States must conduct exams by Sept 30 to promote students, but they can approach UGC to postpone exams due to COVID-19, says SC
Guwahati: The wait for lakhs of students across the country is over as the Supreme Court on Friday upheld University Grants Commission's (UGC) July 6 circular to hold final-year exams by September end.
In its final verdict, the top court refused the prayer to quash the UGC guidelines to hold the exams. It said that students cannot be promoted without final -year exams.
A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said states must conduct exams by September 30 to promote students. If any state feels they can’t conduct exams by that date, they must approach the UGC for new dates to hold the exam.
The apex court added that states/ UTs will have power under the Disaster Management Act to postpone exams amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It said, the decision of State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) to postpone exams will prevail over UGC guidelines, but, SDMA cannot direct to pass students based on previous performances.
Further, states/ UTs cannot pass students without exams, as directed UGC, however, it has given the liberty to states/UTs to approach UGC to postpone examinations because of COVID-19 pandemic.