Munger-based Bishwanath Singh Institute of Legal Studies (BSILS) and Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University (TMBU), to which the institute is affiliated to, have locked horns over the LLB degree of Delhi’s Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar.
While BSILS said Tomar was enrolled as a “student in 1994 and had dropped a year to finally get the law degree in 1999”, TMBU said the Munger law institute had not yet provided any document to support its claims. TMBU said BSILS, which used to get only temporary affiliation, did not have uninterrupted affiliation between 1994 and 1998 – the period during which Tomar claimed to have got his three-year course degree.
A petition filed in the Delhi High Court has challenged the veracity of Tomar’s law degree.
BSILS principal Dr R K Mishra told The Indian Express, “With TMBU already saying a lot of things against us, it will not be proper for me to say anything publicly. We have got a month’s time to submit related documents in the court. But I can say one thing that Tomar was enrolled as a student in my college.”
BSILS’ head clerk K N Singh said while they had “due affiliations to TMBU” during 1994-98, the university had been saying otherwise. “The entire controversy is over the migration certificate Tomar produced to TMBU.
While Tomar did his graduation from a Faizabad university, he had produced the migration certificate from Bundelkhand university. It is quite possible the student had got enrolled in some course in Bundelkhand university after his graduation. But TMBU finds it improper as admission to our institute should have Faizabad university’s migration certificate. As for us, there is no controversy, but it is TMBU that has taken a stand against us,” Singh said.
Asked if BSILS had affiliation to TMBU during 1994-98, Singh said if there was no affiliation, how did the university allow students to appear for examinations.
Ram Sharan Mishra, one of the founder members of BSILS who taught at the institute until early 1990s, however, said BSILS was “the easiest place for lawyer aspirants across the country to get degrees from. “It was a private college and did not have building in its name to get affiliation for many years until it got its own building and affiliation in 1985. One session used to have 250-300 students. It was the easiest place for people to get law degrees without hassle,” he said.
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