Supreme Court of India will be announcing the verdict on ongoing UGC exam guidelines case relating to final year exams on Wednesday. As per the reports the verdict was to be announced by the court on Monday. However, the final decision on UGC guidelines and final year exams is likely to be announced on Wednesday.
Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava (students representative) on his twitter handle tweeted that the decision has not been passed by the SC today. He further added that the judicial bench will not sit tomorrow so the decision is likely to be announced by Wednesday I.e., 26th August. In the meantime, he has further advised final year students whose exams are beginning from tomorrow to request an urgent stay from the High Courts.
As lakhs of final year students from across the country awaits for Supreme Court’s verdict on UGC guidelines. The decision of SC is expected on 26th August. On Tuesday, August 18 the Supreme Court reserved its order and asked all the concerned parties to file written submissions by 21st August 2020.
The three other benches comprising of Justice R Subhash Reddy, MR Shah, and Justices Ashok Bhushan heard the plea challenging UGC exam guidelines. The states including West Bengal, Odisha, Maharashtra, and Delhi spoke in the hearing before the court was adjourned.
Revised UGC Exam Guidelines Released on July 6
UGC on July 6 released its revised guidelines mandating the conduct of final year exams of all Institutes and Universities by September end. The UGC exam guidelines were later challenged by the final year students in the Supreme Court demanding cancellation of exams.
Students Demand Cancellation of Exams
Final year students filed the plea in Supreme Court demanding cancellation of final year exams amid coronavirus pandemic. The students highlighted that the conduct of exams will risk the lives of lakhs of students. Therefore, the students challenged the UGC guidelines and seek promotion of final year students based on previous semester marks.
The Maharashtra and Delhi government have expressed their concerns regarding the course. The State Governments have further filed a petition in Supreme Court arguing that in such an extreme coronavirus situation, the conduct of exams is not possible and is risky.