The High Court continues to advise on the 5-year law course at the University of Punjab: The Tribune India


Saurabh Malik
Tribune press service
Chandigarh, December 1

A day before the scheduled board date for the University of Punjab’s 5-year integrated BA LLB (Hons.) Course, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered that the list-based process of revised merit be held in abeyance.

Notice of motion

Delivering a notice of motion for December 3, the judiciary said: “In the meantime, the conduct of the consultation based on the revised merit list set for December 2 will be held in abeyance.”

The decision of Judicial Jaswant Singh and Judge Sant Parkash came following a request by Malayika Verma through attorney Sandeep Moudgil and after he was informed that the decision to award a four-point weighting to “legal studies” had been withdrawn.

Appearing before the bench by videoconference, Moudgil argued that the petitioner was a candidate for admission to the integrated course of the 2020-21 session against the 90 places in the general category out of a total of 180. Admissions were based on grades obtained in the 10 qualifiers. +2 exam.

But the petitioner’s grievance was that the revised merit list for the board to be held on December 2 for the course was uploaded by removing the award of four points awarded for passing “legal studies” on the 10+ exam. 2. As a result, the rank of the petitioner was reduced from 86 to 690, beyond the 90 seats allocated in the general category.

The bench observed that the decision to assign a weighting of four points each, subject to a maximum of 16, to certain subjects for the determination of final merit was taken after the publication of the prospectus for the integrated 5-year course. BA LLB (Hons) and BCom LLB.

It was further evident that a motion in brief “Samriti against PU et al.” Had been filed, challenging the weighting of four points for “legal studies” for admission to the course as this was not provided for in the prospectus. . “It was perhaps as a result of the motion for brief filed that PU withdrew the award of four points in the present case, without granting similar treatment to the weighting for subjects, including ‘legal studies’. , for the determination of the merit of admission to Integrated Course BCom LLB ”, affirmed the bench.

He also took note of Moudgil’s assertion that the surveyed university could not choose, while extending the weighting advantage for subjects. As such, the action was discriminatory and arbitrary. That aside, the sanctity of the prospectus was diluted in view of the university’s subsequent admission decision by dropping the entrance exam as originally stipulated in the prospectus.


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