The development came after BCU held an “emergency” syndicate meeting on Monday and decided to uphold the high court order.
Bengaluru City University (BCU) withdrew its appeal against a Karnataka High Court order dated August 18, which directed the university to issue mark sheets and other documents to the students of the Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology, allowing those students to finally breathe a sigh of relief.
What happened here is that on Monday, the BCU syndicate called an “emergency” meeting and voted to obey the high court’s decision. The BCU also penned a letter to Geetha Narayanan, the design institute’s director, in which it promised to begin the process of issuing marks cards to students who completed design courses in the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 academic years and to those who enrolled in degree courses for the 2020-21 academic year. The administration appealed the decision in September, following the court’s judgement on August 18. This appeal, however, was denied by the court.
When the BCU refused to give out grade reports to 1,128 students who had finished their courses, their futures were in limbo.
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Students from the design institute, formerly part of the University of Mysore, filed a petition against the BCU, claiming that the university had blocked their progress toward further education and professional advancement by refusing to provide them with mark sheets and certificates. Since the BCU did not administer the exams for the design school, it claimed that it had “no power” to award report cards and diplomas to the students who had taken those exams.
The high court ruling also noted that the BCU was bound by an MoU signed with the design institute on April 29, 2015, as well as a notification with the syndicate order from the University of Mysore from February 6, 2017, which recognised the degree courses and examinations from the design institute.
An anonymous parent told indianexpress.com, “Withdrawing the appeal is a step in the right direction. The dilemma of thousands of students who have finished their courses but are unable to pursue higher education or find employment due to delays in issuing mark sheets is being addressed in remarkable ways. The court has not yet opened for the day because of the Dasara, so the occasion is bittersweet even if the case is ultimately dismissed.
Someone studying for a Bachelor of Design degree in the seventh semester at the institute remarked, “We are hopeful things get better as we continue into the eighth semester with the university now assuring us to issue the mark sheet and other documentation. The university has to distribute mark sheets to many students throughout the course of four years, beginning with the first semester.
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