The Supreme Court (SC) on the 28th of August, announced a verdict about the final year examinations, amid the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19.
A bench of three SC judges led by Justice Ashok Bhushan reviewed petitions filed against online/offline examinations for final year students.
The Apex Court said, “State disaster management authority (SDMA) can postpone exams overriding UGC guidelines. However, SDMA cannot direct institutes to pass students based on previous performance.”
The Top Court said all final year examinations would be held as per guidelines of the University Grant Commission (UGC.)
On the 6th of July, the UGC directed universities across India to hold final year examinations and issued a notice regarding the same.
However, states/union territories like Delhi, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh cancelled final year University exams. Meanwhile, many state governments and students associations approached the SC seeking cancellation of UGC final year examinations in India.
Concluding today’s hearing the Apex Court asked the government of several states to write to the UGC and approach for postponement of the deadline of the examinations.
The UGC asked states to complete final year examinations by the 30th of September.
On the other hand, two entrances exams, Joint Entrance Exams (JEE) Mains and National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) are also scheduled in September.
Stay tuned for further updates.