Amidst the Pandemic, education institutions have definitely taken a hit and students are suffering without proper access to institutional infrastructure and lack of experience needed for professional courses. With the fear that the pandemic may last for more than a year, education institutions have also started evaluating scores based on online and hybrid examinations in order not to delay the students from pursuing their post-graduation courses and starting their career.
Since the pandemic broke out in the year 2019, all the law universities across the nation have been conducting classes through various online platforms and have decided to conduct online exams to facilitate easy and unilateral evaluation of scores for the students. With the country’s economic and healthcare system facing the crisis for the past few months, several students have written to the Bar Council of India requesting the cancellation of end- term exams and the adoption of an alternative method for evaluating scores. This was backed by stating that, a lot of students are undergoing intense suffering by taking care of the family members from the deadly infection. It was also alleged that the present mental and physical impact of the pandemic on the students have created a situation that curbs them from performing with the same exertion and efficiency as formerly.
The letter added that,
“It is necessary to acknowledge that not all students are equally placed either economically or mentally under the current circumstances, therefore, mandating the conduct of separate End-term components, creates an unequal classification between those who have the capacity and resources for writing an online exam and those who do not. Thereby, striking at the heart of the right to equality under Art. 14”
It is imperative that, the students have demanded the BCI to relax rule 19 of schedule III of the visa rules of legal education 2008 that requires every university to compulsorily conduct an end- term exam and report it to the BCI immediately. They have also requested to acknowledge the fact that not all students are economically and mentally stable in the pandemic, and holding an exam would create a much variable classification between those who can attend the exam and those who physically and mentally cannot. Therefore, it is definitely the need for the hour to cater the needs of students and give importance to the lives of those who are battling under so much pressure and stress in these hard times.