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Vikash Sharma

Authorities at the Utkal University in Odisha on Wednesday said that the pending semester examinations of law students at the various law colleges under it will be held in online mode.

The announcement came a day after students of four law colleges staged a demonstration in front of the Utkal University against the proposed decision to conduct pending four semester examinations in offline mode.

Students from the University Law College, Capital Law College, MS Law and The Law College had alleged that they were being forced to appear the pending four semesters- 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th- in the ensuing six months in offline mode.

Sarat Majhi, Controller of Examination, Utkal University today said, “The pending examinations of law students will be held in online mode. The pending exams will be conducted on emergency basis. However, adequate gaps will be given between each test so that students get adequate time to prepare.”

Majhi said as per the Bar Council of India (BCI) guidelines the examinations are mandatory. So, all pending examinations will be held with reasonable gaps between them, he said.

A detailed examination schedule has been issued by the Utkal University. As per Majhi, the pending 3rd and 7th semester exams will start from September 13. Similarly, the first and fifth semester exams will start from September 13, 2021. The remaining 8th, 9th and 10 semester exams will be conducted after Durga Puja holidays, Majhi added.

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