New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Wednesday notified the Supreme Court that special exams will be held for students who will not be able to appear for the final year and semester exams in September.
The UGC informed that it has allowed the universities to conduct ‘special exams when feasible’ for the students who will not be able to appear for their final exams in September.
Previously, UGC had issued guidelines stating that it is mandatory for all universities to hold final year and semester exams by the end of September.
States like Delhi and Maharashtra have already expressed their opposition against the step. They have also issued a directive that state-run universities will not be holding the final year and semester exams.
The state-run universities earlier decided to cancel the final-term exams for undergraduate and postgraduate students and certify them without examination. The UGC opposed the decision and said, “It is plainly contrary to the UGC guidelines”.
The UGC told the Supreme Court, “All universities or institutions obligated to conduct a terminal semester or final year exam by the end of September 2020”. It also declared about the special examination for the students who cannot appear in exams in September.
The Human Resource and Development (HRD) ministry was already facing opposition and strong protests from students, academicians and even chief ministers of several states due to the mandate.
The HRD minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ tweeted, “In any education model, assessment is one of the most important milestones. Performance in exams gives students self-confidence and satisfaction”.
Pokhriyal also said that special exams should be held for students who might not be able to appear for the exam in September.
Previously, a group of students which also included a boy affected with coronavirus had filed a petition in the Supreme Court opposing its directive. The students demanded the cancellation of exams and claimed that it is against the “right to life”. Thus, in the last hearing, the Supreme court asked the UGC to answer the questions in the plea.