Law students of Amity University, Chhattisgarh have moved the Chattisgarh High Court against the BCI Guidelines For Mandatory Semester Exams after college reopening.
It has been contended in the petition against BCI Guidelines For Mandatory Semester Exams that they were given general promotion by the university but results for the same were not declared. The university stated that according to the guidelines of BCI, exams of last semester would be conducted once the college reopens.
The petitioners Siddhant Das, Rajat Anand , Srijan Verma and Rajdeep Kaur have moved the High Court of Chhattisgarh and have filed a petition against the guidelines of BCI, UGC and Amity University Chhattisgarh.
The petitioners contend that conducting exams for previous semester after promoting students to the next semester is arbitrary and unreasonable. It has been averred that It would be highly difficult for the students to cope with academic pressure if this arrangement is implemented.
The petitioners are represented by Adv Abhishek sinha and Adv Vivek Verma of CJSC.
The students contended that despite of UGC’s decision to promote all students on the basis of previous performance, the BCI guidelines For Mandatory Semester Exams After Reopening Of Colleges are unjust. They will be represented by Advocate Abhishek Sinha and Vivek Verma.
The Petitioners have entered the seventh semester of their 5-yrs integrated law course on the basis of the University’s “Promotion to Next Semester of Non Final Year Students” policy dated May 26, 2020.
Contentions in the Plea against BCI guidelines For Mandatory Semester Exams After Reopening Of Colleges
It is contended that the decision dated May 27, 2020 of the Bar Council of India, requiring all the law Universities to conduct examination for all the students who have been granted promotion in the affected semester, is “extremely harsh”.
It is submitted contending BCI guidelines For Mandatory Semester Exams After Reopening Of Colleges,
“The very existence and purpose behind education system and also conduct of examination is in the interest of students, who are the future of the country. The interest of students should thus be central & paramount to all decision making process and any decision, policy or otherwise, which runs contrary to the interest, well-being, health, safety and life of students, is liable to be struck down for that reason alone.“
The Petitioners have informed the Court that the University has already declared the Academic Calendar for the year 2020-2021 in which a packed schedule for various Curricular and Co-curricular activities are scheduled, and there is no scope of any further examination to be held.
It has further been submitted that students pursuing other professional courses have all been granted promotion and have been exempted from facing any examination after being promoted. However, only the Law students have been “singled out”.
This is alleged to be a gross violation of their rights under Article 14 of the Constitution.
It is submitted that as per case of BCI guidelines For Mandatory Semester Exams After Reopening Of Colleges, once a criteria/yardstick for promotion to the next semester has already been created on the basis of previous academic year assessment and current year evaluation and promotion already been granted to the students, any decision to take examination would amount to “deviation” from the set criteria of evaluation and assessment for which promotion to the next semester has already been granted.
The Petitioners seek a direction upon the BCI to take a compassionate view and not compel students to appear for semester end examination.