Students who are aspiring to study at the coveted Faculty of Law at Delhi University (DU) may stand at a disadvantage. The university does not consider the LLB course as a professional one, besides, the students do not have the option of having their papers re-examined in case of a discrepancy.
In an RTI application filed by law student, Ajay Goel, which enquired about the system of rechecking and revaluation of papers, it was found that the university does not permit students pursuing law, to apply for revaluation. However, the response to the RTI application from the university claimed that “rechecking is allowed but revaluation is not. The applicant is requesting for clarification/ explanation, which is a matter of interpretation”.
However, the authorities didn’t have a definite answer on the issue. “DU does not recognise it as a professional course because it is not in our schedule. So it is a post graduate course and not a professional course. A professional course in law is offered as a five-year course in other colleges. It is true that a student pursuing the course from Faculty of Law cannot apply for rechecking but can apply for revaluation, which means that the marks will be re-totalled. But this is the domain of the dean of exams and only he can comment on this,” said Gurdip Bahri, Dean, Faculty of Law, Delhi University.
The dean of exams too, remained evasive in his response on the matter, claiming that he had little knowledge on the RTI application. “I cannot comment on this as of now because I don’t know the position of the Faculty of Law. If the dean of the Faculty of Law has taken a stand and permits rechecking then we should not have a problem. But we don’t know their position on this matter yet,” said RC Sharma, dean of exams, DU.
The Bar Council claimed that students graduating from professional colleges and DU would not be at an equal footing at the beginning of the career.
“LLB is a professional course everywhere but there are two types of law degrees that are offered in India. One is a five-year course and the other is a three-year course, which a student can pursue only after he/she has done a basic graduation,” said DK Sharma, secretary of the Bar Council of Delhi High Court, Bar Association.
“Students who pursue the five-year programme, study law from scratch. On the other hand if a student opts for the course offered by DU, they lose one year because they start practising one year later than a regular law student,” Sharma added.