UGC Exam Guidelines: Supreme Court Verdict Unlikely Today

UGC Exam Guidelines: Supreme Court Verdict Unlikely Today Supreme Court of India (source:SC)
Abhay Anand | Aug 26, 2020 - 1:17 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court of India is unlikely to pronounce its verdict on the University Grants Commission's exam guidelines today. The SC reserved its judgement on the PIL (Public Interest Litigation) by students, demanding cancellation of final-year university examinations made mandatory by the UGC guidelines on July 6.

On August 18, the Supreme Court had reserved its order on the petition filed by 31 students seeking cancellation of final-year examinations given the spread of COVID-19. The three-judge Supreme Court bench comprising justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah also asked all the parties to submit their application if any in writing, within three days.

Some of the states, including Maharashtra, Odisha, Delhi and West Bengal, have also expressed their concerns related to examinations and also appealed for its cancellation. The first three also conveyed their position against the guidelines to the SC.

Earlier, on July 6, the UGC came up with exam related guidelines for the final year, final semester university students, and asked universities to complete it by September end in online, offline or blended mode.

Following this, 31 students from different universities of the country approached the apex court challenging UGC guidelines. The petitioners claimed that forcing such students to appear in the final year examinations is a violation of the right to life conferred under Article 21.

The petitioners also argued that if the results of class 10 and 12 board exams can be declared on the basis of internal assessment, then why can it not be done for final year students.

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