Justice Biren Vaishnav of the Gujarat high court on Thursday issued notice to Gujarat University, the Bar Council of India and the state government, over a petition filed by law students taking exception to the university’s decision to conduct examination in physical mode from June 10. They are demanding online exams instead.
Seven law students approached the HC demanding cancellation of a notification issued by GU on May 28, by which it is to conduct penpaper exams from June 10 for Semesters 2 and 10, and from June 24 for Semesters 4, 6 and 8. They have claimed that GU has fixed the exams without complying with directions from the Bar Council of India (BCI).
The petitioners contended that holding physical exams is like putting students at risk during this Covid-19 pandemic, particularly when a surge in cases was witnessed recently and there are many Covid cases being reported at present as well.
The students urged the HC to quash GU’s examination notification declaring it arbitrary, impractical and unreasonable, and to direct GU to take the exams virtually or to promote and evaluate students on the basis of their previous-year performances or internal submissions as prescribed by the BCI in May last year following the lockdown. They have also sought a delay in exams until all students are vaccinated.
The HC sought a reply on this issue on Monday.
Meanwhile, a university senate member and advocate, Dipen Dave, requested the GU vice-chancellor to postpone the exams and reconsider the decision.