The Supreme Court pronounced the much awaited verdict on the final year exam on Friday, i.e. August 28, 2020. The deadlines, however, can be alterations and states can petition UGC to postpone exams.
A Court led by Justice Ashok Bhushan handed down the judgment at approximately 10.45 am on a batch of pleas challenging the UGC Order to universities and colleges across the country to schedule final year examinations by September 30. The apex court asked the UGC that if there is a certain situation in a state, it could bypass the government of the state and take a stand on the dates of the examinations.
The court had announced its judgment on August 18 after a reportedly four-hour marathon hearing, the apex court heard arguments from a battery of senior advocates appearing for different stakeholders, including Arvind P. Datar (for Maharashtra government), Jaideep Gupta (for West Bengal teachers), K.V. Viswanathan (Delhi government) and Odishas Advocate General Although Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appeared for the UGC, and West Bengal. The court had said it will also determine if the states should be allowed under the Disaster Management Act to delay the final examination until the situation is normal.
The judiciary had asked Mehta that if a state has a certain condition, it may bypass the state government and take a place on the examination plan. For which, before the court, Mehta had submitted that Covid-19 is a national disaster and it is up to the Center to determine, and the state authorities can not ignore the UGC.
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