By Rohit Sindhu, Updated : Aug 18, 2020 15:52 IST
Supreme Court on UGC Guidelines (Live Updates): SC reserves verdict on petitions by Sept 30

The Supreme Court on Tuesday decided to reserve its decision on pleas challenging the UGC Guidelines for holding final year exams, by Sept 30. Hearing in Supreme Court began at 12.30 pm on pleas against July 6 circular issued by the University Grants Commission asking varsities to conduct final year exams by the end of September. With rising cases of COVID 19 in India, the students in their plea said that it is against their right to life. It is expected that Supreme Court would announce its verdict today, after hearing the pleas on UGC guidelines, as lakhs of students are waiting for the final decision on their examinations across the country.

Earlier on August 14, Supreme Court scheduled the hearing on UGC guidelines to Tuesday, August 18. During the hearing Supreme Court senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi representing the students’ plea said that “Exams have to be held after teaching, teaching has been disrupted due to Covid19 and exams will be held now?” The new academic sessions being started without holding final year exams, exams without academic classes were among concerns, raised in front of the Supreme court.

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Delhi High Court to DU

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Supreme Court reserves verdict by Sept 30

Breaking: Supreme Court of India reserves verdict on petitions challenging mandating final-year university exams by September 30.

SC reserves decision on petitions challenging UGC Guidelines

Supreme Court on Tuesday reserves its decision on all petitions challenging July 6 UGC guidelines to hold final term exams by Sept end.

Supreme Court asks Solicitor General

Explain how UGC Act can override an order issued by disaster management authority, Supreme Court asks Solicitor General. Apex court also asks SG has UGC guidelines statutory or legal force.

Sr Advocate favouring Delhi Govt's decision

 Out of total 8 universities in Delhi, 6 have completed exams, but students are facing difficulties, citing OBE Exams of DU, says Sr advocate representing Delhi.

Soliciter General in favour of UGC Guidelines

UGC guidelines are vetted by the Ministry of Health, says Solicitor General

Soliciter General Mehta to Supreme Court

Mehta told the Supreme Court that 290 examinations have been completed in around 800 universities while 390 Universities are in the process to conduct final year/ semester exams.

State government couldn't change the decision

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta on August 10. told the Supreme court that the state governments could not change the rules of the University Grant Commission and have to follow UGC guidelines for University exams.

SC hearing 14 August flashback

On August 14, during the hearing, advocate Shyam Dewan, on behalf of the students, had told the Supreme Court that the health of the final year students appearing in exams, is as important as of the other students. Senior Advocate Shyam Dewan said that these days students are facing a lot of hurdles including transport and communication. He said that many colleges in the state of Maharashtra are being used as quarantine centers. 

Hearing begins on UGC Guidelines

Supreme Court on Tuesday at 12.30 pm begins hearing on the petitions filed by the University Grants Commission on the revised guidelines. Earlier on Friday (14 August 2020), a Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan decided to postpone the hearing of the case for 18 August.