The Delhi High Court recently specified that DU can’t expect its students to have a minimum of 70% attendance if it hasn’t taken classes for the entire period specified for a course, according to The Times Of India.
“You cannot say students have to have 70% minimum attendance while you teach only 40% of the prescribed study period, ” a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan was quoted telling DU.
This happened when the High Court was hearing the plea of Abhishek Singh, a law student at DU. Abhishek’s plea stated that he was suspected of suffering from typhoid and possibly tuberculosis as well. His legal representative went on to say that the University did not consider Abhishek’s illness and instead warned him that his name would be struck off the rolls because of his low attendance. He was ultimately not allowed to appear for his exams.
The bench further emphasised the need for a mechanism to help students like Abhishek- who has been battling an illness, which has no definite diagnosis, since March 2017.
According to TOI, the bench also sent notices to the Centre, Bar Council and Delhi University asking for their stance on the student’s plea in consideration of his low attendance and permission to appear for the semester exam.
It told DU to confirm when the semester began and when exams were conducted. It instructed Abhishek’s lawyer to ascertain what minimum period was prescribed for an LLB course in DU and whether the course was being taught following that.
Abhishek’s plea had earlier been rejected by a single judge bench which had stated that the requirement of minimum attendance by the professional course cannot be negotiated.
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