Aishwarya Rathore –
Published on August 05, 2021, at 06:13 PM
A Writ Petition has been filed in the Supreme Court, citing the Covid positivity rate in Kerala, requesting the Court to order APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University and the Controller of Examinations to conduct the University’s pending examinations online.
The petitioners urged the Court to declare that the University’s conduct of the offline exam is violative of Articles 14, 19, and 21 of the Indian Constitution.
While stating that the total test positivity rate in the State of Kerala has not gone down below 10% despite multiple lockdowns, the petitioners have argued that the conduct of offline examinations in such a situation is highly dangerous and risky.
The petitioners further claim that students at the University come from different states and each of which is under different levels of lockdown.
As a result, forcing such students to travel and reach the faraway examination centres and risk contracting COVID 19 is extremely unfair.
According to them, the online examination is the only real solution to the problem.
Furthermore, it has been argued that, since the University has already decided to purchase software to conduct online examinations in the future, there is no reason why the process cannot be accelerated and made available to the students who are currently experiencing such problems.