UGC exam guidelines – Supreme Court to hear students’ plea on cancellation of exams in the next 2 days. The Supreme Court today will hear a petition by 31 students challenging University Grant Commission (UGC) guidelines on conducting final year university exams. The top bench headed by Justices L Nageswara Rao will hear students plea seeking cancellation of university exams amid coronavirus pandemic.
A total of 31 students from different universities across India have approached the Supreme Court to quash the latest University Grants Commission (UGC) circular directing universities to wrap up final year examinations by September 30 (Praneeth K & Ors vs UOI). One of the 31 petitioners is COVID-19 positive. The petitioners have urged that the planned examinations be canceled in the interest of justice for the students as the number of COVID-19 cases is on the rise. The students from 13 states and one union territory have sought to quash the July 6 circular of the UGC whereby all universities all across India have been asked to wrap up a final year or final term examinations before September 30.
The plea says after canceling the final year exams of all universities, the results of such students should be calculated on the basis of their internal assessment or past performance. The plea has also urged that students’ mark sheets should be issued before July 31.
The plea further prays for a direction to the UGC to adopt the CBSE model and conduct an examination at a later date for the students who are not satisfied with the marks awarded on the basis of their internal/ past assessment. Earlier this week, the UGC said that over 640 universities responded on the question of holding varsity exams amid the pandemic.
Out of these, 454 have either conducted the examination or are planning to conduct exams. 177 universities are yet to decide on the conduct of the examination, the UGC said. In the case of 27 private universities, established during 2019-2020 to date, the first batch is yet to become eligible for the final examination, the commission had said.
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