After announcing the ban on Evening law colleges under Delhi University, the Bar Council of India (BCI) moved with stringent action in Maharashtra and shortlisted 24 law colleges of the state as unrecognized. BCI said the admission into these colleges would be barred for this academic year. BCI had released a list of 63 eligible Law colleges to admit students on Wednesday, while the letter also added that the matter of remaining 64 colleges would be placed before BCI’s legal education committee on August 20.
Besides affiliated with the public or private university, a law college should also be recognized with BCI which had become mandatory from 2008. The state CET (Common Entrance Test) cell has found something odd with some colleges when they were asked to get recognized with BCI. Immediately, CET cell has conveyed a message to prepare a list of eligible colleges of the state which lie under the norms of BCI.
BCI has included additional 40 colleges in the state which also violate some norms of BCI like the ratio of students to teachers is not 40:1 and much more. These colleges were told to get the required condition fulfilled otherwise can also get barred like other 24 colleges.
Surprisingly, the list of BCI includes the three popular colleges of Mumbai – KC law college, JC law college and G J Advani law college. These colleges failed to fulfill the basic requirement of 40:1 ratio of students to teachers. However, college authorities urged to not include these colleges, being the famous ones, on the barred list.
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According to an official of BCI, these colleges are government-aided and they have not sanctioned any post for new faculty from past few years instead they have been sending letters for extension every year. These colleges should have a minimum of 22 teachers but there are only three as a permanent and remaining faculty on a clock-hour basis.
Despite being unrecognized, some colleges have enrolled students past year through the individual counselling process. But this year, a Centralized Admission Process (CAP) would be conducted by the state barring colleges to conduct individual counseling process.
As a meeting is going to be held on Saturday to discuss the eligibility of the remaining 40 colleges, all the law colleges are in the midst of the fulfilling the requirements. However, some sources said the scrutinize process won’t be so rigorous to exclude most of the college from the admission process. Also, there is no such news of protest came like in the case of Delhi University.