After the Bar Council of India re-recognized the DU’s law course, taught at its three centres, namely Campus Law Centre, Law Centre1 and Law Centre2, the Delhi University Law Faculty Dean Professor Ashwani Kumar Bansal wrote a letter to the Bar Council of India on September 25.
The Dean expressed shock about the drastic step that has been taken by Bar Council of India. The letter in its first line only, highlights the points that letters written by BCI in 2012 were sent to them in 2014 only. The letter also stresses upon the point that the University is a world class institution and that such a step by the Bar Council has serious consequences for students.
The dean also wrote that, “Please note that I as a Head and Dean, Faculty of law and my superior officers PVC and VC are seized of the matter and are contemplating all steps suggested by you including application for affiliation by December 31, 2014.”
The letter also talks about the fact that Faculty of law is an age-old institution, established in 1924with Centre I and Centre II coming up thereafter. The letter also highlights that faculty of law employs more than 150 persons as faculty. It also has more than 20 guest faculty. The raising of the attendance to a minimum 70 percent has also been highlighted in the letter.
In addition, the letter mentions the strong academic culture Law Faculty has and the positions its alumni have reached. However, the dean mentions that such a letter by the Bar Council of India should have been written to the Vice Chancellor, instead of Law Centres.
At the same time, the letter assures full cooperation and says that all remedial measure will be taken.
Finally asking for relief regarding the point that law graduates from DU Law Faculty cannot be enrolled as advocates now, the Dean write, “I by this letter request you to revise the advice to the State Bar Councils and withdraw the non-eligibility directive for enrolment as an advocate from 2013-14 urgently and continue with registration as advocate of all pass out LL.B students from DU.”
The Dean also assured the Bar Council that they would come back to it for affiliation and inspection in ‘near future’.
Read the Letter here