University Grants Commission (UGC) told the Bombay High Court that the Maharashtra government did not have power to cancel Universities final year exams. On Friday during the hearing in Bombay High Court, UGC said that Maharashtra & any other state government has no power to cancel University examinations and the power is vested is in hands of regulator. This brings jolt to the Government of Maharashtra which approached High Court over UGC Guidelines for holding final exams by September end.
On July 24, 2020 Bombay High Court was hearing the plea filed in which UGC decision to hold final year/ semester exams across all Universities & Colleges, was challenged. During the hearing UGC told that state Govt has no power to cancel final exams as it will directly affect the standards of higher education in India. Defending its decision, UGC said the power is vested with the regulatory authority.
Earlier the University Grant Commission filed an affidavit, in response to a PIL filed by a retired professor and Pune resident Dhananjay Raghunath Kulkarni, through advocate Uday Warunjikar, which stated that the UGC was the regulatory authority in such matters, and the state was not empowered to decide the mode of assessment for final-year students, and hence the June 19 government resolution (GR) should be set aside and quashed.
In support of its guidelines, UGC said that it had not made any distinction between professional and non-professional courses. The affidavit stated, “The state government’s decision to defer the final year/ terminal semester examinations or to graduate students without exams, to affect standard of higher education”. “UGC supports the conduct of final exams whether in online, offline, or blended mode”, UGC notice reads.
Final year exams very important: UGC
University Grant Commission has said that holding final year/ semester examinations for University/ College students are very important. UGC citing the credibility of degree, suggested all state/ central Universities to hold final term exams either in Online/ Offline or recommended modes.
Maharashtra Govt approaches High Court challenging UGC guidelines
Earlier Maharashtra cabinet minister Aaditya Thackrey approached High Court, challenging UGC's decision to hold final year examinations. In view of current situation raised due to Covid19 pandemic, UGC should reverse its decision of holding final year examinations, Aaditya Thackrey told during interaction with media.