Chennai: The University Grants Commission has said that it is important to conduct the semester exam for the final year students.
In a counter affidavit filed before the Madras High Court in response to a case by former Anna University Vice Chancellor E Balagurusamy, the UGC stated that it had insisted upon all universities in the country to complete final year or terminal semester examinations alone before 30 September and that the Supreme Court too had ruled in favour of its decision.
The UGC also mentioned that the State government does not have the rights to pass students based on the marks of the previous exams.
It also stated that the Supreme Court had already rejected pleas against the conducting of final semester examinations.
The top court was pronouncing its verdict on the pleas challenging the decision of the UGC asking universities and colleges to conduct final year exams by 30 September amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The verdict was pronounced by a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan.
“State cannot promote students without final year examinations,” the top court asserted. It however allowed changing of exam dates.