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Devbrat Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: The future of students undertaking the Under Graduate (UG) and Post Graduate (PG) courses in Odisha still hangs in balance as the State government now is waiting for Supreme Court's directive with regard to proposed cancellation of the exams. The government had earlier appealed the Centre to not make the exams mandatory in view of the critical situation post rise in COVID-19 cases.

Speaking to media today, Higher Education Minister Arun Sahoo said, "The hearing on the case relating to cancellation of final term UG and PG examinations is over. As sought by the Apex Court, several states had submitted written pleas against the UGC guidelines stating that the situation is not conducive to conduct the exams. Our next decision will be based on SC ruling, whichever way it goes."

Two weeks back, Odisha Government had appeared in the Supreme Court in connection with the case expecting that it will uphold the decision of the State Government to cancel final term examinations. Hearing the case on August 18, the Court had reportedly reserved its judgment.

It is pertinent to mention here that the UGC had issued directions on the conduct of Final semester examinations to all the states. As per the UGC statement, out of the 945 Universities across India, 755 have put forth their views on the examination. While 194 Universities have already conducted the final semester examination either through online or offline format, 366 Universities have plans afoot to do so. However, Odisha, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Delhi, Rajasthan and Punjab are few states which had written to reconsider the decision to conduct examinations during the pandemic.

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