Nearly two years after the Bar Council of India (BCI) warned that Delhi University’s (DU’s) law faculty could be derecognised, DU is yet to fulfill its promise of upgrading the faculty’s infrastructure.
Last week, the Delhi High Court pulled up the university for failing to take steps to appoint permanent faculty. The court also directed DU to ensure that the new building of the faculty is “completely operational” before the end of June.
The bench of Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice Najmi Waziri pulled up DU after it was informed that basic infrastructure, such as furniture and blackboards, were yet to be installed in the classrooms in the new building. The counsel for the university assured the court that the classrooms would be ready before the next academic session.
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However, the bench noted that the law faculty’s premises had to be inspected by the Bar Council and added, “You can have admissions only after the classrooms are ready… you cannot delay admissions.” The entrance exam is scheduled to be held in the last week of June and the academic session will start in the third week of July.
In January this year, the BCI had issued a fresh show-cause notice to DU regarding its proposed student intake, after reports by the council’s inspection committee stated that the existing infrastructure and faculty strength was not up to the levels specified under the council’s rules. The BCI had issued a show-cause notice again in May over the delay in the upgradation of infrastructure.
The bench also indicated its ire at the delay in appointment of regular teachers in the faculty, after being informed that most of the posts in the faculty were vacant and teachers had been appointed on an ad hoc basis.
The high court has also directed the university to submit a detailed affidavit with timelines for completing the appointment process and has directed it to take steps within three weeks.