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High Court calls DU’s treatment of Faculty of Law ‘step-motherly’

The bench told the DU counsel that the university had a negative 'attitude' and 'seemed to treat CLC as different from the university'.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi |
March 5, 2015 4:13:46 am

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday pulled up Delhi University (DU) for its “step-motherly treatment” towards the Faculty of Law, after taking note of a report by the Bar Council of India (BCI) regarding lack of proper infrastructure and faculty.

“Most of those in the court room, and many judges, have graduated from the Law Faculty. Can we allow the Law Faculty to be shut down?” the bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S  Endlaw said.

They referred to news reports stating that the Bar Council’s inspection panel had recommended shutting down the Faculty if the shortcomings were not overcome.

The court expressed its ire after senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, who is representing Law Faculty student Tarun Narang in the PIL, said the current infrastructure of the Faculty violated the BCI Legal Education Rules.

Luthra also said the new building proposed by DU for the Faculty would not meet education standards.

“They are proposing to shift the Faculty from the present three acre campus to a 1.5 acre building and merge all three centres into one. How can the small building accommodate 7,500 students?” Luthra said.

The bench then told the DU counsel that the university had a negative “attitude” and “seemed to treat CLC as different from the university”.

“There is step-motherly treatment towards the Faculty which is obvious,” the bench said.

The court has now asked the university to comply with the BCI’s Legal Education norms and to file a detailed reply by next week in the case.
The case will now be heard by the bench that is already hearing a PIL filed by former Law Faculty dean S N Singh regarding lack of proper facilities at CLC.

In a report submitted to the BCI in January, the inspection panel had pointed out several shortcomings in the infrastructure and faculty of the three centres of the Law Faculty.

It had also recommended that admissions of students for 2015-16 should only be done if the problems are rectified.

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