Even as the Bombay high court (HC) has served a notice to Bar Council of India (BCI), law aspirants are anxious that it may adversely impact the admission process which has been delayed by several weeks.
“I don’t think that the BCI will speed up the approval process after the notice. The petitioners should have filed the public interest litigation (PIL) a little earlier. It will now only add to the mess and create further confusion. It will not help in any way,” said Shubham Kulkarni, an aspirant.
This year, for the first time, the government had decided to conduct a common entrance test (CET) for five-year and three-year LLB courses, and conduct admissions through the CAP. Around 30,000 aspirants took the exam for about 21,000 seats across the state.
The initial admission schedule has been revised multiple times due to numerous administrative and legal hurdles. The latest hurdle came from the BCI, which refused to approve 64 out of 128 law colleges in the state, citing violations. The colleges, which didn’t have the sufficient number of teachers, were asked to recruit additional faculty, while those colleges which didn’t seek BCI’s approval in last few years were asked to pay fines, in order to be part of admission process.
On Thursday, the state Common Entrance Test (CET) cell issued a revised schedule indicating that the first list of college allotments will be released on Monday; even though, the BCI is unlikely to change the status of law colleges, awaiting approval before Tuesday. This means that, aspirants may not get a seat in one any of the ‘unapproved’ colleges, including Government Law College, Churchgate, and some of the other sought-after institutes in the city in the first round of admissions.
“If such a thing happens, it will aggravate our problems”, said Kulkarni.