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Supreme Court asks CBSE, UGC to take a joint decision on results and admissions

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has asked the CBSE and the UGC to take a joint decision on the declaration of results and admissions, while hearing a plea seeking extension of college admission deadlines due to the delayed compartment exams for Classes X and XII.

Around 2 lakh students are appearing in the exams starting today. The exams conclude on September 29.

The UGC informed the court that the cut-off date for admission in colleges is October-end and if the CBSE declares results of compartment exam before that date then students will be able to take admission.

Don’t meddle with CBSE

A bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar was hearing the plea seeking extension of College admission deadlines since CBSE holding compartment examination in the last week of September.

The lead petitioner has impleaded the University Grants Commission in the case as the court had observed that the UGC would be fit to decide how college admission deadlines can be extended, if at all. 

Assistant Solicitor General Rupinder Singh Suri appeared for the Union of India. 

Senior Advocate Vivek Tankha (appearing for a student) said the compartment exams start today. “I was asked to serve a copy to the Centre for a solution. If students don’t get admissions, then what is the use of exams?”

Justice Khanwilkar said “exams are on, you have to appear.” 

Tankha said that once the compartment exams are over admissions should be quickly declared so that admissions can take place. He said that the

UGC should accommodate the compartment students in the academic calendar.

Justice Khanna said: “You had said the admission process is over, but that’s not correct.”

He replied: “Yes they have reopened. Since 2 lakh students are appearing in compartment exams, they should be benefited.”

Justice Khanwilkar asked the UGC counsel: “What is the cut-off date for admissions?”

Advocate Kurup, appearing for the UGC, said it mostly in end-October.

The bench said it can direct the CBSE to declare results before that, since the careers of 2 lakh students depends on it. That is not a small number, observed the bench.

The court told the UGC:

“Don’t release the academic calendar till Thursday. Let CBSE inform us and then you both coordinate. 2 lakh students is not a small number and we have to work out a solution in this exceptional year. You need to work in tandem with CBSE.”

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The case will again be taken up on September 24. The CBSE and the UGC is to take a joint decision on declaration of results and admissions.

-India Legal Bureau

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