SC upholds UGC guidelines, says state can postpone exam but can’t promote students without exam

Aug 28, 3202

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to to quash the UGC guidelines to hold the final semester exams by September 30.

Disposing of the petitions challenging the guidelines, the apex court said States/UTs cannot promote final year students without examination as ordered by UGC, the LiveLaw reported.

States/Union Territories have the liberty to approach the UGC to seek postponement of the exams in the light of COVID19 pandemic situation.

The directions of State Disaster Management Authority for canceling exams in that particular State will prevail over the UGC directions.

Several petitioners, including the Yuva Sena, the youth wing of the Shiv Sena, had questioned UGC’s directive to hold examinations amid the coronavirus pandemic. The bench had reserved its verdict on the issue on August 18.

UGC in its submission to the Supreme Court had said that its July 6 directive, asking universities and colleges to conduct final year exams by September 30 amid the Covid-19 pandemic, should not be considered a ”diktat” , but states cannot take the decision to confer degrees without holding the exams.

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