UGC Guidelines Approved by the Supreme Court

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On July 6, 2020, the Universities Grants Commission (UGC) issued guidelines to hold final semester exams by September 30 with an objective to have a uniform academic calendar to be followed by all Universities. On Aug 28, 2020, the Supreme Court approved the guidelines and have also shown its concern for the safety and health of Students. Due to novel coronavirus, people are not in a hurry, they are even getting ample amounts of time for their personal and professional growth. People are working online, even classes have been started in schools and colleges or looking for job opportunities but they need a degree to take a further step. It clearly depicts the need to have a uniform exam for final year students. Apart from this, UGC has the power to coordinate and determine standards in institutions of higher education under Section 12 of the UGC Act

 

UGC Act has been enacted under Entry 66 of List I of the Constitution of India. The Supreme Court observed that exemption provided to students of the intermediary semesters is not arbitrary or discriminatory. It has been done to protect students and not with an objective to violate the Right to life and health of Final year students. Every person has been given Right to life and personal liberty guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution of India but reasonable restrictions can apply. The action has been taken due to the prevailing situation of Covid-19 and to safeguard the future of final year students. The Supreme Court has been liberal and concerned for students delivering judgment. They also granted liberty to State/ Union Territories to determine whether it would be possible for them to conduct examinations by 30.08.2020. They can write applications for extension of time and UGC will consider such matters. They will also reschedule exam dates in such State/Union Territories.

 

 

 

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