This year the University of Mumbai is experiencing a surge in the number of law registrations, 30,000 students have registered themselves for admission into the law programs including both three year and five year LLB programs but the University does not have sufficient staff. There is a total of 38 law colleges under University of Mumbai and 35 out of them does not even have approved Dean's, 14 of the colleges does not even have a staff of two digits.
Following are the details:
- 3 colleges with approved deans
- 118 assistant professors
- 20 professors
- 4 senior lecturers
- 58 lecturers
- 40 part-time teachers
The reason for such short staff is the rigid and strict rules for appointment of faculty members. The head of the department of law in the university of Mumbai, Rashmi Oza said that the requirements are just too many, to be an approved or a registered law professor one must have a PhD and should have cleared the NET- SET exam and to be an approved Dean one must have at least fifteen years of experience.
She mentioned that there is a very strong need to update the legal education system and that if the rules are going to stay this strict then legal system is going to miss out on some very good teachers.
A law professor, Ashok Yende suggested that rather than finding doctorate professors university should focus on finding good professors. The total staff consists of 518 members and 38 percent of them is visiting faculty and guest lecturers.