New Delhi: Final year students who were supposed to appear for their exams in colleges and higher education institutions has been left hanging since March due to coronavirus outbreak. On Friday, UGC warned students that they must not think the exams will be postponed again because of the ongoing Supreme Court hearing. 

“Students should continue to prepare for the examinations. Students should not be under the impression that examinations will be stayed because of the Supreme Court hearing,” the UGC (University Grants Commission), which is charged with coordination, determination and maintenance of standards of higher education, said in court. 

“Optional exams are problematic. If someone cannot appear and is given a later option it will create chaos,” he said, to which the court said: “But it is for the benefit of students”. 

“By Monday we will (but) nobody should be under the impression that they cannot prepare. Students should prepare for the exam,” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said. 

The UGC, which has been criticized for holding final-year exams despite a worrying surge in coronavirus cases across the country, said yesterday that its decision “was not arbitrary and call by some states for cancellation will impact standards”. 

A special chance will be given to those unable to appear for the exams, the UGC added.