SPPU Low­ers Ag­gre­gate Per­cent­age For Law Stu­dents

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The Sav­it­ribai Phule Pune Univer­sity (SPPU) has changed the rules of pass­ing for stu­dents pur­su­ing a law de­gree. The var­sity has now made it manda­tory for them to score a min­i­mum of 40 per cent in ev­ery sub­ject. This apart, they must also score at least 40 per cent ag­gre­gate in all the course sub­jects. The univer­sity’s aca­demic coun­cil, which met last month, took this de­ci­sion as the pre­vi­ous rule of a min­i­mum of 50 per cent ag­gre­gate to pass was op­posed by sev­eral stu­dents. More­over, the pass per­cent­age of the law course was also low. As per the pre­vi­ous pass­ing rule, to pass the exam, a law stu­dent had to score a min­i­mum 35 per cent in each of the course sub­jects. How­ever, the min­i­mum ag­gre­gate of all sub­jects put to­gether was set at 50 per cent. The univer­sity had re­ceived sev­eral com­plaints, from stu­dents and teach­ers alike, re­gard­ing this high ag­gre­gate cut-off, which was also lead­ing to a very poor pass per­cent­age. The de­mand to lower the pass­ing score was long due, and it was fi­nally passed by the aca­demic coun­cil last month, a state­ment is­sued by the univer­sity said. Though the SPPU has re­duced the ag­gre­gate cut-off from 50 per cent to 40 per cent, it has in­creased the min­i­mum score re­quired for in­di­vid­ual sub­jects to 40 per cent from 35 per cent. The de­ci­sion was taken con­sid­er­ing the Bar Coun­cil rules and reg­u­la­tions. The prin­ci­pals and teach­ers of all law col­leges in Pune, that are un­der the Univer­sity, were con­sulted be­fore this de­ci­sion was taken.

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