The High Court issued notice against the Bar Council of India and Faculty of Law, as students approached the court with a petition regarding examinations.
The Delhi High Court issued a notice against the Bar Council of India and the Faculty of Law of the University of Delhi as students filed a petition against the varsity’s decision regarding conducting of offline exams for students of intermediate semesters. The BCI along with the department had decided to avoid any other assessment mechanism and opted for an offline mode post withdrawal of restrictions allied with the pandemic.
The end semester examinations which were to be held during the May-June period had been postponed until further notice regarding the opening of institutions. The students, as of now, have been already promoted to the next year. Now posing unprecedented academic crisis, the department had made a move towards the belated examinations.
The petitioners were a group of final year law students from the university. They had expressed their plight through the petition which stated that the situation had posed a long term question regarding their bleak academic year. It pointed out the fact that taking this stand is going against the UGC guidelines which had clearly advised all universities to assess students on the basis of their internal assessments and previous semester results. This makes the decision by the authorities unfair, contradictory to the best of students’ situation and inconsiderate of the hurdles that pandemic has brought on them.
In addition, since reopening of colleges is uncharted, examinations have now been postponed indefinitely, thereby risking the future prospects of the students. Any student, who has a backlog, would now have to appear for 3 examinations at a time, which only adds to hardships.
The petitioners had presented the outcomes of an independent survey conducted among the students in which 215 had taken part. The survey results projected that 97% of them opposed the idea of conducting examinations when the college reopened. The alternate methods of evaluation suggested where internal assessment and online open book examinations.
The notice issued to the Faculty of Law, Bar Council of India and University Grants Commission by the single judge bench of Justice Jayant Nath is scheduled for hearing on December 14th, when Advocate Shreya Sharma would appear for the petitioners.
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