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Indian Law Society’s Law College: Low placement,lack of infrastructure plague ILS

ILS law college,students say,has failed to evolve with time.

Written by Ardhra Nair |
March 7, 2013 3:07:30 am

Indian Law Society’s Law College,which was once considered at par with the National Law Universities in the country,is today grappling with a series of problems.

Starting from low placement record to lack of infrastructure,the ILS law college,students say,has failed to evolve with time. According to college Principal Vaijayanti Joshi,autonomy is the only way out.

ILS,in 2008,had seen 100 per cent placement. But since then,the scene has not been good. In 2009-10,out of 131 students registered in the college,only 76 got placement. The situation worsened in 2011-12,when out of 131 students,only 60 got placed. This year,out of 105 students registered,20 have been placed so far.

ONGC,which placed a student this year,reportedly complained that the standard of students have deteriorated.

However,the principal of the college refuses to believe that to be a fact. “It can happen that one batch may not perform as good as the other. I had asked for feedback from the companies and ONGC didn’t find the students up to the mark. It could be that their requirement was different and the students who appeared for the interview did not match their profile. Otherwise,I don’t think our standards have gone down,” Joshi said.

“We are still one of the top 10 colleges in India in law education. But comparing ILS with national other law universities is not possible. We are affiliated to the University of Pune. Hence,there are inherent problems with the curriculum,examination and assessment process. We have to work within a framework and in spite of that we are considered good. National Law Universities (NLU) do not have to face such issues,” said Joshi,adding,“From the next year,we will move towards autonomy,” Joshi added.

Agreeing with Joshi,the students said autonomy is what was keeping the potential of institute from not being utilised. “When you compare students here with those in NLU,the potential is quite the same. But they have a better curriculum,their assessment is credit-based and a comprehensive course. They are like IIT’s for law,” said David,a fifth year student of ILS.

According to Alex,another fifth year student,NLUs have one of the best infrastructure and libraries. “The NLU libraries have the best collection of books. I am not saying the collection here is bad but can’t compare them to NLU,” he said. “Secondly,the kind of exposure they get is massive. NLU is like a package where you get everything. NLUs also mostly place their students by fourth year which ILS doesn’t,” said Alex.

Funds are the biggest problem faced by the college today. “We have all the potential to be the best. There are various things that a modern university needs like Wi-Fi connectivity in all classrooms,CCTV cameras for security and latest books and database on law. But all this costs a huge amount. Currently,we subscribe to one database. But in today’s world we need to subscribe to more databases so that the students have plenty to read from and understand,” said Joshi.

Talking about the curriculum and examination,Joshi said there is a need for both qualitative and quantitative change. “Now the focus is on introducing more subjects and not how to teach them. Many important subjects like Private International Law are not yet taught whereas this is the need of the hour,” said Joshi.

“Students now study only for marks. The same questions are repeated every year which they mug up from notes and give the exam. So for the college to excel,all these need to change,” said Joshi.

New library floors lying unused for a year

In June 2012,ILS law college completed the work of two new floors for its library. But since then,the new library has been lying vacant as the occupancy certificate from Pune Municipal Corporation is yet to be received.

“We have submitted all the certificates but we are having a conflict regarding the amount to be paid for obtaining the occupancy certificate.”

The current library is cramped and does not have sitting facility for many students. So it gets crowded during exams,said students. “We have 60,000 law reports and journals plus various other books to be kept once the new section comes up. The new library will also have huge seating arrangement. We hope to resolve the issue soon,” Joshi said.

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