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Hearing in UGC guidelines and final year examinations in Supreme Court tomorrow

There will be a hearing in the Supreme Court tomorrow (27 July 2020) regarding the University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines and final year examinations. Keeping the corona virus epidemic in mind, Justice Ashok Bhushan’s bench will hear the case on Monday.

Around 31 students from various universities across the country have petitioned the Supreme Court seeking cancellation of the revised guidelines issued by the UGC on 6 July. The UGC in its revised guidelines has asked all the universities of the country to conduct final year exams before 30 September.

The students have demanded in their petition that the final year examinations should be canceled and the result of the students should be released on the basis of their past performance.

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Students from 13 states and one union territory had filed a petition demanding cancellation of the examinations. The students also demanded that the students’ mark sheet be released before 31 July.

Among the 31 petitioners, one student, Corona Potive, has pleaded through the court to direct the UGC to follow the CBSE model and pass the students on the basis of their internal assessment without exams.

On this matter, the UGC has said that many universities have known the final status of examinations from them. The UGC has received responses from 818 universities of which 603 universities have either conducted examinations or are planning to conduct examinations. Of these, 209 universities have conducted examinations, while 394 universities are considering conducting online or offline examinations.

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