Final exam: No degrees without exam, SC confirms UGC's position
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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has upheld the University Grants Commission’s position that “there will be no degrees without an exam,” said Amit Khare, secretary for higher education and ministry of education on Friday. The Apex Court’s ruling relates to the petition to cancel exams for the senior year and promote students based on an internal assessment.

SC regulates that final exams must be held for college / university students. However, states under the Disaster Management Act can postpone reviews in the face of the pandemic. The court also said that no state can sponsor final year students without a final exam, as directed by UGC.

“That was the position of the UGC that degrees cannot be awarded without the final exams. The court has confirmed that position and exams must be taken,” said Khare.

The UGC’s revised guidelines of July 6, 2020 state: “With the emerging situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic in India, it is important to uphold the principles of health, safety, fairness and equal opportunities for students. At the same time, it is very important to ensure the academic credibility, career opportunities and future progress of students worldwide. The academic evaluation of students is a very important milestone in any educational system. Colleges and universities have been asked to complete the exams in offline mode (pen and paper) / online / blended mode (online + offline) by the end of September 2020 according to prescribed protocols / guidelines related to COVID-19 pandemic.

However, the Supervisory Committee stated that states that have the Disaster Management Act to postpone pandemic audits and states may consult UGC to schedule audits to be conducted at a pandemic appropriate and appropriate time.

“Yes, there are some universities that are completely in security zones and they may not be able to take the exams until September 30th. You can also contact the UGC to work out a new schedule according to your needs. However, the tests need to be carried out, ”said Khare.

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