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Permitted UGC to conduct exams: Centre


The Centre on Thursday submitted to the Supreme Court that it has permitted the University Grants Commission (UGC) to conduct examinations. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said permission has been granted keeping in mind the academic interest of students.

Pursuant to the requests made by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), directions have been issued under NDMA to conduct the exams, MHA submitted.

The Centre’s submission came in response to a batch of petitions seeking cancellation of university exams in September amid the coronavirus pandemic and flood situation in various states. The Supreme Court had on July 31 sought response of MHA in the matter.

Exams will be conducted, says UGC

The UGC has earlier submitted before the apex court that people should not be under the impression that since the matter is being examined by the court, the exams will be stayed.

Appearing for the Union government, solicitor general Tushar Mehta had submitted that they are only concerned with final year exams. He added that out of over 800 universities in the country, 209 have completed the examinations.

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He had said that around 390 universities are in the process of conducting the examinations.

“Let nobody remain under the impression that since this court is examining this, it will be stayed. Let students continue with their studies,” Mehta had said.

UGC questions Delhi, Maharashtra’s decision

The University Grants Commission (UGC) on August 10 questioned the decision of the Delhi and Maharashtra governments to cancel the final year exams of state universities amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The UGC had contended before the Supreme Court that the action of the state governments was in contravention of rules.

The apex court was hearing a batch of pleas that have challenged the July 6 directive of the UGC. The commission in its directive has asked all universities and colleges to conduct final year examinations by September 30.

The commission’s decision has miffed many students and parents who are concerned about safety amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


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