Bar Council to protest against new education super regulator
The Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana High Court has appealed to the district courts of Punjab and Haryana and also the Punjab and Haryana High Court to remain closed on July 11 and 12 in protest against the new education super regulator proposed by the central government.
All districts courts and the High Court are likely to remain closed on July 11 and 12. The strike has been reportedly called by the Bar Council of India (BCI) and will be an All India strike.
At the root of the controversy is the Higher Education and Research Bill,2011,which seeks to set up an overarching national body to regulate all streams of higher,vocational,technical and professional education,except medicine and agriculture.
However,the proposed National Commission for Higher Education and Research will frame guidelines on research in medicine.
The Law Ministry sees the legislation – tabled in the Rajya Sabha on December 28 – as an attempt by the Ministry of Human Resource Development to impose the regulator on it. Under the existing system,the BCI deals with legal education and professional standards under the Advocates Act,1961.