In a strategic move for the upcoming elections, ABVP led DUSU submitted a memorandum to HRD ministry on Thursday, August 11 asking them to intervene in scrapping the evening classes for law courses that were put up by the Bar Council of India (BCI).
Satender Awana, DUSU President said that this has been a critical issue for a long time. As per prospectus, there were 2400 seats which have been cut down to half this number on the suggestion of the BCI. This has left the enrolled students in a fix.
Awana also added that on speaking to BCI, it said that if the university gives responsibility to upgrade the infrastructure within a year then it reconsiders the recommendations.
A memorandum that addresses the issue has been submitted to the HRD ministry and Vice Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi. The same issue has been put up by other youth political groups including ABVP, AISA and NSUI.
The BCI has asked DU to close the evening shift colleges offering law courses on grounds of the report that mentioned the poor infrastructure and quality of education in these evening colleges that offer law courses.
Currently, 800 students are enrolled in the evening DU colleges offering law courses.
In 2014, BCI had scraped the recognition of the Law courses offered at DU on the university’s failure to get affiliation for its three centers within time i.e. Law Centre-I, Law Centre-II, and Campus Law Centre.
A provisional extension of affiliation was granted for the session 2014-15 when DU recommended that the college will shift to a new building that according to the university had enough space for the faculty to run properly.
In the recent inspection done by a BCI panel, it was discovered that not only were the previous issues of policy violation left unaddressed but also fresh violations were reported.
As a result, the BCI issued a show-cause notice directing the university to explain the ‘illegalities’ in the functioning such as intake of students beyond the permissible strength, lack of infrastructure and faculty.