Bar Council of India: Intermediate Year Students Have to Sit for Examinations Once the Universities Reopen

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In a Press Release dated 09.06.2020, the Bar Council of India stated to conduct examinations for the final year students in an appropriate manner.

Details of the directions issued

This press release is with regards to the guidelines issued on 27.05.2020. Those were mainly focused conducting Online Examinations for law students. For the final year students of the 3 or 5 year LLB program, the Council allowed online examinations. It laid down that universities may “adopt any other appropriate method”. This alternative could include writing project reports or research papers for each subject. It can also be, to double the internal marks of the exams already conducted for the final year. But, all students have to clear all the subjects to be eligible for the award of the degree.
 
Some of the Final Year students may not have cleared all the papers of the previous year. They will be sitting in the supplementary examinations. Promoted LL.B students of Final Year have to write a project report or appear in online examinations. This examination will be with regard to the pending/supplementary papers. Besides, the Council emphasized maintaining the highest academic standards while conducting exams. Except for the above mentioned, all the other students of various years will move to the next year.
 
The evaluation will happen on the basis of the previous year & internal marks of the current year. The Council said that the students have to sit for examinations. This will happen once the universities reopen. The promotion to the next year is only in consideration of this. The Universities have to follow the COVID-19 protocol after reopening. Social distancing norms and complete sanitizing of campus should be the priority.

Comments on the Press Release

The Council has provided clarity on the examinations for the Final Year LLB students. But, there exists ambiguity about the students of the remaining years. The Council has also mentioned the promotion of intermediate year students. This has to be on the basis of their internal marks.
 
But what if the adequate margin of marks is not met? In that case, will the promotion of students happen? 
 
As directed, examinations can happen only after the Universities reopen. Then, what could be the reason for the “promotion” on the basis of previous years’ & internal marks?

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