10 Aug 2020, 12:30 pm By Rohit Sindhu
UGC Final Year Exam Guidelines: Supreme Court adjourns hearing for August 14

Supreme Court on Monday adjourns the hearing of pleas challenging UGC guidelines & cancellation of exams, to August 14. SC will hear the pleas challenging UGC's July 6 circular and seeking cancellation of final term examination in view of COVID-19 situation, on fresh date i.e August 14. Earlier it was expected that the decision on UGC guidelines would be out today, which washed after Supreme Court adjourns the hearing to Friday, August 14. The apex court sought clarification if the Disaster Management Act can override the UGC's notification. In the last hearing, the Supreme Court had asked the Home Ministry to clarify its stand on the issue.

Supreme Court of India on Monday, hearing the pleas filed from UGC over final year exams and students pleas challenging final year / semester exams in view of current unfavourable conditions, has adjourned the hearing to 14 August. Whether University final year / semester exams be cancelled or not? the decision is now shifted to next date i.e 14 August. As thousands of students are waiting for the SC's final verdict on the UGC Guidelines, the decision has further delayed to Friday.

In Supreme Court today Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appeared on behalf of University Grants Commission and says "It is the only body that can prescribe rules for conferring a degree, states cannot change rules and it is not in the interest of students to not have exams.

On other hand, Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava appeared on behalf of the 31 students and raised a question on the constitutionality of the UGC guidelines. “Delhi and Maharashtra were asked to reply but our concern is not the states reply but the legality of the UGC guidelines”, Advocate said in Supreme Court. Now all eyes are on the next hearing scheduled on August 14, 2020.

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