No state or university can cancel final year examinations: UGC
New Delhi : University Grants Commission (UGC) has told the Bombay High Court that no state has authority to cancel the examinations of final year students; the universities are obligated to conduct the examinations before September 30, 2020.
The affidavit has been filed by the commission in response to a petition filed by Dhananjay Kulkarni, a retired teacher and former university senate member from Pune.
UGC in its affidavit said the epidemic disease act cannot be used to negate the “statutory provisions of another special Act such as The University Grants Commissioner Act nugatory”, reports NDTV. The affidavit added that the state government’s decision “to defer the final year examinations or to graduate students without holding exams would directly affect the standards of higher education in the country.”
Earlier, in two separate notifications, the UGC has asked the universities to conduct the examinations for the final year students. They had been given a liberty of conducting the examination in either online or offline mode.
Contrary to the recommendations, the state of Maharashtra under the Epidemic Diseases Act and Disaster Management Act cancelled all the university and college exams in the state. Several other states have taken similar measures including Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana amid the rising COVID-19 cases.
Kulkarni had challenged the Maharashtra state government’s decision to cancel the exam for final year students of both professional and non-professional courses.
The matter will be next heard on July 31.