Bar Council of India constitutes High Expert Committee to decide the method of evaluation/examination for LL.B. Students

The students of several Centers of Legal Education including 273 Students of Faculty of Law, Delhi University had sent Emails, with the request that the LL.B intermediate  semester  examination /evaluation  and promotion should  be held as per UGC Guideline  through a composite  scheme i.e. 50%  marks from the internal assessment  and 50% marks  for previous performance.  They have also given a reference of the Karnataka High Court Judgment in Writ Petition No.14389/2020 titled as Ritvik Balanagraj B. Vs. Bar Council of India whereby  by  virtue  of  an order dated 08.02.2021, the notification dated 01.11.2020 issued by Bar Council of India regarding conduct of intermediate semester examination  was set-aside  on the ground of UGC guidelines/ circular as mentioned above.

Further an email dated 27.05.2021 was sent by Prof. (Dr.) Vandana, Dean, Faculty of Law, Delhi University to Dar Council of  India informing that  DU   has announced exam for UG and other streams, which are going to commence from 07.06.2021.  She has particularly referred to the planned examination for LL.B. (All Years) which IS tO commence on 10.06.2021 in OBE blended mode.

Prof. (Dr.) Vandana has Stated consult with the Bar Council of that the Delhi University has required her to India regarding any specific instructions  to be followed in this regard. She has specifically asked if any general instructions have been issued by the Bar Council of India or are in the pipeline for the Law Departments in the Central Universities.

However, it is trite to mention that this year Bar Council India 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 the Bar Council of India last year were  challenged in Courts and  some  Universities  wanted  to  depart  from  the guidelines   and   adopt   their   own   protocol   for  holding the  examination.  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.

However, in view of enquiries pouring in the office of Bar  Council of  India like the above letters particularly, the one sent by Prof. (Dr.) Vandana inquiring about guidelines, k any, issued by the regulator i.e. Bar Council of India wit regard to LL.B. examination, the Council  was  of  the view  fat  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 has accordingly resolved to constitute a 12 member expert committee to be chaired by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Govind Malur, former Chief Justice, Allahabad High Court, Convener of the Expert Committee.

Prof. (Dr.) Vandana, Dean, Faculty of Law, Delhi University may also be requested to place her views. The Secretary General, Association of India Universities will be the special Invitee to the Expert Committee.

It is also pertinent to mention that a Writ Petition (C) bearing No.5664/2021 titled as Somaya Gupta Vs. Faculty of Law, Delhi University  & Ors.  filed  by the final year students of LL.B., regarding the same issue was  listed  for hearing before the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi on 01.06.2021, wherein it came to light  that  vide  a  circular  dated 31.05.2021, DU  have rescheduled LL.B degree exams to be held with effect from 14.06.2021 and the Hon’ble High Cowt recorded the submission of BCI, that it had constituted an Expert Committee  to deliberate on the  issue. The Hon’ble Court has taken notice of the  submission of BCI and has observed that the Expert Committee would furnish it’s report within one week to the BCI regarding the issue of examination/evaluation and promotion of intermediate LL.B students , whereupon, BCI would take the final decision. The Bar Council of India will circulate the same to all the  Centers of Legal Education, and will place the decision/opinion before Delhi High Court on the next date of hearing.

Download Press release dated 02nd June 2021 of BCI

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