Universities, colleges can be opened to conduct final year exams, MHA tells SC

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The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has informed the Supreme Court that it has allowed the limited opening of educational institutions across the country for conducting the final year examinations as ordered by the UGC, i.e. University Grants Commission (UGC) on July 6.

In an official notice by the UGC, colleges/Universities were to conduct the examination before September 30, 2020. UGC has asked to conduct the examinations either through online, offline or blending both means.

Several petitions have been filed in the apex court challenging the UGC guidelines.

An affidavit by MHA

The MHA has informed the SC in an affidavit that the decision to permit educational institutes to open during Unlock 3.0 has been taken after considering the academic interest of a large number of students.

The affidavit said, “Taking into consideration the academic interest of a large number of students, it was decided to grant the exemption for the opening of educational institutions for the purposes of holding examinations/evaluation work for Final Term Examinations of the Universities / Institutions.”

The apex court is expected to take up the matter on Friday.