Students were to told pay Rs 500 by October 25, the examination would be of 50 marks and would combine all the concerned semester subjects
After authorities at a Mumbra law college announced that students with less than 70 per cent attendance had to sit for an eligibility test in order to be able to appear for their semester exams, students have written to Mumbai University, protesting the move.
Last week, authorities at MS College of Law, Kausa posted a circular instructing all students with less than 70 per cent attendance to appear for a compulsory eligibility test. The notice told the students to pay Rs 500 as examination fees and warned that students who failed to attend the test would not be eligible to sit for their semester exams.
As per the circular, the examination was scheduled for October 29, when most colleges have a Diwali holiday. “What is the need to have such an exam in the middle of Diwali vacations?” asked another student.
Students have decried this move, calling it unfair. “This doesn’t happen in any other college. How can it be made compulsory? If a student doesn’t have the attendance necessary to sit for the exam, the college should either blacklist them or give them an opportunity to improve. This seems like just another way to extract money from students,” said one student on the condition of anonymity.
Satish Deshmukh, a committee member of the Bar Council of India (BCI) said, “There is no provision that students have to sit for an eligibility test if they don’t have 75 per cent attendance needed to sit for the exam. The college can simply debar students from giving the exams but an eligibility test is not prescribed by us.”
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Ashok Yende, a law professor and the former head of the law department, Mumbai University said the move to hold an eligibility test was not in accordance with the norms as laid out by Mumbai University. “The college can put the names of students with inadequate attendance on the notice board but holding such a test and charging students for it is not permissible,” Yende said. Despite repeated calls and messages, authorities at MS College of Law remained unavailable for comment.