A bench of Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy asked advocate general BS Prasad to see to it that a proper announcement from the commissioner of collegiate education is made in the next 24 hours. “All the colleges affiliated to various universities will have offline exams and the autonomous colleges will have online exams,” the judges said while hearing a petition of NSUI president BV Narsinga Rao and others, who are opposing exams during this pandemic.
Their counsel C Damodar Reddy said, “Parents and students are in a state of panic and online mode of exams will bring some relief.” He also said there were no clear answers on whether the question papers would be the same for both affiliated and autonomous colleges. “Those who are not interested in taking exams can stay back. State government has assured advanced supplementary exams will be held later and those who appear in such examinations too will be treated as regular students,” the judges said. They further said, “We have permitted exams from Class X and PG medical courses. We can’t adopt a different yardstick for PG, UG courses.”