The academic session of Delhi University’s Law Faculty has been delayed this year with the varsity postponing counselling for first-year LLB students.
Aspirants who had written the entrance examinations are worried. On July 21 the university issued a circular and said that due to “unavoidable circumstances”, the session was being postponed.
The reason for the delay is the university cannot begin the admission process without a go -ahead from the Bar Council of India (BCI)—the authority that controls legal education in the country.
The BCI will first submit a report of the inspection of the new building it conducted on July 19 and then depending on the report, admission will be start.
The university had put a proposal on shifting the three law centres –Law Centre-1, Campus Law Centre (CLC) and Law Centre –II to a new building located at Chhatra Marg, in north campus and near the present Law Faculty.
A student of the CLC, Tarun Narang, had moved the High Court against the decision to move the three centres to the new building and the lack of infrastructure.
Following the order from the court, the BCI will decide on the number of students the university will admit this year and take a decision on the affiliation . At present, the Law Faculty does not have an affiliation from the BCI.
“The schedule for the admission will be decided after July 28 after a meeting with BCI. They will decide on the number of students,” said SC Raina, Dean Law Faculty.
In 2014, the BCI had refused to enrol students as advocates as the law faculty did not have affiliation. Considering the future of students, BCI had then given provisional affiliation but since 2015 the faculty has been functioning without an affiliation.
“BCI will submit their report on July 28. After that, depending on the recommendation of the report, the university will be given a month’s time. The counselling is bound to get further delayed. Even the classes for second and third year students have not started so we are worried,” said Narang.