Supreme Court upholds UGC decision, says states cannot promote students without holding final year exams

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday (August 28) ordered that no state government and universities can promote final year students without conducting final year university exams amid the Kovid-19 epidemic, news agency PTI reported.

However, the court gave states the discretion to contact the University Grants Commission (UGC) to extend the deadline for completing final year exams.

The PTI said that if a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan thinks that no state can conduct examinations within that date, they should contact the UGC for new dates to conduct the test.

The Supreme Court has reserved its order on Tuesday (August 18) challenging the University Grants Commission (UGC) circular, which has ordered final examinations of all affiliated universities by the end of September.

The Delhi and Maharashtra government’s decision to directly cancel the final term test will “directly impact the country’s higher education standards,” the UGC had previously told the Supreme Court through an affidavit.

An affidavit has been filed at the request of a group challenging the UGC’s July 6 circular and requesting the cancellation of the final term test, focusing on the COVID-19 situation.

Previously, it would be a mistake to claim that the UGC July 6 guidelines are based on expert recommendations and made after proper discussion and that final examinations cannot be conducted as per guidelines.

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