Law student, Perinaz Vakil, got some relief on Wednesday when the University of Mumbai agreed to re-evaluate her Land Laws answer sheet for the second time, after she claimed that she was falsely declared failed after the first re-evaluation.
Vakil, who is studying in the fourth year of the five-year law course at Government Law College, Churchgate, had filed a petition in the Bombay high court after she was declared failed in the Land Laws paper on re-evaluation.
A division bench of justice PB Majmudar and justice Mridula Bhatkar has directed the controller of examinations to complete the second revaluation within four weeks.
The varsity’s lawyer, Rui Rodrigues, told the court that the controller of examinations will place the matter before the vice chancellor for approval of a junior examiner from the examiner’s panel for the second re-evaluation.
Vaikil had appeared for her eighth semester examination in May, the results of which were declared in July. Although she passed in all subjects, she sought re-evaluation of her papers because her marks lower than her expectations.
The marks after re-evaluation were declared in October, in which she obtained a first class in all the subjects except in Land Laws, in which her marks were reduced from 57 to 36 out of 100. She was declared failed in that subject.
Vakil requested the university for another re-evaluation. She filed a petition in the high court in November because the university turned down her request.
Her advocate, Mihir Desai, argued that if a student has passed before the re-evaluation, and is declared failed in the re-evaluation, then the law allows the paper to be sent for a second re-evaluation.
Vakil’s petition stated that if she accepts the re-evaluation result then she will have to appear for the examination again in April 2011. It said she would not secure a first class, which she would otherwise be entitled to and that would prejudice her future academic prospects.