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UGC final exam hearing highlights: SC reserves order, counsels get three days to make submissions

The Supreme Court (SC) has reserved its order in the students’ plea against against University Grants Commission’s decision to make final-year exams compulsory. This plea is against UGC’s July 7 decision asking institutes to conduct final year exams by September 30.

SC has asked all the parties to give a note on their submissions within the next three days. The hearing has concluded.

A Supreme Court Bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan is hearing the matter. During the hearing, Justice Bhushan questioned whether the final semester examinations can be skipped by students.

“If there is a direction of UGC, the university cannot dilute it. If one university dilutes it, every other university will act in the same manner,” said Justice Bhushan.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for UGC said that many universities have conducted their examinations already. He added that while the universities can ask for an extension of the September 30 deadline, these entities do not have the right to confer degrees without conducting examinations.

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