The University Grants Commission (UGC) has informed the Top Court that it has already finalized Guidelines for admissions during the present academic year, keeping in mind the delay in conducting the Class XII Compartment Examination by CBSE.
In a counter affidavit filed through Advocate Appor Kurup, it is intimated that the 'Guidelines on Academic Calendar for the First Year of Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate Students of the Universities, for the Session 2020-21 in View of COVID-19 Pandemic' have duly taken into account the delay in conducting the CBSE compartment examinations due to the ongoing pandemic and have therefore provided "ample time" for the release of the results of the said examinations.
The last date for completing the University admissions process is October 31 and the last date for admissions to fill up remaining vacant seats shall be November 30, 2020. Further, the Guidelines contemplate provisional admissions wherever necessary (with the relevant documents of the qualifying examinations being accepted upto 31.12.2020)
The affidavit was filed after the Supreme Court directed both, the UGC as well as the CBSE, to work in tandem and coordinate on the date of declaration of the results and cut-off date for admissions to universities respectively so that students taking compartment examinations till September 29 can avail admissions in universities.
UGC informed the Top Court that before this order could be communicated to its Secretary on the same day, he had already signed the said Guidelines. It submitted,
"That, as such, the UGC Guidelines on Academic Calendar were issued at approximately 10:45 am on 22.09.2020 (after being approved in the emergent meeting of the Commission held on 21.09.2020).
That, however, in the meanwhile, in deference to the observation of this Hon'ble Court in the present proceedings of 22.09.2020, no further action was taken and the UGC decided to withhold the process of uploading the Guidelines on the UGC's website. This decision was therefore most humbly taken in deference to the observations of this Hon'ble Court in the instant matter..."
The matter shall be heard today by a bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar & Sanjiv Khanna.