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UGC states deferring of exams will affect standards of higher education

The University Grants Commission in a statement to the Bombay High Court said that the decision to cancel the final-year examinations will affect the standards of higher education in this country.

UGC states deferring of exams will affect standards of higher education
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The University Grants Commission (UGC) in a statement to the Bombay High Court said that the decision to cancel the final-year examinations will affect the standards of higher education in this country.

This was in response to the PIL that challenged the state’s June 19 decision to confer degrees to over 10 lakh undergraduate and post-graduate students of traditional and professional courses by giving average marks based on past performances or to postpone the examinations.

Furthermore, the UGC stated that by taking such a decision under the Disaster Management Act it could not override statutory provisions of another special act, which is the UGC act, making it irrelevant adding that according to the revised guidelines, the UGC has given adequate time till September by following protocols and guidelines to conduct the examinations in an online, offline or a mode that is a blend of both. The new UGC guidelines were issued so that the colleges, universities and other higher education institutes can conduct their final semester exams in the midst of the current pandemic.

Meanwhile, on July 24, media reports stated that universities across the country were approached by UGC to confirm the status with regards to the examinations. UGC received a response from 818 universities in India. Out of the 818 universities, there are 121 deemed universities, 291 private universities, 51 central universities and 355 state universities. Talking about the examinations, the report added that out of these 818 universities in India, 603 universities have either conducted the examination or are planning to conduct them.

On the other hand, in Maharashtra, Aaditya Thackeray, Shiv Sena MLA had moved the Supreme Court on July 18, against the decision of the Centre to hold final year exams for colleges and universities in September. The petition has been filed by the Yuva Sena, which is the youth wing of the ruling Shiv Sena and is led by Aaditya Thackeray.


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