The Delhi University’s law courses aspirants on August 10 staged a protest outside Bar Council of India’s (BCI) office over its recent recommendations to close down evening colleges offering legal education which may result in scrapping of over 800 seats.
The BCI has asked DU to shutdown colleges offering law courses in the evening shifts. The recommendation has been made after a committee of BCI, the apex regulatory body for legal education and legal profession in the country, submitted an adverse report about infrastructure and quality of education imparted at the centres of DU’s law faculty.
Around 800 students are currently enrolled in the DU evening colleges offering law. “The seat cut cannot be explained in isolation with the government’s agenda of fund cuts and seat cuts from higher education. In country like ours, there is a great need of cheap legal education and DU is the only place offering it at a cheaper rate,” one of the protesters said.
Kawalpreet Kaur, vice president, All India Students Association (AISA), said, “Cutting down seats is going to have an adverse affect. I have denied offers of admission from GLC Pune and Jamia Millia Islamia, waiting for DU. And now BCI is closing doors of DU also for me. Why do the students have to suffer between the clash of DU and BCI?”
The students claimed that BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra, addressed the protesters and said, “He will not allow any student who does part time job to get a law degree and also until DU provides full infrastructure and a student teacher ratio of 40:1, the seats will not be increased”.
(Courtesy: Press Trust Of India)