Looking for the upcoming student union elections, ABVP led DUSU submitted a memorandum to the HRD ministry on Thursday asking for intervention in closing down the DU’s evening law classes by the Bar Council of India.
What does the DUSU president have to say in this context?
- “This is a critical issue and has been there for many years now. The prospectus mentioned the faculty has a total of 2400 seats following which the student came forward for enrollment
- At a press conference, DUSU president Satender Awana said, “But after the BCI’s recommendations the seats have been cut to half the number. We spoke to BCI and it said that if the university gives an undertaking to upgrade the infrastructure in a year, it will reconsider the recommendations.”
- A memorandum has been submitted to the HRD ministry and Vice Chancellor in this regard, he said.
The BCI recommended to close down the evening colleges on the basis of its report:
- The BCI has directed DU to close down colleges offering law courses in the evening shifts
- The recommendation has been made on the basis of an adverse report that has been submitted by the BCI committee, the apex regulatory body for legal education and legal profession about infrastructure and quality of education at the centres of DU’s law faculty
- Around 800 students are currently registered in the evening colleges of DU offering law.
A look at the reasons why BCI has directed to shut down the evening colleges in DU
- In an unprecedented move, in 2014, BCI had decided to derecognize 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
- On the basis of the report, the BCI issued a show-cause notice to DU explaining the “illegalities” in its functioning ,including more than permissible student strength, lack of infrastructure and faculty
- Earlier in January, the council had communicated to the university to close down colleges offering law courses in evening shifts, saying such programmes do not ensure proper quality of legal education.