Patna University’s new academic session has begun but it is yet to conduct exams for a few courses postponed some months back.
Over 700 LLB students are yet to clear their second and fourth semester exams. The exams were scheduled in May but the university cancelled them following complaints of mass copying on day one at the centre. Also, the university is yet to announce fresh dates for first semester MBA exams, also postponed.
Giving relief to the students, the varsity administration, as per semester system, promoted students to the next semester. Ritesh Verma, a fifth semester student, said: “The second and fourth semester LLB exams were scheduled in May but got cancelled over mass copying cries.”
Verma said the university had announced it would announce fresh dates but even after over two months, dates have not been announced.
Another LLB student, Kautilya Kumar, said: “We have come to know the university is planning to hold fourth and fifth semester exams together. This would be taxing for students as they would have to write 10 papers.” Under the semester system, the three-year LLB course has been divided into six semesters, each of five papers.
After cancelling exams, Patna Law College, on Patna University’s directive, had issued a show-cause notice on students behind mass copying and protests.
The students have replied. Based on their reply, sources said the university administration plans to accept an undertaking from them that they would not indulge in any protest in future.
Patna Law College principal Rakesh Verma said: “The college has forwarded the students’ replies to the university. It is now up to the university to take a decision.”
Eighteen MBA students, too, are waiting for their first semester exams. The university administration had expelled them for indulging in unfair means during an exam in March but the state human rights commission intervened and allowed them to continue studies. They were in fact promoted to the next semester and even sat for the second semester exam.
However, the department has taken an initiative to solve the MBA students’ woes. Chandrama Singh, head of MBA department, said: “First semester students, who were expelled, were promoted to the next semester and are now in the third semester. These students will take their first semester exams along with third semester exams, tentatively, in November.”