UG/PG special exams for final semester/ year students: UGC tells Supreme Court

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has offered to conduct special exams for students who cannot attend final semester/ year UG, PG exams in September 2020.

The UGC informed its decision in Supreme Court on Thursday, July 30, 2020, when the court was hearing a case on petitions seeking cancellation of UG/ PG final year/ semester exams.

The UGC told Supreme Court that it has allowed universities to conduct “special exams when feasible” for students who cannot appear for the final semester/ year exams in September.

The UGC had earlier in its guidelines asked all universities to mandatorily to hold term-end (final year and semester) exams by September-end.

Several state governments, students and parents associations opposed UGC guidelines and demanded cancellation of UG/ PG exams, promote students to next semester and confer degree certificates to final semester/ year students without conducting exam arguing that their lives will be at risk in these severe corona conditions if exams were held.

The UGC told the Supreme Court that the decision of states like Maharashtra and Delhi “to either cancel” exams “for UG/PG students and/or to graduate” them “and confer degrees without appearing for the final year /terminal semester examinations is plainly contrary to the UGC guidelines.”

“All universities or institutions obligated to conduct a terminal semester or final year exam by the end of September 2020”, UGC tells Supreme Court. It added while informing about the special examination to be held as and when feasible for students who can not appear in September.

A group of students, including one COVID-affected student, had filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the directives of the UGC . The students had demanded cancellation of final exams as they claimed it to be against the “right to life”.