'Inequitable & Unjust': Calcutta HC Restrains NUJS from Discontinuing Online Course for Already Enrolled Students

Team SoOLEGAL 17 Jun 2022 4:48pm

'Inequitable & Unjust': Calcutta HC Restrains NUJS from Discontinuing Online Course for Already Enrolled Students

New Delhi: The Calcutta High Court ordered the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) to allow students who have already enrolled in online courses to complete them, even if the courses have been de-recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

A bench of Justices Subhendu Samanta and IP Mukerji was hearing a case challenging the university's executive committee's decision to halt certain online courses because they were not approved by the UGC. The students who were already enrolled were allowed to finish them, according to the court.

In our opinion, it would be most inequitable and unjust to de-recognize the course, cancel it, and issue a direct refund of fees at this time, the bench stated.

NUJS began offering the courses in 2012, and a large number of students enrolled. They ran smoothly until 2018 when they were terminated due to the UGC's lack of express approval.

The High Court, on the other hand, stated that because NUJS was a prestigious institution, the degrees it awarded were of high value. As a result, no student would normally look behind an announcement to see if UGC had approved it.

The students were most likely to presume that such approval had been obtained from the University Grants Commission,” the Court stated.

In this regard, the bench stated that the students who had enrolled had not only spent money, but also time and energy to complete the courses.

Furthermore, the doctrine of promissory estoppel prevented NUJS from canceling the courses and the UGC from de-recognizing them, according to the records.

The court ruled, “We direct that the students who have already enrolled themselves for the online courses from 2012 and not completed it should be allowed to complete the courses if otherwise entitled to do so.”

Nonetheless, it was clarified that no new enrollment should be permitted without the express permission of the UGC.

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