Either it’s 11th Online admission or shortage of teachers in schools and colleges, the education department has been in news from last few days. Now the Education department takes headline on 60-40 pattern. Some of the city law colleges have put their internal assessments on hold after a student moved court against Mumbai University’s 60-40 pattern last week. Though the court has not issued any such directive or a stay on the implementation some of the colleges have given in to demands from their students.
The pattern comes in the limelight after the Jitendra Chauhan law College in Vile Parle postponed the internal project submission and presentation scheduled from October 24 to 27 till further notice. It said that the notice was issued ‘in view of the observation made by the High Court in the matter related to the 60-40 pattern’.
The petition by a student from GJ Advani Law College in Bandra had requested the court to quash the university circular dated August 24, prescribing the 60-40 pattern. Under the new evaluation pattern, students will be assessed on their internal projects for 40 marks and in their semester-end written exams for 60 marks.
According to student said that decision of postponing was first taken by a college in south Mumbai. “Many students started sharing their notification across social media groups. They started sharing their notification across social media groups. They started making similar demands from colleges. The hearing is scheduled on Friday, so colleges are just rescheduling it in the coming week,” said the student.
Most students were opposed to the idea of giving 40 marks to colleges, as many are working professionals and also because colleges do not have enough faculty to hold internal assessments.
Following the Jitendra Chauhan law College, Siddharth and Ambedkar Law colleges too decided to reschedule some of their assignments. Principal K S Reddy from Siddharth College said that it was an administrative decision.
A principal from a city college said that since there has been no directive from the university or the court, it decided against postponing the internal assessments. Another principal pointed out that the Diwali vacation commences next week and the repeaters’ exam starts post-vacation, giving them little time to conduct the assessment if it is rescheduled.
Students from law colleges have also claimed that there is no uniformity in what colleges are seeking as internal assessment. While some colleges are seeking analysis on judgments, many have just asked students to write assignments directly from the bare acts.