In a bid to meet newer and more evolved needs of the market, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is gearing up to launch two undergraduate law programmes, which are inter-disciplinary in nature.
The two full-time programmes — BBA-LLB and Bcom-LLB — are of five years each and will be started in collaboration with Institute for Integrated Learning in Management (IILM) around January next year.
“The courses are very unique in nature and we are aiming at equipping students with legal competence along with knowledge in management or commerce. We are proposing to enroll 80 students in each programme,” said Srikrishna Deva Rao, Director of School of Law, IGNOU.
Though the university’s law school was established in 2005, it has till now only been offering several diploma and certificate courses.
“This year, we started offering masters degree in Intellectual Property Law. With the BBA-LLB and Bcom-LLB programmes we will now for the first time start offering bachelors degree in law,” added Rao.
Apart from masters in Intellectual Property Law, the school of law is offering three online programs and five distance education programmes.
In Delhi, the classes will either be conducted at the Delhi or Gurgaon campus of IILM. The two programmes are full time in nature and not distance learning.
“We are currently waiting for approval of the Bar Council. However, we have already identified distinguished senior legal and management professionals who will help in formulating the curriculum for the courses,” said Professor B Bhattacharya, vice chairperson, IILM.