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Student takes NUJS to Delhi HC for course suspension notification

NUJS faces Delhi HC challenge
NUJS faces Delhi HC challenge

The Delhi high court on Wednesday asked NUJS Kolkata to respond to a student’s plea against its abrupt suspension of the course the student was enrolled in at NUJS.

Petitioner Pratham Sharma, who had enrolled for the eight-month long entrepreneurship and business laws diploma offered by NUJS, with service provider iPleaders, had approached the high court after NUJS suspended all its distance learning courses mid-session, allegedly without giving students or course providers any prior intimation or warning of its move.

Sharma commented: “We’re not after the money that we paid in comparison to the value we were getting from the course. [I prayed to the court to] tell NUJS not to revoke the decision [to offer the courses] on the drop of a hat like this and complete [the course for] this batch at least and give authentic recognisable diplomas for this batch. If that is not possible then we better get our money back.”

Justice Siddharth Mridul gave NUJS’ counsel until 1 August to seek clarity from NUJS in the matter, Sharma told us.

Sharma told us that around 3,000 students were likely affected by NUJS’ suspension of the courses but that he was the first of them to challenge the move in court. Advocate Sahib Singh was acting for Sharma.

He said that he had attempted to contact NUJS through calls 60-70 times after the course shut down notification, but all his attempts had failed as the administration was unresponsive. One of his batchmates who allegedly managed to get through to some of the faculty teaching the courses told him that the faculty was clueless about the future of the courses as it is the executive council (EC) which is authorised to take the final decision on them, and they were not members of the EC.

As per the minutes of the EC meeting, which we had published earlier, there is no final decision on NUJS’ distance learning courses yet and discussion has been deferred to the next EC meeting which is due in September.

Full disclosure: iPleaders has previously been an advertiser with Legally India.

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