UGC Exam Guidelines 2020: SC says states can’t promote students without exams, deadline can be altered

UGC Guidelines for University Examinations 2020 News Updates: States and universities cannot promote students without conducting final-year exams, the Supreme Court said Friday. However, the court said they could contact the UGC to extend the deadline for conducting tests. Previously, the University Grants Commission guidelines instructed universities to conduct tests by September 30.

The court, which refused to repeal the July 6 UGC guidelines, said it would prevail if any state disaster management authority decided to postpone inspections by keeping track of the situation.

The UGC has previously stated that the July 6 guidelines are based on expert recommendations and after proper discussion, it is wrong to claim that final examinations cannot be conducted as per guidelines.

The Commission has told the Supreme Court that the directive to ask universities and colleges to conduct final year exams by September 30 amid the COVID-19 epidemic is “not mandatory” but the Commission cannot make a decision to grant degrees without conducting examinations.

The bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, who upheld the UGC decision, said if any state thinks that tests cannot be conducted within that date, they should contact the UGC for new dates.

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The petitioner had previously told the Supreme Court that no one is opposed to university exams in “normal times” and students are questioning the decision of the UGC due to the epidemic. The UGC said the final exam was a “critical step” in a student’s academic career, and the state government could not say that the July 6 directive was “binding.”

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