Hearing multiple petitions against the University Grants Commission (UGC) asking universities and colleges to conduct final year exams by September 30, Supreme Court on Friday upheld arbitrary and illogical UGC guidelines to hold final year exams.
Pronouncing its verdict on August 28 on the pleas challenging the decision, the apex court stated that the states cannot take the decision to confer degrees without holding the examinations.
“Final year college examinations must be held this year but states can ask for the dates to be deferred beyond September 30 if they wanted to because of the coronavirus crisis,” ruled out the apex court.
In the line of the fresh verdict, all the students under recognised universities ought to take the final exams; states can only postpone them but cannot cancel them.
It is to the known knowledge that 11 students from across the country had approached the Supreme Court for intervention in the matter. Following that, 2 separate petitions – one by Yuva Sena on behalf of Maharashtra State’s decision to cancel exams and another by a law student were also filed.
Meanwhile, in the JEE, NEET 2020 exam case, six state cabinet ministers have filed a petition with the Supreme Court to review its August 17 decision to allow the conduct of the exams as per schedule.