New Delhi: The Apex Court (The Supreme Court of India) on August 10, 2020 (Monday) asked that if the exams cancelled by the State of Maharashtra under the National Disaster Management Act will have a dominant effect on the Guidelines issued by the University Grant Commission, which asked the universities/higher educational institutes to conduct the exams of final-year students by the end of September.
The Supreme Court is hearing on a bunch of petitions filed by groups of parents and students who asked to revoke the decision of the exam to be conducted by the universities/higher educational institutes for the final year students.
The hearing in this matter is done by a three-bench of Justice Committee involving Justices Bhushan, R Subash Reddy and M R Shah. The committee asked this question to the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for UGC and asked if cancelling exams will have an overriding effect on the guidelines and questioned "how can states cancel exams and expect UGC to confer degree" when "UGC is an independent body to confer degrees."
In his appeal, Tushar Mehta referred to the response of States of Maharastra and Delhi, in which both the states communicated their decision to cancel the college exams. SG Tushar Mehta asked the Apex Court some time to file the reply. "Students have to continue preparing for exams. If exams are not conducted, the students will not be granted degrees. That's Law!, " said SG Tushar Mehta.
The hearing has now been adjourned till August 14, 2020.