Today, the UGC (University Grants Commission) informed the Supreme Court that it has allowed the universities to conduct special exams whenever feasible for those students who cannot appear for the term-end exams in September.
Earlier, the UGC in its guidelines had asked all the universities to hold term-end exams mandatorily by September-end. This move has been opposed by Delhi and Maharashtra. They have issued a directive that the universities which are being run by the state will not hold term-end exams.
The UGC told Supreme Court all the institutions and the universities are obligated to conduct a final year or terminal semester exam by the end of September 2020. The UGC also added that the special examination can be held whenever feasible for students.
Earlier, in a series of tweets, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank had said that assessment is one of the most important milestones in any education model. Students get self-confidence and satisfaction through their performance in exams.
A petition was filed in the Supreme Court by a group of students, including one COVID-affected student. Cancellation of exams was demanded by students as they claimed the “right to life.” The SC had asked a response from UGC in its last hearing.