The high court on Thursday asked Calcutta University to follow one rule for students of all subjects on the number of chances each will get to clear a paper at the postgraduate level.
The university now gives three chances to postgraduate students in all science subjects except economics to clear backlog in any paper. Those studying economics and arts subjects get two chances.
“The university should follow a uniform rule for the students of all subjects,” Justice Ashok Das Adhikari observed.
The judge was hearing a petition by MSc (economics) student Sanghamitra Sengupta, who has been barred by the university to sit for the fourth semester exams as she has failed to clear a paper in the second and third semesters.
Justice Das Adhikari directed CU to allow Sengupta to attend lectures and write the exams of the fourth semester.
Sengupta’s lawyer Ekramul Bari said her client had scored good marks in all papers except Paper VI (micro economics) in the first three semesters of the postgraduate course.
The student had failed to clear micro economics in the second and third semesters.
Challenging CU’s decision, Bari pointed out to the court that the university was following separate rules for different subjects.
“The university is saying that like arts students, those studying economics, too, will get two chances to clear a subject. As Sanghamitra failed to get pass marks in a paper in two semesters, she has been barred from the next,” Bari submitted.
The lawyer appearing for the university admitted that postgraduate science students get three chances to clear a paper. “But those studying economics, which is covered by the science faculty, get two chances like their arts counterparts.”
Hearing the submission, Justice Das Adhikari said: “Two separate rules cannot prevail in one university.”
Sanghamitra did her BSc (economics honours) from Lady Brabourne College and got admitted to CU’s postgraduate economics course in 2012.
Bari later said: “The order is significant because it will benefit not just MSc (economics) students, but arts students,too.”
A senior university official, however, said the departments that run postgraduate courses enjoy the freedom to follow their own academic systems. “We can’t follow a uniform system as the departments have been given the autonomy to frame their own rules.”
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