The recent meeting which was held on Tuesday in New Delhi between the Bar Council of India (BCI) and law colleges has possibly ushered positive ambiance for millions of students who aspire to pursue law studies in states. The BCI has now granted approval to law colleges to admit students from the current academic session onwards.
However, the BCI had laid certain restrictions for the law colleges to abide by the norms directed by the council. The condition advised by the BCI has two parts which are to be submitted on Wednesday after the colleges had duly acknowledged and agreed to meet all the conditions in 6 to 12 months' time. "The first part is about teacher-student ratio. The government will ensure that Government Law College and all the 44 aided colleges comply with the BCI's requirement of one teacher per 40 students in the next six months," said Sitaram Kunte, Principal Secretary of Higher and Technical Education Department, Maharashtra,
Proper infrastructure and desirable student-teacher ratio
The BCI, which is the regulating body for all law colleges in the country, would act as a watch-dog to ensure the colleges maintain proper infrastructures, student-teacher ratio, and abide by the rules laid down by the council.
A few months ago, several law colleges in Maharashtra were prevented from admitting students for the current academic year by the BCI as they were not able to provide adequate teachers.
"The state has agreed to appoint teachers in all government and government-aided colleges as per BCI norms in six months and would fulfill infrastructure requirements in a year. They will give us an undertaking in a day or two," said one BCI member, Satish Deshmukh
Even the self-financing colleges are compelled to follow the conditions laid down by the council within 6 months' time. "The government will soon issue directions to the colleges to meet the BCI's requirements within the stipulated time period, failing which the colleges will risk losing their approvals," said Sitaram Kunte.
Any colleges failing to meet the conditions within the stipulated time will be levied with fine and will get their registration cancelled if it would be necessary. Meanwhile, the State Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell has announced its provisional allotment list on last Monday.