Today, the Supreme Court is likely to bring an end to the lengthy debate on the final exams to be held around the country. The petition filed is to be heard in the supreme court by a group of students, including a positive COVID student, seeking the cancelation of the final exams, as they say, they are against the ‘right to life’. Nonetheless, according to the amended UGC guidelines, universities will hold the term-end exams by the end of September. Of the 755 universities across India, 366 are expected to conduct exams in August or September, as per the UG.
University Grants Commission (UGC) has released its new guidelines making it compulsory to perform final year exams, however, the decision has been highly criticized. Although students and academics across India have been demanding mass promotion on the basis of internal appraisal, UGC has maintained its position.
While addressing the Bombay High court, the UGC had said, “The decision to cancel final year exams would directly affect the standards of higher education in India.”