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The Bar Council of India (BCI) has given permission to law universities to conduct physical examinations. The students who are unable or unwilling to appear for the exams till the COVID-19 pandemic is averted are given an option to give the examinations again after the physical reopening of the universities.
The BCI, which is the regulator of law education in the country, also clarified on November 1, 2020, that the students who appear for the exams but are unable to clear them will also get an opportunity to reappear in the fresh exams. The physical exams will have to be held with a NOC (No Objection Certificate) of the respective state government and State Disaster Management Authority.
In a press release, the BCI declared that it has been observed by the General Council of the BCI that if physical examinations as contemplated by the universities are held with effect from November 2, 2020, such that the said exams are held without any penal consequences to any candidate who is unable to appear for the said exam, no student shall be affected or prejudiced and they will get an opportunity to appear for the exam again after the physical reopening of the university or college.
An option was provided to the Universities/ Centres of Legal Education to conduct the physical exams with the NOC of the State Disaster Management Authority and the state government, by providing the option to such law students who are not able and/ or unwilling to appear in such physical exams till the coronavirus pandemic is averted. It also stated that having appeared therein, the students who are unable to clear the exam will be given a chance to appear in the re-conducting of the exam after the college or university reopens physically.
Considering the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to persist with no early respite from it foreseeable, the BCI resolved that examinations for all intermediary along with the final year law students and classes may be held online. This will be allowed if the universities and colleges can manage to continue their classes and exams online, and if adequate infrastructure and other facilities are available for students.
The announcement further stated that if online exams are conducted and any student is either unable to take it or is unable to pass will be entitled to take the exam again whenever it is held, preferably within one month of the physical re-opening of the universities. Stay tuned to CollegeDekho to get more information and updates on law admissions and colleges in India. Send in your queries through the QnA Section.