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UGC hearing in SC: Students must continue to prepare for exams, says SG

August 10, 2020

The University Grants Commission (UGC) hearing in the Supreme Court on Monday questioned the decisions of Delhi and Maharashtra governments to cancel final year exams of state universities amid the COVID-19 pandemic, saying they were against the rules.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan that states cannot change the rules of the UGC as the statutory body only has the power to prescribe rules for conferring degree. Mehta argued that not conducting exams will not be in the interest of students as degrees may not be recognised if the states would act unilaterally.

The apex court was hearing a batch of pleas which have challenged the July 6 directive to all the universities and colleges to conduct final year examinations by September 30 amid the Covid-19 pandemic. During the hearing conducted through video-conferencing, Mehta informed the bench about the decisions of Delhi and Maharashtra to cancel final year exams of state universities.

He said that the UGC would file its response on the affidavits filed by Maharashtra and Delhi in the matter. The bench granted time to the UGC to file response and posted the matter for further hearing on August 14.

Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, appearing for some of the petitioners, claimed that the July 6 guideline for holding exams are neither legal or constitutionally valid. He also raised the issue regarding guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for educational institutions amid the pandemic.

The top court had on July 31 refused to pass any interim order on the pleas.

The UGC had earlier told the court that nobody should remain under the impression that since the Supreme Court is examining this issue, the final year /semester examination would be stayed. The SG informed the bench that out of over 800 universities in the country, 209 have completed the examinations while around 390 universities are in the process of conducting exams.

The UGC had filed an affidavit in the apex court and justified its decision directing all universities and institutions to hold final year/semester examinations in September saying it was done to protect the academic future of students across the country.

Assailing the decisions of some states like Maharashtra and Delhi of cancelling the final year examinations, UGC had said that such decisions directly affect the standards of higher education and will be an encroachment on the legislative field of coordinating and determining the standards of higher education that is exclusively reserved for Parliament under Schedule VII of the Constitution.

Source: PTI

Read: UGC guidelines: SC refuses to pass interim order; next hearing on August 10

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