The Hon’ble Supreme Court on August 28 pronounced its verdict on the number of petitions filed before the court challenging the guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC) on July 6, to conduct the examinations of the Final Year Students before September 30. The Supreme Court had concluded and reserved its judgement on this matter on August 18.
A three judges’ bench of Justices R Subhash Reddy, MR Shah, led by Justice Ashok Bhushan heard the plea challenging the UGC guidelines today. The wait of lakhs of students came to an end while quashing the petitions, the Supreme Court ruled that States and UTs cannot promote students without conducting Final Year Exams. “States cannot promote students without holding Final Year Exams, may approach UGC seeking extension of deadline”- held the Hon’bleSupreme Court. The UGC had already submitted before the court that their directions are for the “benefit of the students”.
The SC also said that the Disaster Management Act can postpone exams and can consult UGC to fix dates. The order of the Maharashtra State Government to cancel University Exams shall also prevail. Granting the states, a liberty in postponing exams the SC said, “If any state has taken a decision that it is not possible to hold exams, we grant them liberty to approach the UGC to seek an extension of the deadline.”
Lakhs of students were under the dilemma whether or not their final examinations will be conducted. Since the examinations were of the final year students, further delay in the decision might have jeopardised their careers. Refusing to quash the guidelines of UGC, The SC has finally relived the anxiety of a number of students regarding the uncertainty about their examinations.