The position of the UGC (University Grants Commission) has been upheld by the Supreme Court. On Friday, Amit Khare, secretary, higher education, Ministry of Education said that there will be no degrees without exams. The decision of the apex court has come on a petition that demanded that the final year exams should be canceled, and students should be promoted based on internal assessment.
The Supreme Court said that the final year examinations have to be held. But the examinations can be postponed in view of the pandemic by the Disaster Management Act of the States. It has also been said by the Supreme Court that no final year student will be promoted by the state without the examination, as was previously ordered by the UGC.
Khare said that this has been the position of UGC that the degrees cannot be awarded without the students appearing for final year exams. This position has been upheld by the court and therefore, the exams have to be conducted.
The Supreme Court has, however, said that the states under the Disaster Management Act can postpone the exams in the view of the coronavirus pandemic and that the states can also consult with the UGC to fix dates for the holding of examinations at a convenient date and that is suitable in the current time of the pandemic.
Khare said that there are some universities that are in containment zones who might not be able to conduct exams before September 30. These universities can consult the UGC for the same and a schedule can be worked out which will be convenient to all. The exams have to be conducted in all circumstances.