Due to COVID-19 lockdown disruption, Bar Council of India on Tuesday issued several guidelines to law schools & universities to promote students, except those in final year, on basis of previous year’s marks or current year’s internal examination.
The Bar Council of India (BCI) has issued fresh guidelines for the promotion of law students to the next year and the criteria for law exams amid the corona virus crisis.
“Final year students of 3 Years LL.B and 5 Years LL.B courses may be allowed to appear for online examinations.”, BCI said in a press release.
“For Final year LL.B students as mentioned above, the Universities may adopt any other appropriate method which they feel is adequate to satisfy the requirements of regular examination. Under this system the University may allow students to write a project report/research paper for each paper of final year or they may adopt a full proof method to double the internal marks of the semester exams already held for such year.”, said the lawyers” body.
“However, it is clarified that after reopening of the colleges/Universities, the Universities shall conduct the end semester examination with respect to the year from which they have been promoted, within a reasonable period of time, though, such promoted students shall continue to study in the year to which they have been promoted, and in case, they are unable to pass/clear any such paper of such end semester exam of the year from which they have been promoted, they shall have to clear the same, before they are granted the degree. In the case of students who have been promoted to the final year as LL.B students, they shall have to pass all papers in order to obtain their degree/s.”, BCI further said.
The BCI insisted that the universities must adhere to Covid-19 protocol and ensure that the norm of social distancing is followed in the campus and all classrooms and examination halls are properly sanitised from time to time. “The safety and health of the students should not be compromised at any cost. Universities are instructed to maintain the highest academic standards while conducting the examinations,” the press release said.