Education News: Supreme Court rules that the students will not get the degree without final examinations. But the states under Disaster Management Act can postpone exams in view of the Corona pandemic. The Supreme Court also said that no state can promote final year students without final examination as ordered by UGC (University Grant Commission).
The Supreme Court has upheld the University Grants Commission’s position that “there will be no degrees without exam,” says Amit Khare, secretary, higher education, ministry of education on Friday.
“That has been the position of the UGC’s that degrees can’t be awarded without the final exams. The Court has upheld that position and exams have to be conducted,” said Khare.
The UGC’s revised guidelines of 6th July, 2020 states that “In view of the emerging situation related to COVID-19 pandemic in India, it is important to safeguard the principles of health, safety, fair and equal opportunity for students.
At the same time, it is very crucial to ensure academic credibility, career opportunities and future progress of students globally. Academic evaluation of students is a very important milestone in any education system,”
“Yes, there are some universities completely in containment zones who may not be able to conduct the exams by September 30. They can consult the UGC for the same so that a new schedule as per their convenience can be worked out. However, the exams have to be conducted,” said Khare.