The Delhi University has agreed before the Delhi High Court to declare the results within 3 days of law students who were allowed to sit for their semester exams on court orders despite shortage of attendance. The undertaking is applicable only for all those students who had approached the court.
The university also consented that those students who have failed in the exams would be given one more opportunity to appear in the forthcoming supplementary exams and their results would be declared thereafter.
The students who approached the high court met justice.The court was hearing the appeals of Delhi University against the single judge asking the law faculty members to conduct at least 139 hours of extra classes or tutorials for those students who are desirous to attend the lectures to make up for attendance shortage.
Regarding the interpretation of Rule 10 (on 30 hours of classes each week) of Bar Council of India Rules and other legal principles canvassed in the appeals, the bench said it would consider and decide the appeals after hearing the parties.
It however made it clear that this order shall not be treated as a precedent and it has been passed in the peculiar facts.
The bench mentioned no further petitions or any other grievance on this issue would be entertained either by the university or the court.The court listed the matter for further hearing on November 15.
The single judge had come down heavily on DU for illegally detaining around 500 students for lack of attendance and ordered holding of supplementary exams, saying it was a failure of the law faculty.
In its appeal, the varsity has contended that the single judge in the July 6 order had ignored the fact that all the three law centres had completed the course within the total number of lectures held.
The university has contended in the appeal that the single judge had over-stressed the rule that 450 class hours have to be conducted irrespective of the fact that the syllabus for all the subjects for the respective semesters was already completed.
The single judge, while granting relief to law students, had said the shortfall of attendance was caused due to “failure of faculty of law to conduct minimum classes as prescribed under the Bar Council of India rules”.
The court had passed directions and directed law faculty members to conduct eight weeks, at least 139 hours of extra classes/tutorials for students who are desirous to attend lectures to make up for the shortage of attendance.