be held in September.

The court was earlier informed that the Compartment Exams will be held at the end of September. The petitioners stated that admissions would be over by the time exams are held and results announced.

Live updates of the hearing today follow.

The three-judge bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar assembles. Hearing begins. 

Advocate Rupesh Kumar for CBSE answers to the bench query that two matters have the same prayer (cancel compartment exams).

Senior Advocate Vivek Tankha: CBSE could not hold exams due to COVID-19. Then they conducted hybrid mode of exams where last year exams was used to assess the students. A lot of students are facing compartment

Tankha: College admissions for PG and UG courses came to end on August 31. The problem is two-fold, compartment exams was notified on Sept 4 after you issued notice. now exams are to be held on Sept 22 to 29

Tankha: The question is about the safety of students which you have already dealt in the UGC matter, etc. But compartment exams from September 22 will lead to their whole year being wasted. some solution has to be there

Tankha: Earlier admissions were held only after compartment exams results were announced. CBSE can help up by telling universities that admission be granted on a provisional basis

Justice Khanwilkar: but admission on what basis? if compartment then there would be no percentage?

SC: This is a very peculiar year. We have to see some extraordinary situations. the solution cannot be offered by CBSE but by another agency

Tankha: Union of India and states are a party to the case. About 5 lakh students will appear in the compartment exams

Justice Sanjiv Khanna: Compartment exams are for students who have not managed to pass the subjects as there is always a "best of scheme" to calculate the percentages

Tankha: Please create some room for these students to take college admissions.

Tankha: What will the students do in October after the compartment exam results are announced?

Justice Khanwilkar: If we issue notice to all universities in the country, then that would not be a viable solution.

Tankha: Union of India can be given a copy of this so that they can advise or ask the states and the universities therein. My first reaction to the briefing counsel was your two prayers are self contradictory

Can we serve the states as they are a party in my petition?

SC: It will take a long time. You have made only selective states a party. The country has to be treated as a whole.

You only serve the law officer of Union of India & not the states. Let us not complicate it further

Matter next to be listed on September 14, Monday.

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