Bombay HC Grants Students Liberty To Approach Mumbai University VC To Postpone Exams

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Mumbai: Without interfering with the final-year exams schedule, the Bombay High Court granted the students the liberty to approach the Mumbai University vice-chancellor seeking postponement for better preparation.

BA, BCom, BSc and other exams start on October 1. Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Girish Kulkarni’s bench said that the vice-chancellor will decide their representation before that.

According to a report in The Times of India, the bench stated, “You know our powers are limited,” in reference to education matters. In a word of advice to the petitioners — two law students — it said: “start studying, you will have to appear in this year’s exams.”

After hearing university counsel Rui Rodrigues who questioned their “incorrect reliance” on a clause from a June 2019 circular meant for first and second-year students, the bench told Sharon Patole, counsel for the students, to withdraw the petition and make a representation before the V-C, the report said.

“How can you insist on the final-year exam on the same clause in the June 2019 circular?… If you insist on an order on merits, it will go against you,” the bench told the students.

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