The Apex Court on Monday told the ICAI to be flexible and consider allowing students to "opt-out" amid Covid-19 crisis.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India to be flexible with the students appearing for the exam in the may cycle and consider allowing students to "opt-out" of the exam amid Covid-19 pandemic.
A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna heard the matter through video-conferencing and directed ICAI, "Don't be rigid, be flexible. Show some concerns for the students."
"Even if a candidate has not chosen the 'opt-out' option and suddenly he comes under a containment zone, what will you do? You should treat candidates who do not appear in the exams as 'opt-out'," said the bench of Jury.
It is also advised by the court that the option for changing the examination centre should be given until last week because a zone (which is normal for now) can become containment zone later amid Covid-19 pandemic.
In its reply, ICAI told the Apex Court that they would keep in mind all these issues before issuing the next guidelines.
The bench told the ICAI to keep in mind the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs with regards to the exams to be conducted.
The Counsel said that they had identified and sanitized 500 test centres to show its preparedness. The Counsel also told the court that as per standard operating protocol, the examination centre can be shifted, if a zone is identified as a 'containment-zone'.
ICAI said that it would permit all candidates 'opt-out' if the Covid-19 situation deteriorates.
The next hearing date is July 2.