States can’t grant a degree without exams, UGC tells Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its order on petitions challenging the University Grants Commission’s direction to universities to hold final year examinations by September.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan that “I don’t wish to make this a Centre vs State issue, both are superior in their capacity under the Disaster Management Act”.

Mehta added he will not go into the political allegations raised by some petitioners. He said states can approach the Centre for the postpone of the examination for specific reasons, but states cannot say they will grant degrees without holding exams.

The concern of students was kept in mind while making the judgment to hold examinations for the final year, as they would need the degree for higher education, he stated.

The Supreme court, however, said the guidelines of UGC say all health-related guidelines have to be followed strictly. “You cannot say that they have not considered public health; the guidelines mention it,” the bench examined.