‘No Rational Basis To Differentiate Between Final Year Students & Intermediate Semester Students’: Plea In Karnataka HC Against UGC Direction To Hold Final Year Exams By Sep 30

first_imgTop Stories’No Rational Basis To Differentiate Between Final Year Students & Intermediate Semester Students’: Plea In Karnataka HC Against UGC Direction To Hold Final Year Exams By Sep 30 LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK30 July 2020 12:23 AMShare This – xStudents of the Bangalore Institute of Technology have moved the Karnataka High Court challenging the UGC Guidelines which made it mandatory for universities to conduct their final year exams by September 30. The students seek cancellation of final year exams and plead to be promoted in accordance with the alternate evaluation scheme offered to the intermediate semester…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginStudents of the Bangalore Institute of Technology have moved the Karnataka High Court challenging the UGC Guidelines which made it mandatory for universities to conduct their final year exams by September 30. The students seek cancellation of final year exams and plead to be promoted in accordance with the alternate evaluation scheme offered to the intermediate semester students. The Union Ministry of Home Affairs had permitted the conduct of exams by Universities and Institutions vide notification dated July 6, 2020 and had ordered the Universities to compulsorily conduct examination of final year students as per UGC guidelines and Standard Operating Procedure. Home Ministry Permits Conduct Of Exams By Universities, Institutions In furtherance of the aforementioned notification, UGC has issued revised guidelines for University examination for terminal semester students whereby it instructed Universities to conduct exams in offline (pen & paper)/ online/ blended (offline + online) mode. The same has been challenged by the students on the following grounds: 1) Petitioners’ access to education was adversely impacted due to lockdown They have submitted that a substantial portion of their syllabus, nearly 70% has remained incomplete as their University “barely held” any classes in the online mode and for a few subjects no online classes had been held at all. “It is evident that the prescribed syllabus in respect of the final semester has not been taught to the Petitioners in a satisfactory manner and in any case not in a manner that would equip them to face an examination on the basis of the same,” they submitted. It is further contended that even those classes that were conducted online, were contingent upon (i) students’ access to internet and technological infrastructure and (ii) the teacher’s comfort with the technological equipment. “Even assuming that the individual teachers are all comfortable and well versed with these developments, the access to these classes would still be contingent on the access to internet which is not within the wherewithal of every student. The Petitioners themselves have faced difficulty in accessing the internet from their respective homes,” the plea states. 2) No rational basis to differentiate in the mode of assessment of final year students as against intermediate semester students It is contended that the stipulation made by the UGC for mandatorily conducting examinations for terminal semester students while exempting the students who are in intermediate semester and allowing a different scheme of evaluation them, is antithetical to the principle of equality guaranteed under Article 14 of the Constitution. It is submitted that the Commission has proceeded on a “false notion” that conducting examination only for final year students is necessary for “reflection of competence, performance & credibility which is necessary for global acceptance.” The Petitioners have argued that Final Semester Exams alone do not determine the value and integrity of the degree. Rather, it is a combined effort & performance of a student over the past semesters. “There is no rational nexus basis for the said classification and the object that sought to be achieved by imposing such varying methods of grading the students in the intermediate semester and the final semester,” the plea states. 3) Threat of exposure to Covid infection The students have pointed out that to appear for the final semester examinations, students will be forced to move of their houses, in some cases even travel across cities and rent accommodations. This, the Petitioners fear, will pose a huge risk to the students as well as other stakeholders such as invigilators, examiners, etc. “A majority of the universities/Institutions are situated in metropolitan cities which are presently witnessing high incidence of COVID-19 positive cases and the rising trends suggest a further escalation. The travel of students into these areas further expose them to significantly high risk of contracting and spreading the virus,” the plea states. It contends, “The mandate to complete the Final Semester examination by end of September 2020 would indisputably expose the students, staff and other stakeholders to a severe health risk and without due regard to requirement of travel, accommodation and safety of such students is in violation of their rights guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution. Furthermore, if such Final Semester examination are postponed/extended on account of lockdown or the impeding spread of the Virus, the students would be in a limbo which would completely hamper their employment and academic prospects.” Therefore they have urged that the final year students be evaluated as per past performance and be promoted in terms of the alternate evaluation scheme at par with the intermediate semester students. Significantly, the matter is already under consideration before the Supreme Court. Four petitions were listed before the Top Court on Monday, seeking quashing of the notification dated July 6 by Ministry of Human Resources Development and the subsequent UGC Guidelines mandating conduct of examinations for final year students by September 30. The Petitioners had demanded the UGC to allow individual state governments to pass the final year students based on the candidate’s past performance. A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy & BR Gavai had therein directed the Solicitor General, Tushar Mehta, to file a common reply for the Commission to the petitions by July 29. An intervention application has also been filed in the matter by a Pune-based professor who has argued that the impugned UGC guidelines do not violate the fundamental rights of the students and there is no risk to the life of the students, staff and other members of the society as the Commission has permitted conducting of online exams also. Next Storylast_img read more

Tenure-Track Clinical Associate Professor/Clinical Assistant Professor (several posts)

first_imgHKUMed is now seeking exceptional candidates in the followingdisciplines to join its ranks:Anaesthesiology/ Clinical Oncology/ Community Medicine / DiagnosticRadiology/ Emergency Medicine/ Family Medicine and Primary Care/Medicine/ Microbiology/ Obstetrics and Gynaecology/ Ophthalmology/Orthopaedics and Traumatology/ Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine/Pathology/ Psychiatry/ SurgeryApplications are invited for appointments as Tenure-TrackClinical Associate Professor/Clinical Assistant Professor (severalposts) within the LKS Faculty of Medicine (Ref.: 502971), tocommence as soon as possible, on a four-year fixed-term basis, withthe possibility of renewal and consideration for tenure before theexpiry of a second four-year fixed-term contract. Exceptionallyoutstanding candidate may be considered for appointment on tenureterms.Applicants should possess a medical qualification registrable withthe Medical Council of Hong Kong, with the attainment of the statusas Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine or equivalent. Theyshould display strong clinical acumen and skills in the relevantspecialty, with demonstrated experience in teaching medicalstudents, interns and trainees. Proven capacity to initiate andcontribute to basic, clinical and/or translational research isessential. It is also advantageous to have a higher academicqualification (e.g. MD, MS, PhD).Appointees shall be mapped to the relevant departments with astrategic role to play in growing the clinical services. They shallalso focus on the education of medical students, postgraduateteaching and supervision, as well as academic research. They may beassigned to discharge duties at hospital(s) and clinic(s)affiliated with HKU Health System.Those with less qualifications and experiences may be consideredfor appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor. There will beopportunities for academic growth, career development andmentorship, with protected time for educational and clinicalresearch activities, depending on the appointees’ interests andaccomplishments. Applicants who have responded to the previousadvertisement (Ref.: 501783) need not re-apply.Information about respective Departments and Schools can beobtained at https://www.med.hku.hk/en/Schools-and-Departments.A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications andexperience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medicalbenefits. At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% ofgross income. The appointments will attract a contract-end gratuityand University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme,totalling up to 15% of basic salary. A start-up package that iscommensurate with the needs and experience of the appointee will beprovided. A monthly cash allowance will be offered to thesuccessful candidates. Housing benefits will also be provided asapplicable.The University only accepts online application for the above posts.Applicants should apply online with (a) an executive summarydescribing their most outstanding accomplishments andqualifications; (b) an up-to-date C.V. highlighting their bestpublications in recent years; and (c) a 1-page description of theirfuture research and career plan.Review of applications will start as soon as possible and continueuntil July 3, 2021 , or until the posts are filled,whichever is earlier.Advertised: Jan 4, 2021 (HK Time)Applications close: Jul 3, 2021 (HK Time)last_img read more

Big Win for Assam Titans at North East Futsal League

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Assam Titans defeated Nagaland Super five 5-1 in the opening game of the North East Futsal League which got underway at the Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Stadium here today.Nagaland made a good start and scored the 1st goal of the match through their captain Nyithong Magh within three minutes of the game. Titans made a great comeback by scoring two goals through Aklanta Basu and Carlos Anotio. In the 2nd half Manoj Chetry of Assam scored a hat-trick and helped home team to register a comprehensive win.Earlier North East Futsal League (NEFL) kicked-off in a colourful function. Alobo Naga(Nagaland) and Equilibrium(Goa) dazzeled with their performance in the opening ceremony. Former international footballer Debasish Roy, former international swimmer Elvis Ali Hazarika and Everester Manish Deka were present in the opening ceremony.Also Read: Northeast Futsal League Begins Today at Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor StadiumAlso Watch: Religious procession by Sikh community people arrives in Biswanath Charialilast_img read more