UGC to SC: Holding final year examinations vital for academic future of students [30.7.2020]

The UGC also submitted before the apex court that the decision has been taken keeping in mind the health and safety of students and courts should not normally intervene in academic decisions and policies concerning standards and quality of education.

New Delhi, 30.7.2020

The July 6 directive by University Grants Commission (UGC) asking universities across the country to hold final year/ terminal semester examinations by the end of September is intended to protect the academic future of students which will be irreparably damaged if the examinations are not held, the UGC told the Supreme Court on Thursday.

The UGC also submitted before the apex court that the decision has been taken keeping in mind the health and safety of students and courts should not normally intervene in academic decisions and policies concerning standards and quality of education.

“All universities/ institutions in the country are obligated to conduct terminal semester/ final year examination by the end of September 2020. The UGC took the decision to protect the academic future of students across the country while also keeping in mind their health and safety”, the affidavit filed by UGC said.

The affidavit was filed in response to a batch of petitions by several students and organizations challenging the July 6 guidelines issue by UGC to hold final year examinations by September. A COVID-19 positive student was one of the petitioners raising the demand for the exams to be cancelled in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Shiv Sena’s youth wing Yuva Sena was also a petitioner before the Court.

The petitioners have demanded the apex court to consider scrapping online/offline test and instead direct UGC to declare results by July 31 based on their past performance or internal assessment.

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah had issued notice to UGC on Monday.

The UGC had, on April 29, published guidelines for universities to follow regarding holding of examinations taking into account the Covid-19 situation.




31 Jul 2020