‘Keep Politics Away From Education’: Education Minister on UGC Guidelines

The Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court which has upheld the UGC guidelines on conducting exams for the final year students.

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Supreme Court has announced its verdict on UGC guidelines on Final Year Exams. The SC on Friday refused to cancel the UGC guidelines to hold the final year examinations for college and university students. States cannot promote students without a final examination. However, states can approach the UGC for an extension on the September 30 deadline.

The Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court which has upheld the UGC guidelines on conducting exams for the final year students. He urged all stakeholders to “keep politics away from education” and rather “educate our politics”.

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Education Minister:

Welcoming the move, Pokhriyal wrote on Twitter in Hindi, “I heartily welcome the decision taken by the Supreme Court with respect to the final year exams. Let’s keep politics away from education and educate our politics.”

Several students had protested against holding of exams during the pandemic. They had demanded mass promotion based on internal assessment.

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Pokhriyal had in a series of tweets earlier emphasised the importance of exams. Pokhriyal wrote, “In any education model, assessment is one of the most important milestones. Performance in exams gives students self-confidence and satisfaction.” He, however, also said that special exams should be held for students who might not be able to appear for exams by September. Pokhriyal had said that the universities can conduct these exams anytime based on the convenience of students.

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