Can’t Promote Students Without It, Final Year Exams to Be Held, says Supreme Court

New Delhi: Final year college examinations must be held for the current year however states can request the dates to be conceded past September 30 on the off chance that they needed to on account of the coronavirus emergency, the Supreme Court said today.

“State can’t promote students without final year examinations,” the top court confirmed.

Most importantly all students need to take the final year exams; states can just delay them yet can’t drop them, as indicated by the court. 

A few petitions, including one by the Yuva Sena of Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray, had required the exams to be dropped due to Covid-19. The petitions alluded to challenges faced by students one after another all educational institutions were shut because of the infection crisis. They contended that students have finished five semesters and had a Cumulative Grade Point Average or CGPA, which could be the reason for results without final examinations. 

In any case, the Supreme Court decided that “internal assessments won’t suffice.” 

The national education body University Grants Commission (UGC) had said final year college exams must be held by September 30. The exams are a must to “ensure the academic fate of students” and degrees can’t be given without examinations, it had said. During hearings, the UGC told the Supreme Court that the directive on exams was “not a diktat” yet states can’t take a choice to present degrees without exams; the state were allowed to extend the deadline. The Supreme Court today concurred. 

The judges said, “On the off chance that states feel they can’t conduct exams by September 20, they can approach UGC for alleviation,”. 

Judges Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah conveyed the decision through video-conferencing. 

Specialist General Tushar Mehta, showing up for UGC, said the choice was for the “advantage of students” as theuniversities have to begin admissions to postgraduate courses. 

In August, the UGC had questioned the choices of Delhi and Maharashtra to drop final year exams. Such choices, said the central college body, “directly influence the norms of highereducation and will be an encroachment on the legislative field of organizing and deciding the standards of higher education that is exclusively reserved for parliament under the constitution”.

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