Final year exams mandatory for degrees, states can postpone in view of COVID-19 pandemic: Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court in its verdict on Friday upheld the July 6 circular of the University Grants Commission (UGC) to hold university and colleges final year exams.

The verdict was pronounced by the three-member bench of Justice Ashok Bhushan, Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice MR Shah.

The UGC had told the supreme court that it’s July 6 circular asking colleges and universities to conduct final year exams by September 30 is not a diktat. UGC also informed the apex court that states cannot decide to confer degrees without holding the final year examinations.

Supreme Court in its verdict told states to hold examinations to promote students. The court also said that under the Disaster Management Act in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, states can postpone the examinations after consulting UGC and can decide on fresh dates.