On Friday, the Supreme Court passed the judgement of holding final year University exams by September 30 as per the UGC’s guidelines. The court added that states that are under the DM Act (Disaster Management) can postpone their exams seeing the COVID-19, but no state can promote students without taking their final year exams.
The notified circular on 6 July stated that the final year university examinations to be taken place. More than 31 students belonging to different states, filed petitions challenging the circular of holding the examinations amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
The bench included three judges, headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan. They held that in scenarios where the states do not wish to hold examinations due to the pandemic, they can seek UGC to postpone the examinations for their respective state amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Maharashtra decided not to hold last year University examinations under the DM Act, so they just need to seek UGC for their date extension.
The bench also comprising justices R Subhash Reddy and B.R. Gavai had reserved its verdict on the issue on 18 August, post days of the detailed hearing. The courts had also reserved its decision on whether the states have power under the Disaster Management Act to defer final examination till situation normalizes in contradictions to UGC’s guidelines.
Before reserving their verdict, the bench gave states and the UGC, 3 days to submit their final arguments in writing.
On 6 July, the UGC announced that universities and colleges have to conduct their final year examinations by the September end. Exams could be in online or online and offline mode.
The apex education regulator had then said that its decision not to scrap the final semester and final year exams is based on academic prudence and the need to maintain credibility.