By Rohit Sindhu, Updated : Jul 30, 2020 18:05 IST
UGC allows Varsities to conduct exams ‘when feasible’: Commission to Supreme Court

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has said to Supreme Court that Universities/ Institutions are allowed to conduct special exams “when feasible” for students who cannot appear for Term-End exams in September. The replay came after students and academicians approached Supreme Court over UGC guidelines to hold examinations by September.

UGC also said the decision of states like Maharashtra and Delhi “to either cancel” exams for UG/ PG students and/or to graduate students and confer degrees without appearing for the final year/ terminal semester examinations is plainly contrary to the UGC guidelines. Replying over its guidelines, UGC told Supreme Court that it has allowed universities to conduct “special exams when feasible” and holding final year exams are very important.

UGC in Supreme Court on Thursday said that all state & central universities/ institutions “obligated to conduct terminal semester/ final year exam by the end of September 2020”, UGC tells Supreme Court. UGC also said that its revised guidelines provide option for “special examination” for students who cannot appear in September exams when feasible.

In the same row, Delhi University has also pitched to hold Physical exams later when situation turns more feasible for exams. University has also scheduled to conduct Online Open Book exams (OBE) from 10 August as mock-tests are being conducted. The UGC had earlier in its guidelines asked all universities to mandatorily to hold term-end (final year and semester) exams by September-end.

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According to a report published in Indian Express, throwing light over the states’ decision HRD Minister recently tweeted “In any educational model, assessment is one of the most important milestones. Performance in exams gives students self-confidence and satisfaction.” Education Minister, however, also said that special exams should be held for students who might not be able to appear for exams by September.