While ensuring that the state government cannot abolish the guidelines of the UGC asking universities to give exams by 30 September. The commission on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that states can not give degrees to the students without conducting exams.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta who represented the UGC told a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan in a court hearing held via video conferencing that the directive is not a ‘diktat’. He said the decision is taken for the benefits of students only. He further mentioned that in the academic career of a student the final year exam is a ‘crucial step’. The state government cannot mention that UGC’s July 6 order was not authoritative.
Tushar Mehta also retained that the universities have to initiate the admissions process for postgraduate courses. And for admission students require to qualify for the undergraduate degree.
On July 6, the UGC released its guidelines regarding the conduction of final year examinations. Moreover, UGC requests the colleges and universities to conductive the final year exams by September 30.
Mehta further added that the state does not have any right to abolish the guidelines. The states may look for augmentation of the deadline for directing examination.
Earlier, The Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed the bench comprised of Justices R S Reddy and M R Shah, that in the country there are a total of 800 Universities. Out of that 800, 209 Universities have already conducted the final year examinations. Whereas approximately 390 universities are in the process of conducting the final year examinations.
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