UGC: States Can’t Decide Whether University Exams will be Held or Not

The University Grants Commission has issued specific orders regarding the conduct of final year university exams. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, different states including Maharashtra and Delhi have issues with holding the University exams. Hence, the apex court listened to both sides of the story on Monday i.e., on 8th August 2020. The Supreme Court has deferred the final hearing about holding the exams until 14th August 2020.

States Can’t Decide About University Exams

The UGC questioned the decisions of Maharashtra and Delhi Governments’ regarding the cancellation of final year exams of state universities due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the apex court. However, Tushar Mehta, the Solicitor General of the Supreme Court told the Justice Ashok Bhushan that the states don’t have the right to alter the rules of the UGC. It’s because UGC is the key commission that can advise the rules for granting a degree to the candidates.

During the video-conference organized by the apex court to announce its hearing, Mehta told the bench regarding the decisions of Maharashtra and Delhi to cancel final year examinations of various state universities. Mehta further said that the UGC would express its response to the affidavits placed by Delhi and Maharashtra regarding the same.

The Solicitor General told the bench that out of more than 800 universities across the nation, only 209 universities have wrapped up the examinations. On the other hand, about 390 universities are still in the process of holding exams. The UGC had registered an affidavit in the Supreme Court and justified its decision instructing all universities and institutions to conduct final semester exams in September 2020. The Commission has decided to conduct the exams to protect the academic future of students across the nation.

The Commission has opposed the decisions of few states such as Delhi and Maharashtra regarding the cancellation of final semester exams. The commission said that the decisions of those states would certainly impact the higher education standards. The apex court further deferred the hearing to 18th August 2020. Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, the lead counsel said, ‘There is a great disparity between the classes of students who are expected to appear. Many students have gone back to their hometowns.’ As the apex court is all set to give its verdict on 18th August 2020, the commission and respective states will have to follow the court’s order. Stay tuned to this website to get the latest updates about various educational news.

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