UGC Guidelines on Final Year Exam 2020. The Supreme Court on Monday is set to hear petitions challenging the UGC guidelines, which made it mandatory for universities to conduct their final year exams by September 30. Earlier on July 7,
The UGC had said the end-term examination for all final-year students would have to be mandatorily held by the end of September 2020, in offline or online mode.
The petitions would be heard by a three-judge bench of the top court, comprising of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah.
The plea was filed by 31 students across several universities in India. The students, in their petition, had challenged the UGC guidelines for being arbitrary as it would compel students to appear for exams amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Apex court’s 3 judge bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan will hear the case today. The bench also includes Justices R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah. The petition has been lined up for hearing along with three other similar petitions filed on the same matter i.e. one petition by law student Yash Dubey and Aadtiya Thackeray’s Yuva Sena petition.
608 Universities Ready to Hold Exams & The Commission Revealed:
Amid rising criticism and concern over health of the students over UGC’s decision to make final year exams compulsory, the commission revealed that it has received responses from over 818 universities (121 deemed universities, 291 private universities, 51 central universities, and 355 state universities), on the matter of holding final year exams amid the on-going health emergency.
The commission added that 818 universities, 603 have either held the examination or are planning to conduct soon. However, so far, the decision to hold final year exams has come under attack from students, parents, academicians as well as several state governments. So far, 7 state governments have already decided cancellation of university and college exams in their respective states owing to the rising number of Coronavirus infections.