Supreme Court (File Photo)
The wait is over. Supreme Court will announce its final verdict on UGC guidelines today, August 28, putting an end to anxiety of lakhs of students. The court will pronounce the final order or judgment in the UGC matter at 10:30 am, the lawyer representing the 31 students who moved the supreme court against the UGC guidelines for examination 2020, said.
Dear #UGC final year friends,
Wait is over.
Hon’ble Supreme Court will pronounce final order/ judgment in our UGC matter tomorrow morning at 10.30 AM.
All the Best to each one of you.
Let’s hope for the Best.
Take care. pic.twitter.com/a14orgZmDj
— Alakh Alok Srivastava (@advocate_alakh) August 27, 2020
The Supreme Court on Tuesday, August 18, 2020. Also, reserved its judgement. Several hearings had already been carried out on the matter. The Supreme Court allowed three days’ time to all parties present written submissions on the final arguments in this case.
In such a situation, the eyes of the students and institutions are now on the Supreme Court’s decision.
UGC Released Revised Guidelines On July 6
On July 6, the UGC had issued a set of revised guidelines in which it was mandatory to conduct undergraduate and postgraduate final year examinations of all colleges/universities by the end of September. The same guidelines of UGC were challenged in the Supreme Court. On behalf of the students of various universities across the country.
Demand For Cancellation Of Examinations Due To COVID-19
By filing a petition in the Supreme Court against the guidelines mandating final year exams by the UGC, the students highlighted the issue of increasing COVID-19 cases with every passing day. In such a situation, the health and life of students will be at high risk if the examinations are taking place. Therefore, instructions should be given to cancel the guidelines of the UGC and declare the result on the basis of the past performance.
Yuva Sena, the youth wing of Shiv Sena, is one of the petitioners in the Supreme Court and has questioned the UGC’s directive to hold examinations during the pandemic times.
The Delhi and Maharashtra governments have expressed their concerns regarding this matter. These governments have argued that in such circumstances it will not be possible to conduct examinations.
UGC had told the court that the directive is for the “benefit of students” as the universities have to start admissions to postgraduate courses and state authorities cannot override the UGC’s guideline.
The UGC had said that final examination is a “crucial step” in the academic career of a student. And the state government cannot say that its July 6 directive was “not binding”.
On August 10, the UGC had questioned the decisions of Delhi and Maharashtra governments to cancel final year exams of state universities amid the COVID-19 pandemic, saying they were against the rules.
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