Affiliated colleges, institutes asked to hold final year exams as per UGC guidelines – AICTE tells Bombay HC. The All India Council for Technical Education, AICTE yesterday informed the Bombay High Court that it has asked all its affiliated institutions and deemed universities to follow guidelines issued by Universities Grants Commission, UGC to conduct final year degree exams. It thus has not canceled the last semester exams in any of its affiliated colleges.
The AICTE’s affidavit was in response to public interest litigation filed by a retired professor seeking to quash the decision of the Maharashtra government to cancel final year degree exams of professional and non-professional courses in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The affidavit said AICTE has decided to follow safety guidelines issued by UGC since it takes into account the interest of the students, the necessity of conducting exams and also the health and safety of the students.
As per the affidavit filed in response to PIL, “In view of this, the AICTE requested all deemed universities, technical institutions and polytechnics affiliated to AICTE to follow the UGC guidelines to conduct examinations in offline (pen and paper) or online or blended (offline plus online) mode.”
The Council stated, “AICTE has also published a revised calendar in view of the revised guidelines of UGC and has instructed the institutions who have already started classes as per earlier calendar to either postpone the classes or conduct special classes for students who would be required to appear in final year exam of their graduation or diploma.”
It is stated in the resolution that, there are 7,34,516 final year students in non-professional courses and 2,83,937 students in their final year in professional courses in Maharashtra. The high court would take up the issue for hearing on July 31.
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