In relation to previous articles posted by Translegal regarding the University of Mumbai LLM exams that have been subject of student protests, the Bombay High Court has released its decision to provide students with the option of taking the LLM examination for next semester. Effectively, this decision allows students pursuing an LLM degree at Mumbai University, who refused to take the exams that started 23 January 2018, to instead take it along with next semester's exams.
It will be remembered that students were in protest about the early scheduling of the LLM exams as not only did it give them little time to prepare but it was also in violation of the UGC and Bar Council regulations that require a minimum of 90 teaching days for each semester.
The court's ruling was pursuant to the petition filed by a student seeking to reschedule the exam due to the short semester afforded them. The option provided by the High Court to students who will take the LLM exams also means that those who want to take them as scheduled may do so. However, the court asked the University of Mumbai not to deem failed or absent the students included in the list of those who will take the LLM exam but refused to do so. Instead, they can take the one for next semester.
The decision of the High Court is a huge relief to students who were only barely able to attend four weeks of the previous semester. They now have adequate time to study and prepare.