Delhi High Court.(Mint file)

The Delhi Supreme Court said Tuesday that the University of Delhi cannot expect students to take at least 70 percent of exams if they do not attend classes for the full amount of time required for a course.

“It cannot be said that students must have a minimum attendance of 70 percent while teaching only 40 percent of the required study time,” a bank owned by Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan told the university when they heard a request from a law student to he was unable to take his first semester exams last year for medical reasons.

The Supreme Court also sent a notice to the Center, the India Bar and the University seeking comment on the student’s appeal against a single judge’s ruling last November. He rejected his request to waive absenteeism and allowed him to take his first semester exams.

The single judge had rejected his plea on the grounds that there was a dividing bank regulation of the Delhi Supreme Court according to which the requirement of a minimum attendance was non-negotiable in professional courses.

During Tuesday’s hearing, the bank, headed by the Chief Justice, told the university and BCI that there should be a mechanism to look after students like the petitioner, who has had a disease since March 2017 for which there is no clear one Giving explanation and defining diagnosis “instead of building a wall”.

According to Abhishek Singh’s plea, if typhus was suspected, there was also the possibility that he was suffering from tuberculosis.

His lawyer Kamal Mehta told the bank that the first semester of last year started on September 1, 2019 and the exams were held in December 2019.

During the videoconference hearing, Singh’s attorney said statements had been made to the university to allow the student to take the first semester exams despite the lack of attendance given his ongoing illness. However, no response was received from the university and he was later told that his name would be removed from the university list.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the university to confirm when the first semester started last year and when the exams were held.

In addition, the student’s attorney was told to find out what minimum period of study was required / required by DU for the LLB course and whether this was observed.


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