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UGC to take action if States cancel the University exams

Lawstreet Journal 14 Jul 2020 7:52pm

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As States cancel final year university examinations in defiance of University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines, both the Centre and the regulatory agency reiterated that the guidelines were legally binding on the States and must be followed. The University Grants Commission has said that states are not permissible to do so, and commission does have the power to take action against them.

“As per the UGC Act, State governments cannot take this decision. Unlike school education, which is on the State list, higher education is on the concurrent list. UGC and AICTE [All India Council for Technical Education] directives have to be implemented. It is there in the Act,” said the Higher Education Secretary Amit Khare, “It is not permissible for States to do like this. UGC does have the power to take action. First, we will try to take States on board”, he added.

UGC reaction has come when Delhi announced the decision to cancel all state-level university examinations on July 11.

Till date states including Punjab, Maharashtra, Odisha, West Bengal have already canceled exams, written to the Centre that they do not wish to conduct the exams. The latest to join the states in canceling university examination in Delhi.

However, UGC earlier directed states to conduct final year examinations by September end in online or offline mode. The regulatory body also asked states to follow revised guidelines on conducting examinations, citing the fear of COVID-19 cases spreading.

On July 13, the UGC had directed that by September-end final year examinations must be conducted in… Continue Reading...

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