The University of Mumbai has scheduled four sets of papers each for semester 1 and semester 3 for the three-year LLB course on the same dates. This has invited complaints as around 1,000 second year LLB students appearing for semester 3 examination will also appear in some of the semester 1 papers as repeaters.
They were admitted to the second year despite failing in a subject or two in the previous semester 1 examination. The semester 1 and 3 papers will be held on four days — November 18, 20, 24 and 27. The semester 1 papers will be held between 11am and 2pm, whereas the semester 3 papers are scheduled between 3 and 6pm.
While scheduling multiple papers on one day is common for the MU, students complained that appearing in two different three-hour papers would be hectic.
“There’s only an hour’s gap between the papers. We get little time to study,” said Rohit Gangurde, a second-year student from New Law College, Matunga.
“LLB has an extensive curriculum and subjects aren’t easy. One needs to score 45% to pass. We are under a lot of pressure if there are many papers on the same day,” said Komal Phadtare, a student from Ambedkar Law College, Wadala.
The Student Law Council has written to the state education ministry asking that the examination be rescheduled.
“The University of Mumbai should hold two examinations on different dates,” said Sachin Pawar, president of the council and a law student.
Deepak Wasave, officiating Controller of Examination, said: “The university will certainly consider rescheduling the examination if there’s a complaint.”