New Delhi, September 24

Ending uncertainty over future of students appearing in Class 12 compartmental examinations, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday told the Supreme Court that it will declare the results by October 10, giving enough time to them to apply for college admissions.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) — which was earlier restrained from releasing it’s academic calendar — informed a Bench led by Justice AM Khanwilkar that the process for admission to first year in Bachelor Courses will end by October 31.

The UGC — which regulates higher education in India — said students will get enough time to apply for college admissions after the results of Class 12 Compartmental Examinations are declared by CBSE on or before October 10.

In view of the submissions made by the CBSE and the UGC, the top court disposed of the matter.

As around two lakh students appearing for compartmental examinations stared at the grim possibility of losing an academic year, the Supreme Court had on Tuesday asked the CBSE to declare the results at the earliest to avert such an eventuality.

It had also directed the UGC not to release the academic calendar 2020-21 till September 24.

Maintaining that the both the CBSE and the UGC needed to work in tandem, the Bench had asked them to inform it about the results and the cut-off date for admission.

Referring to COVID19, the court had said there was a peculiar situation. “You (UGC) can make some room for these students? This is an exceptional year and you have to make some room. Academic career of two lakh students can’t be hampered. If the CBSE declares results by the end of October, then you can wrap up admissions by the first week of November,” it had said on Tuesday.

The CBSE’s compartmental examinations would end on September 29.

The CBSE counsel had earlier told the court that the answer scripts would be checked at 16 regional centres and it would take three-four weeks to declare the results.

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