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DU law faculty must fall in line to save students' future: BCI chairman BS Sinsinwar

The Bar Council of India (BCI), which regulates legal education and profession in the country, has asked state bar councils not to enrol students who passed out from around 60 law colleges, including Delhi University's Faculty of Law, which did not obtain 'extension of approval of affiliation' from it.

india Updated: Oct 06, 2014 22:31 IST
Satya Prakash

The Bar Council of India (BCI), which regulates legal education and profession in the country, has asked state bar councils not to enrol students who passed out from around 60 law colleges, including Delhi University's Faculty of Law, which did not obtain "extension of approval of affiliation" from it. This has left in the lurch thousands of students who graduated from such non-affiliated law colleges. HT legal editor Satya Prakash spoke to BCI chairman BS Sinsinwar on the current crisis and state of legal education in India.



HT:

Thousands of fresh law graduates have been left high and dry due to BCI's direction to state bar councils not to enrol those passing out from law colleges which failed to get renewed their affiliation. What's the solution to this problem?



BCI chairman:

We are also worried about the future of these students. But we are bound by the Legal Education Rules, 2008, which were framed by the BCI after consulting all the stakeholders. If a law college does not adhere to these rules, we have no option but to take punitive measures. These colleges will have to invite us for inspection of their infrastructure in terms of building, faculty, library and other ancillary facilities. Once they fulfil the criteria prescribed under the Legal Education Rules, 2008, their affiliation can be renewed. This is the only way this problem can be resolved.



HT:

A Delhi University's law faculty teacher has filed a petition in the Delhi High Court challenging your decision and the HC has issued notice to you. What do you say?



BCI chairman:

Do you know Delhi high court is already seized of the matter? In fact, DU law faculty's former dean Prof. SN Singh had filed a petition seeking implementation of the BCI's Legal Education Rules, 2008. The high court has already ordered the law faculty to comply with our 2008 Rules. In fact, Prof Singh has filed a contempt petition against the law faculty. Instead of complying with the BCI rules and the high court's directions, they are filing petitions against the BCI. I am sure the HC will again ask the law faculty to adhere to BCI rules.



HT:

If this stalemate persists, the fate of thousands of law graduate will continue to hang in balance. Where will they go?



BCI chairman:

These students can't be enrolled as advocates so long as their colleges do not adhere to BCI's Legal Education Rules, 2008. They are free to do any other thing. We are not saying they can't do anything. There are cases where students have done LL.B. from some foreign university not recognised by BCI. They are also denies enrolment. To be enrolled as an advocate, the law college must have been given affiliation by the BCI.



HT:

How many colleges across India are in violation of the Legal Education Rules, 2008?



BCI chairman:

There are roughly 1,100 law colleges across India. About 60 of them only are not complying with these rules. All the 17 national law universities are following the rules. Why can't Delhi University law faculty? If they have the infrastructure and faculty then why are they so afraid of inspection?



HT:

What is the current state of legal education in India? Has it improved?



BCI chairman:

Of course, it has improved, particularly after the national law universities came on the scene. We are trying to standardize legal education in India by bring in uniformity through the Legal Education Rules, 2008. Even foreign universities have praised our legal education system. But unfortunately, some of the old law colleges, such as the DU law faculty, are not acting in a responsible manner. They must follow these rules.