UGC files affidavit in Supreme Court, questions Maha, Delhi Govt’s Decision

SC Hearing on Final Year Exams 2020 Today: The Supreme Court of India would be hearing a plea challenging UGC Guidelines that mandates holding of Final Year Exams 2020. Earlier yesterday, UGC filed an affidavit before the apex court, which said that cancellation of Final Year Exams 2020 would “directly impact the standards of higher education in the country”. The commission also questioned Maharashtra and Delhi’s Govt’s stand on the issue terming their decision as one that would have a lasing impact on future of the students.

UGC’s Guidelines To Protect Future of Students

Furthermore, the commission added in its reply to the SC that the decision to make holding of Final Year Exams 2020 compulsory for all university and college students was taken by the UGC after considering all the available options and in the interest of the academic and professional future of the students. The commission had also considered the prevailing conditions for COVID-19 pandemic and in line with it allowed several concessions in the process of holding the exams including allowing use of different format and modes of assessment for the term-end examinations. UGC on Monday informed Supreme Court had said that degrees would not be recognised if no examinations are held for final-year students even as the country was facing coronavirus crisis.

UGC Allowed to Conduct Final Year Exams, confirms Central Govt

On similar line, in reply to petitions filed by multiple petitioners, the Union Home Ministry has also informed the apex court that it has given special permission or opening of colleges and university premises during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic situation for holding of the term-end exams for students. Union Home Ministry has informed the Supreme Court that issued a notification to the UGC that it would allow final term exams in the academic interest of students. The matter is still pending in the court. The central govt added that directions to allow holding of Final Year Exams 2020 have been issued under NDMA to conduct exams,

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