Five Mumbai law colleges may be left out of BCI’s ‘eligible’ list

Earlier, the state Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell noticed anomalies in several colleges when they were asked to register with the BCI.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: August 16, 2016 12:38:03 am

THE BAR Council of India (BCI) will share a list of colleges eligible to admit students to the academic year 2016-17 on Tuesday, after a delay of 10 days. The list may exclude 20 colleges— five from Mumbai— singled out for not having due recognition from the BCI, the apex body governing all law colleges in India, said sources in the BCI.

Earlier, the state Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell noticed anomalies in several colleges when they were asked to register with the BCI.

While law colleges in the state need to be affiliated to a private or public university as well as the BCI, the CET Cell found that some of the colleges were not recognised by the BCI. Following this, the state CET Cell had approached the BCI to scrutinise the colleges and prepare a list of eligible colleges.

While the list was to be sent to the CET Cell by August 6, it has been delayed by 10 days. According to sources in the BCI, around 20 of the 138 law colleges in the state may face derecognition by the BCI, which may also decide to ban these colleges from admitting students this year. In a meeting on Friday, too, the BCI had picked out around 20 colleges for further scrutiny after it was found that the colleges were not meeting the apex body’s criteria for admissions.

A standing committee member had then said that the scrutiny would not be ‘too stringent’ as the BCI wanted maximum number of colleges to get recognised.

Some of these colleges had earlier been asked by the BCI to apply for recognition but the colleges had failed to do so. “Although these unrecognised colleges had been barred from admissions by the BCI, the colleges would continue with the admissions,” said a law professor in the city. Last year, too, the BCI had banned 10 colleges that had defied the apex body and went ahead with admissions.

This year, however, the state and the BCI have taken a stricter stand with a common entrance test and a centralised admission process. The state’s maiden common entrance test and admission process, too, has faced flak from law aspirants as well as professors owing to the delay. The delay in the admission process has left aspirants confused.

Academicians, on the other hand, are worried about how to complete the academic term on time as a revised schedule says that session will start only by mid-October.

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