The court suggested the petitioners to approach the vice-chancellor for the respite that they are pursuing.
During the hearing of a petition filed by two students of Mumbai University seeking a stay on the final-year examinations scheduled by the varsity, the Bombay High Court, on September 26, stated that it cannot intervene in the matter of the varsity’s decision of conducting final-year examination for its undergraduate programs.
Instead, the court suggested the petitioners approach the vice-chancellor for the respite that they are pursuing.
The University of Mumbai has scheduled to conduct the final-year examination for its undergraduate courses between October 1 and 17 through online mode. The examination schedule was released in line with the Supreme Court’s order which stated that final-year students can only be promoted based on examination. The examination will be conducted in a multiple-choice question (MCQ) format.
The petitioner contested and said that they had not been given the “mandatory time” of one month between the announcement and commencement of exams as mentioned in 2019 circular. To which, the university stated that the earlier circular was passed for the physical mode of examination and first and second-year students, therefore, it is not applicable to the current scenario.
The high court bench consisting of chief justice Dipankar Dutta and justice G S Kulkarni stated that the court cannot pass orders to put a stay on exams. The bench further suggested the students concentrate on preparation to write the exam.
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