Petition Against UGC Guidelines Accepted By Supreme Court; UGC To Reply In 3 Days [27.7.2020]

The petition by 31 students against the UGC Guidelines issued on July 6 has been accepted by the Supreme Court, said their lawyer. The next hearing is on July 31.

New Delhi, 27.7.2020

New Delhi: The petition, filed by 31 students, against the revised guidelines on final year exam by the University Grants Commission, or UGC, has been accepted by the Supreme Court of India. The Lawyer representing the students has said on social media that the UGC has been asked by the top court to submit a reply within three days. The next hearing is scheduled on Friday, July 31.

The latest UGC guidelines have made final year exams compulsory for all institutes. Final year University exams, according to the UGC guidelines, are to be conducted by September-end in online, offline, or a blended mode.
Students, since the release of the revised guidelines, have been arguing that the conduct of final year examination by September-end invites serious health risks and demanding that the exams be canceled.

The petitioners have also demanded that the final year examinations be cancelled and results be calculated on the basis of past performances.

UGC, however, had previously said that out of the 818 universities, 209 have already conducted examinations in online or offline mode. The remaining 394 are planning to conduct examinations in August or September, in online, offline, or blended mode.

Responding to criticism by the stakeholders, Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ had previously said that examinations are a “reflection of their (students’) ability, performance, and reliability that is essential for global acceptance”.

Concerned about the health and safety of students amidst the COVID-19 crisis, Maharashtra and different states had previously decided to scrap final year university exams and evaluate students on the basis of alternative methods.

UGC, however, in response to an affidavit at the Bombay High Court said that the state government has no power to cancel university exams.

27 Jul 2020