UGC Exam Guidelines plea on Supreme Court. The Supreme Court will hear pleas challenging the final-year exam guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission on August 14. A group of 31 students from Assam, Bihar, Karnataka, Meghalaya, Uttar Pradesh, and other states have petitioned that final year students be promoted on the basis of their past performance.
The UGC, in its latest exam guidelines, allowed universities to promote intermediate semester students on the basis of internal assessment and past performance.
Nevertheless, the guidelines specified the exams mandatory for final year students in online, offline, or blended (online and offline) mode.
In the plea, filed on July 20, several issues were specified. Such as on going flood situation in Bihar and Assam were also mentioned.
Numerous states, including Maharashtra and Delhi, had already decided to revoke the final year varsity exams. However, UGC in the Supreme Court pointed out that states have no power to revoke university exams.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, amid the last hearing, told the bench led by Justice Ashok Bhushan that states cannot change the rules of the UGC as only it is empowered to prescribe rules for conferring degrees.
As Supreme Court’s verdict is awaited, students are running multiple social media campaigns. The final year students are demanding revocation of exams, promotion on the basis of past performance and degree allotment through this, they can take admission for higher studies.
Students post on Social Media
“We are safe from corona but depression killing us…” one concerned student said.
“Please issue degree and cancel the exams also and don’t mess with student lives, we students were not testing kits,” another student wrote on social media.
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