On Tuesday, in a press release, Bar Council of India has announced guidelines for online and offline mode of examination for all centers of Legal Education (CLE) in continuation with the previously stated guidelines on 27th May.
Due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the country, all the important exams have been put on halt or postponed. Lockdown has been eased in the country and the authorities started planning the schedule for various examinations.
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Students across the country demanded cancellation of exams because COVID 19 is still active and social distancing is the only solution.
The students pursuing legal courses in the country also demanded the same. The Council looked into the matter and announced the dismissal of exams. However, last year students might have to appear for the exams.
The guidelines issued by the Bar Council of India for all centers of legal examination, on 9 June, for conduction of online exams.
The major points under issued guidelines are-
- All the final year students of 3 years LLB and 5 years LLB might have to give an online mode of examinations.
- In the case of final year students, the University is free to choose any method which they think is a perfect alternative to satisfy the requirements of the formal examination.
Under this method, the institute can go for the option of assigning different projects/ schemes/ research paper for every paper of last semester or they can also click for doubling the internal assessment marks of this semester, held for this session.
- If a final year student who has not passed all the examination of the prior semester and is needed to give a supplementary paper, but have promoted to the next class, these students will be given a project work or sit for the online exam so that they could also be given a pass certificate within the due time.
- Excluding last year’s students, the rest of the students will be granted the promotion, on the basis of their gained internal assessment scores of the recent semester. But as soon as the colleges reopen, the Universities shall definitely administer the end semester examination according to the year from which they have been promoted, within an adequate period of time, though, such promoted pupils shall proceed with the studies in the year to which they have been promoted, and if, they are inefficient to pass/clear any such paper of such end term exam of the year from which they have been granted promotion, they shall have to clear the similar, before they are facilitated with the degree. In the case of learners who have been promoted to the last year as LL.B students, they shall have to clear all the related exams in order to get their degree/s.
- Universities must clasp to Covid-19 norms and assure that the standards of social distancing are obeyed in the campus and all classrooms and inspection halls are properly contaminated and sanitized regularly. The protection and health of the pupils should not be risked at any expense.
- Universities are notified to retain the highest academic criteria while performing the examinations.
The guideline is issued by Srimanto Sen, Secretary, Bar Council of India and the above rules are mandatory to follow.