On Monday i.e 13th August, 2018 Delhi university approached High court challenging a Single Judge’s order asking the law faculty members to conduct at least 139 hours of extra classes or tutorials, within eight weeks, for students who are desirous to attend the lectures to make up for attendance shortage.
The high court judge told that the Delhi university teachers are “illegally” detaining about 500 students for lack of attendance and ordered to hold internal exams.
A Bench of Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice Chander Shekhar issued notice to the students and sought their response on the university’s appeal against the order.
The judge had totally ignored the fact that was stated in 6th July appeal that all the three law centers has completed the course within the total number of lectures.
“Rule 10 of the Bar Council of India Rules by no stretch of imagination can be interpreted to stipulate that additional classes should be held even though the entire syllabus of the course has been taught in the semester as per the time table and schedule followed by the law centre,” the order stated.
The university contended that as per the rule that 450 class of hours have to be conducted in order to complete the syllabus of all the courses for respective semesters have already been completed.
The Single Judge, while granting relief to the students, had said the shortfall of attendance was caused due to “failure of faculty of law to conduct minimum classes as prescribed under the Bar Council rules”.