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Uncertainty Among Students of Delhi University’s Faculty of Law

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University of Delhi: A blanket of uncertainty lies over the prospects of the students at the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. While the students were unanimously echoing their protests against the Open Book Examinations (OBE), it was reported that many of them lack the necessary study resources to prepare for the examinations.

The students of the Faculty of Law have raised an alarm at the unavailability of the case materials that form the basis of their studies, despite having paid for them. Though the materials are available online, many students have claimed inaccessibility to the necessary technology and network connectivity. A student came forward to speak about her apprehensions of scoring low grades in the OBE as many of them had always confined themselves to the traditional pen-paper fashion; “the soft copies make it difficult to study the case laws in depth and appear for the OBE.”

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The greater question was asked by a student: Why did the administration wait so long to distribute the study materials until the lockdown which, in turn, entirely dismantled the process? The students allege they have not yet received their online credentials from the University to submit the required write-ups for which June 02, 2020, was the supposed deadline.

The grievances of the students of the Faculty of Law do not seem to cease as their examination results are another source of their anxiety. According to research by the law students, the maximum number of examinees fail the examinations while 90% of the students score well below 300 marks (upon a total of 500).

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Below are the statistics presented by the students:

Campus Law Centre

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(1st Term)

Law Centre-I

(1st Term)

Law Centre-I

(3rd Term)

Law Centre-II

(3rd Term)

Total students.

904

914 533

620

Students with one or more Essential Repeats (ER).

389

322 215

307

Students with 300 or more marks.

57

66 10 15

 

According to the study, less than 90% of the students score 60% or fewer marks while 80-85% of the students score less than 55% of the marks. This is particularly a set-back for the students as a minimum of 55% marks are required to get admission into LLM and other government examinations after completing LLB; since 85% of the students score less than 55% of the marks, their future looks bleak.

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