Delhi University’s three law centres will send their reply to the Bar Council of India’s show-cause notice by March 12. The biggest task ahead for the varsity, though, is to fulfill the infrastructure requirement within six months.
The most important step is to provide all the three centres with moot courts within six months.
This issue was highlighted in the recommendations list, part of the inspection report sent by the BCI in January to the three centres -- Law Centre 1, Law Faculty and Law Centre II.
The regulatory body has specifically mentioned that admissions for the 2015-2016 academic session can take place only once the recommendations get fulfilled.
DU’s law faculty is regarded as one of the most prestigious colleges of the country, with its alumni ranging from Union ministers to judges.
The BCI, in its report, says: “The Centre must construct/provide a proper moot court hall within six months with all facilities and amenities such as chairs for the judges, witness box and tables. The opportunity of mooting should be given to each student on compulsory basis.”
Highlighting the deplorable state of affairs, the BCI said in its report that the library in the centres could accommodate only 25% of the enrolled students, lacks facility for games and a legal aid centre.
Further, a PIL filed by a student, Tarun Narang, even points out the lack of a canteen, classes being held in the auditorium and classrooms with broken chairs and tables.
Currently, the law faculty is being run in a 3.5-acre space, the LC-I has an even smaller place and LC-II is run off-campus at Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College.
The DU administration has proposed to shift all three centres to an area of 1.5 acres. The proposal has already been challenged in the court.
In midst of all this, the 7,500 students each, in all three centres are the most perturbed. “Last year, one batch of students had to face delay in getting enrolled as advocates, this time the tension is more, as the centres might be closed,” said a student who did not want to be named.