Students cannot be promoted with out holding final-year exams: SC

Satya Prakash

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 28

Students cannot be promoted with out holding final-year examinations by September 30 as mounted by the University Grants Commission (UGC), the Supreme Court dominated on Friday.

However, a Bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan mentioned if a state felt it couldn’t conduct examinations by September 30, it should strategy the UGC for brand new dates to carry the examinations.

For any exemptions from the UGC tips, states should search permission from the Commission, mentioned the Bench which had earlier refused to remain the UGC’s July 6 round on the problem.

Holding {that a} State Disaster Management Authority can postpone final-year examinations underneath the National Disaster Management Act (NDMA), the Bench mentioned recent dates needed to be labored out in session with the UGC.

Apart from some college students, Yuva Sena, the youth wing of the Shiv Sena, and governments of Maharashtra, West Bengal, Odisha and Delhi had questioned the UGC’s July 6 round asking universities to conduct final-year examinations by September 30. These states maintained that college students could possibly be promoted with out examination in view of the extraordinary scenario as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

On behalf of the UGC, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had argued that universities might search extension of the deadline however they might not take a call to confer levels with out holding examinations. 

The UGC, which regulates greater training in India, had refused to relent on the September 30 deadline for conducting final-year examinations of universities and schools, saying the choice was taken “after due deliberation by taking into account and balancing all relevant factors”.

The July 6 tips have been based mostly on suggestions of specialists, it had mentioned, including that it was incorrect to say that it could not be attainable to conduct the final-year examinations by way of the rules, the UGC had mentioned.

It had mentioned the choices of some states to cancel examinations instantly affected requirements of upper training and was an encroachment on the legislative subject of coordinating and figuring out the requirements of upper training solely reserved for Parliament underneath Schedule VII of the Constitution.

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