UGC Guidelines for Examination 2020: All Eyes on Supreme Court
The Supreme Court will have a full hand, and the UGC Exam Directives 2020 is to deliver its decision. The court had reserved its decision on August 18 and had required both parties to make their final arguments in three days ‘ time. The SC will determine whether to conduct the final year exams before 30 September.
Students protested against the UGC for authorizing universities and colleges in the course of the pandemic to carry out the final year examinations. On 10 August, the UGC told the Supreme Court that it was the sole competence to determine whether or not the exams would take place.
On behalf of the UGC, solicitor general Tushar Mehta has told the court that the decision can only be reached by the institution because it is the only body that can award a degree. He also challenged the Maharashtra and Delhi governments’ decision to cancel the final exams under the Disaster Management Act.
The Maharashtra and Delhi governments were previously ordered by the Supreme Court to record the order cancelling the examinations. The Ministry of Home Affairs was also asked about its stance on this topic.
The court hears a number of appeals that the final term exams for the COVID-20 pandemic have been cancelled. The UGC said universities were approached to inform examination status and responses from 818 universities (121 deemed Universities, 291 private universities, 51 central and 355 state universities) were received.
Out of the 818 universities, 603 have conducted or plan to conduct the examination. 209 other exams have already been performed (on-line/off-line; 394 are scheduled to perform the exams in August or September (on-line/off-line/mixed modes).
Many students urged that examinations should be revoked and the students’ results should be calculated based on their internal evaluation or past performance.