UGC Exam Guidelines 2020: The Supreme Court today upheld UGC’s decision and said that universities can’t promote students without conducting final-year exams. The court also said that states under the Disaster management Act can postpone exams in view of pandemic and can consult the UGC to fix dates. Also Read - CBSE Results 2020: Class 12 Compartment Exam Results to Be Declared by October 10

“States are required to hold final year exams as per UGC guidelines and for any exemption they will have to seek permission,” the top court said, announcing the verdict. “States, which are not inclined to hold final year exams by September 30, will have to make representation to UGC,” it added. Also Read - No Coercive Action Against Facebook Chief in Delhi Riots Case Till Oct 15: Supreme Court to Delhi Assembly

The state governments of Maharashtra, Delhi, West Bengal and Odisha had moved the Supreme Court last week, urging it to cancel or postpone the final-year exams as conducting them during the ongoing pandemic can expose students to Coronavirus. Also Read - Provide Food & Monetary Support Urgently to Starving 1.2 Lakh Sex Workers: SC Directs States

Notably, students have been protesting against the UGC for allowing universities and colleges to hold final-year exams amid the ongoing COVID pandemic. They have maintained that the pandemic has already created lot of emotional and financial stress, apart from risks of being exposed to the virus if exams are held. Students want that these exams get cancelled or held once the situation goes back to normal.

University Grants Commission had asked all universities and colleges to conduct their final year examinations before September 30 as any more delay will result in the loss of an academic year. The exams could be conducted online, offline or both. Those who won’t be able to appear in the examination because of COVID or other difficulties, as states like Bihar and Assam are reeling under severe flood impacts, will be allowed to take the examinations later.