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Conduct Final-year Exams By September 30 Under UGC Guidelines, SC Directs Universities & Colleges

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  • Under the Disaster Management Act states can postpone the examination in view of pandemic and consult UGC to fix the date
  • The exam can be conducted online, offline, or both.
  • States like Bihar and Assam are under the influence of severe floods, will be allowed to take the examination later

Mumbai: Following the UGC’s decision to conduct the final year examination, the apex court on Friday ordered universities and colleges to hold the final year examination by 30 September.

The apex court held that students cannot be promoted without the final year examination of the university.

The court said that states should conduct examinations to promote students. It also said that under the Disaster Management Act states can postpone the examination in view of pandemic and consult UGC to fix the date.

The apex court announced the verdict, stating, “States have to conduct final year examinations as per UGC guidelines and will have to seek permission for an exemption.”

The Apex Court further said that “States which are not inclined to conduct the final year examination by 30 September will have to make representation to UGC.”

The University Grants Commission had asked all universities and colleges to conduct their final year examinations before 30 September as any further delay would result in the loss of the academic year. The exam can be conducted online, offline, or both. Those who will not be able to appear for the examination due to COVID or other difficulties, as states like Bihar and Assam are under the influence of severe floods, will be allowed to take the examination later.

Several petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court of India challenging the guidelines and seeking cancellation of the final year examination.

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