While Pune University and other private law colleges in Pune are up in arms against the Bar Council of India’s (BCI) decision to introduce age limit for admissions to law courses,A R Lakshmanan,chairman of Law Commission of India on Saturday said that the rule is justified and all colleges must abide by it.
Speaking to The Indian Express,Lakshmanan said,This decision taken by the BCI and all colleges -be it government or private law colleges,must strictly follow. He added that once the rule is made,it is supposed to be followed,not objected. Justifying his statement,Lakshmanan cited the retirement age limit stipulated for every profession.
By restricting admissions for students above a certain age to law courses,the BCI must be ensuring younger minds into the profession, he said. Lakshmanan was present at Bharati Vidyapeeth’s New Law College to deliver a talk on Women and Law.
The BCI has restricted students from open category above 30 years of age and those belonging to SC/ST above 35 years of age to take admission for LLB (old syllabus). Similarly,students from open category above 20 years of age and those from SC/ST above 22 years of age can no longer take admission for BA LLB course.
Advocate Sureshchandra Bhosale,dean of law faculty,University of Pune (UoP) said that the decision is arbitrary and unconstitutional. The UoP had also written to the BCI in February last week demanding the withdrawal of this decision. Student organisations too have been staging a protest on the university campus for over a month now.
Vaijayanti Joshi,principal,ILS Law College said that many professionals like insurance agents,bank professionals or journalists take up law courses at a late age to get added knowledge of the rules related to their professions. As there are no special courses designed,they have to take admission for the full-time law course,she said. Opposing the BCI’s decision,Advocate Asim Sarode said,Education is a fundamental right of every Indian citizen and it should not be restricted to age.
The Bharati Vidyapeeth’s New Law College has become one of the 16 law colleges in the country to register with the Supreme Court of India. Principal of the College Mukund Sarda said on Saturday that after Symbiosis Law School,this is the only college from Pune to register with the SC. “This will enable students to take up internship in Supreme Court Of India,” Sarda said.