States Not Eligible to Promote Final Year Students Without Exams: Says Supreme Court

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    Besides the much-awaited verdict on the final year examinations by the Supreme Court of India, another crucial issue was considered. India’s apex court was to scrutinize the authoritative capacity of the state government in promoting the final year students without examinations under the Disaster Management Act, 2005. On Friday, it was ruled out that the state doesn’t hold this status, although it could appeal to UGC for an extension in the deadline for conducting the examination.

    What Did the Supreme Court Say?

    A three-judge bench led by Justice Ashok Bhushan upheld the power of a state and its disaster management authority, saying that it is plausible for the states to save the lives of the citizens in case of a disaster, which includes a curb on physical mobility as well. But that doesn’t provide states with the authority to promote students without examination. If students can’t physically appear and write the examination, states must either devise some other way or follow the guidelines laid down by the UGC.

    The Universities are Given an Extension

    Negating the claims made by the opposing party, the SC said that it disagrees with the fact that the UGC guidelines laid down on 6 August 2020 were unreasonable. “The UGC had rightly fixed a date for completion of the final-year examination throughout the country to maintain uniformity in the academic calendar,” Justice Bhushan added.

    Thus, all the state universities will have to conduct the terminal year examination either online, offline, or in a blended mode of conduction. For this, the Supreme Court has given them ample time. Students also need to prepare themselves. Some universities have already conducted the examinations; some are in the process while others are yet to commence. SC further added that UGC guidelines were not advisory and that all the varsities must abide by it.

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