NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday struck down a petition filed seeking the cancellation of final year college examinations in view of outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. The SC gave a verdict that no states can promote the final year students without conducting examinations.
The SC ordered that states examinations must be held this year but states can ask for the dates to be deferred beyond September 30. The Supreme Court has made it clear that the UGC guidelines must be followed by everyone. Several groups, including Yuva Sena of Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray, have filed petitions seeking promotion of students to upper classes without final exams in the wake of the corona virus.
In view of this, the petitioners asked the court to cancel the examinations. Students have already completed five semesters. The results should be announced based on the marks Cumulative Grade Point Average or CGPA obtained. The Supreme Court, which heard the petitions today, ruled in favor of the UGC (University Grants Commission). The court asked the states not to promote students without exams.
So the states can just postpone the exams, but cannot cancel the exams and promote them to higher classes as per the judgement of Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, the national education body University Grants Commission (UGC) had said final year college exams must be held by September 30 and every state must conduct final examinations to protect the academic future of students.