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COVID-19: BCI Constitutes High-level Expert Committee To Deliberate On Method Of Evaluation For LL.B. Students

Law students from across the country have addressed a representation to the Bar Council of India (BCI) seeking cancellation of end-term examinations and various other academic reliefs in the wake of the second wave of COVID-19.

By: Surbhi kumari, Amity University, Patna.

The Bar Council of India has constituted a high-level expert committee to decide the method of evaluating Law students in the intermediate semester, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Former Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court, Justice Govind Mathur, will chair the 12-member committee, and the Secretary-General, Association of Indian Universities (AIU) will be the special invitee to the expert committee.

The BCI has decided to form a committee of experts to deliberate on the issue after receiving requests from law students across the country. It said Professor Vandana, Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, had asked the council if it had issued any instructions in this regard. Prof Vandana may be requested to place her views, the council said.

The BCI, however, will not issue any guidelines with regard to holding of examinations, according to reports.

“Bar Council of India’s predominant view this year has been to leave this matter with the respective Universities and enable them to take a decision keeping in view the convenience and the situation, the University and Students are placed in”, the BCI said.

The BCI informed that it had decided not to issue any guideline with regard to holding of examination for intermediate semester or final semester students of Law, in view of the fact that the guidelines issued by it last year were challenged in Courts and some Universities wanted to depart from the guidelines and adopt their own protocol for holding the examination.

“The council was of the view that a high-level committee of noted academicians/vice-chancellors be constituted and requested to deliberate on this issue and suggest a consensual mode for holding examination/evaluation and promotion for intermediate semester Law students should be formulated,” the council said.

However, in view of enquiries pouring in the BCI office, it has decided that a High Level Committee of noted academicians /Vice-Chancellors shall be constituted and requested to deliberate on this issue and suggest a consensual mode for holding examination/evaluation and promotion for intermediate semester Law Students should be formulated.

The Delhi Court has also taken notice of this development and has observed that the Expert Committee would furnish its report within one week to the BCI, whereupon, BCI would take the final decision.

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