The Supreme Court has postponed the hearing of the UGC case challenging the guidelines mandating to conduct the final year examination till August 14.
The Supreme Court was hearing the challenge to the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) July 6 guidelines mandating the conduct of final year/ terminal semester university exams amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision was expected to be out today but the apex court has now sought clarification if the Disaster Management Act can override the UGC’s notification.
UGC has been granted time to file a reply on the affidavits to Delhi and Maharashtra governments. The governments of Delhi and Maharashtra have filed an affidavit in the apex court that they will not be conducting examinations due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for University Grants Commission said that it is the only body that can prescribe rules for conferring a degree, states cannot change rules and it is not in the interest of students to not have exams.
On July 31, SC had adjourned the matter pertaining to the plea against the University Grants Commission (UGC) decision on mandatorily conducting final year examinations till August 10.