Supreme Court has upheld the #UGC Guidelines 2020, and accepted the plea of UGC that, "degrees cannot be awarded to students sans examination"
The Supreme Court of India has ruled that, 'while the examinations can be cancelled by the States under the Disaster Management Act, but the degrees cannot be granted for promoting students without conducting examinations. The Apex Court however also said that the 'states can approach UGC to get extension of the deadlines'. The Court also upheld that UGC Guidelines, 2020 while holding that, "internal assessments will not suffice."
"If states feel they cannot conduct exams by September 20, they can approach UGC for relief," said the judges of the Supreme Court while delivering the much anticipated judgment.
Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah delivered the ruling through video-conferencing.
Court has refused the prayer to quash the UGC guidelines to hold the exams.
Directions of State Disaster Management Authority for canceling exams in that particular State will prevail over the UGC directions.
States/UTs cannot promote final year students without conducting examination. States/Union Territories were given liberty to approach UGC to seek postponement of the exams in the light of #COVID-19 pandemic situation.