After days of uncertainty regarding their future, the recent graduates of Delhi University’s Faculty of Law may rest easy. The university has finally sent its application for inspection and affiliation, under the Legal Education Rules, to the Bar Council of India (BCI). Sources at the BCI confirmed that they received the application on Wednesday.
“The applications were prepared last week but due to various holidays, the bank drafts could be completed only this week. We hope that the matter will now be put to rest,” Law Faculty Dean Ashwani Kumar Bansal said.
On September 22, the BCI has informed Delhi University and all state Bat Councils in writing that the affiliation of the Faculty with the BCI had expired in 2010 and the university had failed to file an application for inspection and extension of affiliation. The BCI had also stated that it had received complaints that the faculty was not complying with the Legal Education Rules of 2008, and did not have proper infrastructure or adequate teacher-student ratio.
The BCI had also directed that the batch of students which graduated this year would not be eligible to be enrolled as advocates as the three law centres run by the Faculty of Law were not affiliated to the BCI. Though the university had initially raised objections to the notice sent by the BCI, it had then agreed to file the application and pay the inspection fee.
“We have received three applications from the three law centres today. After scrutiny of applications, we will fix a date for inspection,” BCI secretary J R Sharma said.
According to the procedure, the three centres — Campus Law Centre, Law Centre-I and Law Centre-II have filed separate applications for inspection and affiliation, with detailed information regarding infrastructure, faculty strength, qualification of faculty members, library facilities, student strength, etc.
The Bar Council, after scrutiny of application, will send a five-member team consisting of BCI members, an academic expert, a retired High Court judge and a representative of the Bar Council of Delhi to inspect the centres. Depending on the findings of the committee, the BCI may grant affiliation or give a conditional affiliation, asking the university to comply with all rules and make up any deficiencies.
BCI Chairman Biri Singh Sinsinwar said since the issue involves the “careers of students” the inspection committee is likely to be constituted within a week.
“We will ensure that the process is completed as soon as possible,” he said.