National: Supreme Court of India upholds the decision of the Union Grants Commission (UGC). The court states the fact that universities and other higher education institutes cannot promote students on the basis of internal assessments. the universities and higher education institutes will have to conduct the final-year exams.
A bench of justices Ashok Bhushan, M.R. Shah, and R Subhash Reddy refused to cancel the July 6 UGC guidelines. On July 6, UGC issued guidelines asking universities and institutions to hold final-year exams by September 30.
However, states and Union Territories (UT) can approach UGC for extension of the September 30 deadline. Under the Disaster Management Act of 2005, the states and UTs can postpone final-year exams beyond the September 30 deadline.
Many students are still protesting the order given by UGC instructing to conduct exams both online and offline. Delhi and Maharashtra states had also decided to cancel exams due to the ongoing pandemic.
The Supreme Court was hearing more than 7 petitions against UGC’s decision. According to the petitions, the students have already done 5 semesters and have average cumulative points. This is enough for assessing final-year results without the final examinations.
However, the Supreme Court rules out the petitions and announces that ‘internal assessments is not enough’.
There was a mixed response from various sections. Alakh Alok Srivastava, the council for one of the petitioner stated that the court left it to the states to decide the course of action. He also made requests to state governments to go for online-based exams.
Ramesh Pokhriyal, the Union Education Minister welcomes the order of SC. In his tweet, he urges to make politics more educated. Also to keep politics away from education.