The woes of Delhi University’s Faculty of Law students are set to increase with the Bar Council of India (BCI) submitting its inspection report of the three Law Centres, giving a scathing indictment of the infrastructure and the way the faculty is being run.
The BCI had sent a showcause notice to Delhi University in January, stating that the affiliation of the university is approved only till the 2014-15 session and seeking DU’s response within eight weeks. Sources at the BCI said the university has not responded so far.
“We are of the view that the Campus Law Centre should be closed down, but seeing the career of the students as well as the reputation of the university, a lenient view may be taken,” the report said in its conclusion. The same conclusion can be found in the reports given for Law Centre-I and Law Centre-II.
The recommendations go on to state that students enrolled in the university in 2014-15 would be given a “conditional temporary approval of affiliation” subject to the university fulfilling several conditions.
The seven member inspection committee was headed by retired Rajasthan High Court Judge V S Dave, and included Vice-Chancellor of National Law University Ranbir Singh, Director of Indian Law Institute Manoj Kumar Sinha, and members of the BCI and Delhi Bar Council. The report was submitted to the High Court in November and was recently given to Delhi University and Law Faculty officials.
“It is made clear that the intake of students from 2015-16 will necessarily depend upon the appointment of adequate faculty as well as improved infrastructure,” the report stated.
The inspection report indicated that the malaise is deeper than just lack of infrastructure. It added that that the problem also lies with a lack of cooperation between the faculty Dean and Delhi University.
“The committee felt anguished at the attitude of the successive deans of the Faculty of Law, who it appears had not been updating the Central office of the University of Delhi and the UGC for over four decades, which has resulted not only in the present state of affairs and but also in poor infrastructure and deteriorating standard on the academic side,” the report said.
The report notes that basic subjects such as moot court and professional ethics were not being taught in the Faculty of Law.
The committee has found that the number of students enrolled in the three centres of the Faculty of Law is also “far more than required” under the UGC and the BCI Rules.