The University Grants Commission (UGC) has clarified that, despite the spread of coronavirus in the country, it is mandatory for final year students to conduct exams. It also warned that if they did not, the degrees would not be honoured. The facts are as follows. It is understood that the UGC and the universities were contracted to conduct the exams for graduate students in the final year students of degree and PG by September 30. Meanwhile, universities in Delhi and Maharashtra agreed to postpone last years examinations in the wake of Covid-19. An affidavit had been filed with the Supreme Court to this effect. Additionally, several cases were filed in the Supreme Court questioning the instructions of the Commission. A Supreme Court bench led by Justice Ashok Bhushan has taken up the case.
In this case, on behalf of the UGC, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta today told the Supreme Court that it would not be in the best interest of the students to cancel the exams. The colleges, however, argued the commissions ruling was illegal and unlawful. Thushar Mehta has asked the court to give the committee time to comment on the matter. The supreme tribunal decided and adjourned the case till next Friday.
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