The Bar Council of India (BCI) has asked the Delhi University to shut down colleges offering law courses in evening shifts. The recommendation has been made after a committee of BCI, the apex regulatory body for legal education and legal profession in India, submitted an adverse report about the infrastructure and quality of education being imparted at the centres of DU’s law faculty.
Around 800 students are presently enrolled in the DU evening colleges offering law. The report – which was sent to the university on August 6 – is expected to resolve a legal tangle and pave the way for admission counselling to begin at the law faculty after two postponements.
“The matter has been communicated to us and we have placed the same before the Academic Council (AC). It has been decided that we will follow the BCI rules and recommendations,” a senior university official said.
In an unprecedented move, BCI had in 2014 decided to derecognise DU’s law course after it failed to seek timely extension of the affiliation of its three centres, namely Campus Law Centre, Law Centre-I and Law Centre-II.
It was granted a provisional extension of affiliation for the 2014-15 session after DU had proposed to shift to a new building which it claimed “had adequate space” for the faculty to run properly.
However, after a fresh inspection by a BCI panel, the council had noted that besides fresh violations, the illegalities earlier highlighted remain unattended. Following this, the BCI issued it a show-cause notice to explain the “illegalities” in its functioning including more than permissible student strength, lack of infrastructure and faculty.
The council had in January communicated to the university to shutdown colleges offering law courses in evening shifts, saying such programmes do not ensure proper quality of legal education.
Eminent figures like finance minister Arun Jaitley, former HRD minister Kapil Sibal, Supreme Court Judge Rohinton Nariman, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati and former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi are among the alumni of Faculty of Law.
SOURCE: THE INDIAN EXPRESS