New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Tuesday said that it will inform the Supreme Court about the decision on the pending board exams of class 12th on June 25. 

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was appearing for the Ministry of Human Resource and Development and the CBSE, told the apex court that the "decision taking process is in advanced stage" and the court will be informed about it on June 25.

"By tomorrow evening, a formal decision will be finalised. We understand the anxiety of the students. We can inform the court day after tomorrow," Solicitor General Tushar Mehta was quoted as saying by Bar and Bench

Meanwhile, the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) told the top court that it will follow the decision taken by the CBSE, with necessary changes. "We are waiting for orders in CBSE. Bombay HC has deferred the matter till June 23 due to SC hearing,Senior Advocate Jaideep Gupta, who was appearing for the ICSE, said, as reported by the Bar and Bench. 

A three-judge bench led by Justice AM Khanwilkar was hearing petitions on the pending CBSE board exams that were cancelled because of the nationwide coronavirus-induced lockdown. 

The petition had claimed that at a time when "India is nearing the 3,00,000 mark of total reported cases, it would be a huge risk" to hold the CBSE Board Exams 2020. It also claimed that students could be exposed to COVID-19 infection if they appear for exams amid an increase in the number of coronavirus cases. 

Meanwhile, the CBSE had told Supreme Court last week that it will "very shortly" take a decision, after a plea by a group of parents sought quashing of the notification for conducting the remaining class 10 and 12 exams from July 1 to 15 and demanded that the students be awarded marks based on an internal assessment or in line with marks allotted for practical exams.

The CBSE has decided the fresh schedule of board exams from July 1-15 to ensure that they are completed before competitive examinations. While engineering entrance exam JEE-Mains is scheduled from July 18-23, medical entrance exam NEET is to be held on July 26.

Universities and schools across the country have been shut since March 16, when the Centre announced a countrywide classroom shutdown as part of measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. A nationwide lockdown was announced on March 24, which came into effect the next day. While the government has eased several restrictions, schools and colleges continue to remain closed.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma