28 Aug 2020, 12:01 pm By Rohit Sindhu
UGC Guidelines: Supreme Court upholds UGC's decision, all states must hold exams to promote students

Supreme Court on Friday upholds the University Grants Commission's decision to hold final year examinations. Supreme Court delivering its verdict on August 28,  upholds UGC's July 6 circular to hold University final year exams. Apex Court also says all states must hold exams to promote students.

It says states under Disaster management Act can postpone exams in view of pandemic & can consult UGC to fix the dates. Students cannot be promoted without University final year exams, says Supreme Court while delivering verdict on UGC Guidelines. Supreme Court began hearings at 11.00 am on pleas challenging July 6 University Grants Commission's circular asking Universities to hold final year exams by the end of September. The verdict has been announced by a Supreme Court's bench of Justice Ashok Bhushan, Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice M. R. Shah.

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Key Takeaways-

  • All states must conduct final year exams across all Universities and follow the UGC Guidelines issued through July 6, circular on final year exams.
  • Students cann't be promoted without holding final year exams.
  • States can postpone final year exams under Disaster Management Act but fresh dates have to be fixed in consultation with UGC.

The Supreme Court's hearing had been postponed thrice in last 28 days. Apex Court was expected to deliver its final decision on August 28. The Supreme Court had completed the hearing in the case on August 18 and reserved its decision. On August 18, the bench had reserved the judgment and asked all parties to file their final arguments within three days.