The Supreme Court has ruled that the states cannot promote students without holding final year examinations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pronouncing the judgement that was reserved on August 18 between Maharashtra and the university Grants Commission (UGC), the 3-member bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subash Reddy and MR Shah, however, gave states the discretion to approach the UGC for an extension of the deadline by which final year exams should be completed. The Bench also stated that the decision of Maharashtra to cancel exams under the Disaster Management Act due to Covid shall prevail.
It may be recalled, the UGC has instructed all states to complete the conduct examinations amid the COVID-19 pandemic before September 31st while following the Standard Operating Procedure. This has prompted not just students, but also teachers’ associations and youth wings of political parties to approach the Supreme Court.