Age limit for law admission under fire

The law faculty of the University of Pune has written to the Bar Council of India,demanding that the council withdraw its decision not to allow candidates aged above 30 to take admission to any law course.

Written by SiddharthKelkar | Pune | Published: February 23, 2009 12:18:41 am

The law faculty of the University of Pune (UoP) has written to the Bar Council of India (BCI),demanding that the council withdraw its decision not to allow candidates aged above 30 to take admission to any law course.

The BCI decision to enforce an age limit for admission to law courses has come under severe criticism from students,teachers and the lawyers’ community. Student organisations have been staging a protest on the university campus for over a month now. They said the BCI could not take such a random decision and they wanted the university to formally register its protest with the council.

The law faculty of the university had convened a meeting of law college principals and faculty members on February 16. “There is much resentment prevailing among the law teachers and this was reflected at the meeting. The meeting resolved to oppose the decision and as a formal protest,the law faculty — on behalf of the UoP — sent a letter to the BCI demanding withdrawal of the decision,” said Sureshchandra Bhosale,dean of the university’s law department.

Even at the recent meeting of the academic council of the university,the members had unanimously opposed the move. “There is no logic behind implementing an age bar for candidates wanting to pursue law courses,” said Vaijayanti Joshi,principal of ILS Law College.

“There is no such age bar for other courses. Many professionals do law course at a late age to get added knowledge of the Acts about their professions. For example,insurance agents or bank professionals take admission for law course. As there are no special courses designed,they have to take admission for the full-time law course. They will not have to go for the regular course if such special courses are introduced,” she said.

Students’ organisations also staged a demonstration on the issue on Friday. “According to the Constitution,education is a fundamental right and no one can put bar on the age for pursuing education. We strongly condemn the BCI decision,” said Dilipsingh Vishwakarma,president of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Sanghatna.

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