UGC Vs Students: SC To Hear Plea Tomorrow; #NoMoreWaitUGC Trends On Twitter
The Supreme Court will hear pleas challenging the final-year exam guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC) tomorrow, August 14. A group of 31 students from Assam, Bihar, Karnataka. In addition, Meghalaya, Uttar Pradesh, and other states have demanded that final year students be promoted on the basis of their past performance.
The UGC, in its latest exam guidelines, permitted universities to promote intermediate semester students on the basis of internal assessment and past performance.
However, the guidelines made the conduct of exams mandatory for final year students in online, offline, or blended (online and offline) mode.
In the plea, filed on July 20, several issues, including the ongoing flood situation in Bihar and Assam were also mentioned.
Different states, including Maharashtra and Delhi, had previously decided to cancel final year university exams. However, UGC in the Supreme Court said that states have no power to cancel university exams.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, during the last hearing, told the bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan that states cannot change the rules of the UGC. As only it is empowered to prescribe rules for conferring degrees.
As Supreme Court’s verdict is awaited, students are running multiple social media campaigns. The final year students are demanding cancellation of exams. Also, promotion on the basis of past performance. However, degree allotment so that they can take admission for higher studies.
— Mariam Parbin (@mariam_parbin) August 13, 2020
— Priya Dutta (@Priya__Dutta98) August 13, 2020
We have been waiting for the past 5 months and you are still sleeping.
You are ignoring us like we never existed.
Now enough is enough. Give us our degrees. We can't wait for further.
3)Degree Allotment@ugc_india @PMOIndia @BSYBJP#NoMoreWaitUGC
— Prasenjit Deka (@PrasenjitDeka10) August 13, 2020
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