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    Supreme Court on UGC guidelines: Here are the key highlights from SC's verdict

    Supreme Court on UGC guidelines: Here are the key highlights from SC's verdict
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    By CNBC-TV18  IST (Updated)

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    The Supreme Court on Friday said that states and universities cannot promote students without holding final year exams.

    The Supreme Court on Friday said that states and universities cannot promote students without holding final year exams. These exams will be held by September 30, 2020, it said while upholding the July 6 circular of the University Grants Commission (UGC) to hold university final year exams.
    Here are the key highlights from SC's verdict on UGC guidelines:
    • A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said if any state feels they can't conduct exams by that date, they must approach the UGC for new dates to hold the exam.
    • The court also said that states can postpone examinations under the Disaster Management Act, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, and they can consult the UGC to fix fresh dates.
    • Decision taken by state disaster management authorities to promote the final year students on the basis of previous semester/year results and internal assessments is beyond the jurisdiction/ powers under the DM Act and has to give way to the UGC guidelines, the court mentioned.
    • The bench had reserved its verdict on the issue on August 18.
    • SC began hearing this case from July 31.
    • On July 6, the UGC had issued guidelines that stated it was mandatory for Universities to conduct the final year exams. After this, multiple petitions were filed against the decision.
    • The UGC had earlier said that the July 6 guidelines are based on recommendations of experts and have been made after due deliberation and it is wrong to claim that it will not be possible to conduct the final examinations in terms of the guidelines.
    • Assailing the decisions of some states like Maharashtra and Delhi to cancel final-year examinations, the UGC had said that such decisions directly affect standards of higher education and will be an encroachment on the legislative field of coordinating and determining the standards of higher education that is exclusively reserved for Parliament under Schedule VII of the Constitution.
    • (With inputs from agencies)
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