The DU law students of the Law Faculty of Delhi University are concerned because of the new academic calendar of the University. The students are worried that they might be required to appear for two exams now, within the span of a month. During the novel coronavirus-induced lockdown, the university had promoted the DU law students without examinations. The Bar Council of India has said that these exams are necessary for the students whenever their session begins in the offline mode.
Exams for all the students of the second and third year will be conducted on December 12, according to the new academic calendar. This has worried the law students since the gap between the previous semester exams and the next semester exams will be very less and they will not be able to prepare well for these exams.
Vaibhav Yadav, a third-year student, said that there is no clarity if the colleges will be opening physically after October 15 according to the notification issued by the Government of India regarding Unlock 5.0. Their exams will be starting from December 12, as per the Delhi University academic calendar. Within a short period of time, these students will have to appear in two exams, if the physical classes start in November.
These students said that Delhi University had allowed the first, and second-year students to be promoted during the peak of the pandemic, based on their past academic records. DU had conducted an online open-book exam for the third-year students.
Yadav said that the BCI, in the press release of June 9, had said that exams are a must even if the students have already been promoted.
The BCI had said that all the students, except the final-year students, will be promoted based on their performance of the previous year and marks obtained in the internal assessment. It also cleared, however, that once the colleges/universities re-open, the end semester examination shall be conducted by the universities with respect to the year from which they have been promoted. The students are required to clear the exams with respect to the year from which they have been promoted. These exams will have to be conducted within a reasonable period of time, although those promoted students will continue to study in the same year to which they have been promoted.
The students are also required to clear any such paper before they are granted the degree. Students who have been promoted to the final year as LLB students will have to pass all the papers in order to obtain their degrees.
Shivank Trivedi, Vice-President of the Law Faculty said that many students were worried that if the colleges reopen in November, they will have to appear for two exams within a very short period of time. There are some students who are thinking of filing a petition on this.
Vandana, Dean (Law faculty) said that students should not worry. The government will decide on the restarting of the classes. The Bar Council of India has not said that the exams should be conducted as soon as the college begins. The administration will make sure that the students are not troubled in any way.