Despite rules, higher standards can be set for passing exam: HC
"It is open to a State University to prescribe a higher standard which will not impinge on or have an adverse effect on the standards of education in institutes of Higher Education," observed Justice D Y Chandrachud in a recent order.
"Where a minimum is laid down by a body constituted under central legislation, a State University cannot lower those standards. But the prescription of a higher standard of passing would sub-serve the purpose of excellence of education" Justice Chandrachud said.
This principle does not merely apply to matters of eligibility for admission but also applies to the standard of passing.
The minimum standard which has been prescribed by the Dental Council of India provides that a candidate must receive 50 per cent marks in the aggregate (150 out of 300 in four papers).
This may consequently result in a situation where a candidate secures extremely poor marks in one or more subjects which are counter balanced by marks awarded in other subjects such that the overall marks equal or exceed 150 out of 300.
"If Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) has in the interest of maintaining and improving the standard of dental education prescribed that a student must secure at least 50 marks in each of the four papers, that would not lower the standard of education in dental education",
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