The Supreme Court today said that it will now hear the petition challenging the University Grants Commission (UGC) decision to make final-year examinations mandatory on August 14. The Supreme Court today heard the pleas against the UGC guidelines making it mandatory for final year exams to be held by September 30. Though the final decision on the matter was supposed to be out today, the SC has now sought clarification on whether the Disaster Management Act can override the UGC's notification. The next hearing on the University Grants Commission’s directives for final-year exams is scheduled for August 14, 2020.
Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, appearing on behalf of the 31 students who had filed one of the petitions being heard by SC, questioned the legality of the UGC guidelines today.
He said that though Delhi and Maharashtra had been asked to reply about holding the final-year exams amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, their main concern was the legality of the UGC guidelines.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for UGC asked how the states could cancel the final-year exams and ask UGC to confer degrees when it is the only body to confer degrees.
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