32 denied ‘special chance’ get HC nod to take exams

The Delhi High Court on Thursday permitted 32 Delhi University students, who had been denied 'special chance' to for completing their undergraduate or postgraduate courses, to appear for examinations. The exams will begin on November 30.

If a student is not able to complete his course within a stipulated period, he/she could do so during a span period. Apart from the span period, DU also had the provision of granting students another concession — a special chance to appear in exams beyond the span period.

According to the 32 students who had filed a petition in the High Court, the university had scrapped the 'special chance' provision in October.

In an interim order, the court said: "The request of the students will be considered by the Standing Committee Students of the Academic Council and thereafter by the Vice-Chancellor for grant of permission to appear in the examination as a special case in accordance with law."

The court said the results of these candidates should be kept in a sealed cover until further directions from court.

Alka Sharma, the university registrar, said, "An interim order has been passed by the court and it has also asked the results be kept in a sealed envelope."

Talking about the decision to scrap the special chance provision, Sharma said, "At an administrative level, it is a nightmare. The syllabus of courses as well as exam rules keep changing over the years and it was not feasible to give students special chances. Moreover, according to the university statute, granting of special chances falls under the discretionary powers of the Academic Council and the Vice-Chancellor. It is to be given only under exceptional circumstances."

Raait Hoda is among the 32 students who had approached the court.

An LLB student of Campus Law Centre, Hoda could not get his degree because he failed in two final-year papers.

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