UGC guidelines for final year exams challenged in SC by students

New Delhi (NVI): The guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC) have been challenged in the Supreme Court by more than a dozen students from various universities in 13 states and one union territory.

The UGC guideline dated July 6, stated that all the universities/ colleges have been instructed to conduct final year Examinations by September 30, 2020.

The petition has sought cancellation of final-year examinations for universities across the country, according to media reports.

Results should be declared on the basis of past performance and internal assessment of a student, the petition states.

The petitioners, which include a COVID-19 positive student, have pointed out that there are many final year students, who themselves or their family members are COVID-19 positive.

Furthermore, the petitioners have also sought awarding of marksheets and degrees to successful students by July 31, 2020. They have also demanded adoption of CBSE mechanism and providing of another chance to those dissatisfied with their marks.

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs had permitted the conduct of exams by Universities and Institutions vide a notification dated July 6, 2020 and had ordered the universities to compulsorily conduct examination of final year students as per UGC guidelines and Standard Operating Procedure.