India’s legal profession and law education regulatory body, the Bar Council of India (BCI) has created a wave of confusion among DU Law students by deciding to de-recognize Delhi University’s Law course offered at its three centres, according to media reports.
With this latest development, the future of students pursuing law course at DU’s Campus Law Centre (CLC), Law Centre-I (LC-I) and Law Centre-II (LC-II) would be at stake because the BCI has decided to de-recognize law course taught at these three centres.
In a letter sent to the Delhi Bar Council, the BCI added that the decision was taken in absence of any active move initiated by these law centres to begin the process of seeking approval for extension of affiliation.
India’s apex law education regulator, BCI sent constant reminders to both DU’s Law Faculty and the Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University in this regard but they paid no heed to the BCI’s call for renewal of affiliation beyond the academic year 2010-11.
The students who took admission at these centres from 2011-12 onward, are not eligible to enroll as advocates and practice on completion of the course, media reports said.
As per the set rules, a law school or law college or law institution is required to apply afresh seeking approval of affiliation from the BCI on or before July 31, 2010, if it has not been inspected for a period of consecutive five years. Law colleges or institutions that fail to seek afresh approval, lose the right to impart legal education.
BCI amended the rules to ensure periodic inspection of law school/law college/law institution in terms of number of students admitted, required infrastructure, facilities and timings.
DU law faculty students have started agitating in protest of such unprecedented move by BCI and the panic-stricken law graduates gathered at the Delhi University’s Law Faculty in the North Campus to know if they would be able to enroll themselves as advocate or not.
Many law stalwarts opine that the future of the law students will not be affected and their law degrees will not go waste and they must not resort to any violent activities.
An apt reply has been given to the BCI and the regulatory body has been reminded that the DU was given time till December 31, 2014 to apply afresh for approval, according to Ashwani Kumar Bansal, Dean, Faculty of Law, DU.