A team from the Bar Council of India (BCI), including the Delhi Bar Council chairman, on Tuesday inspected Delhi University Law Faculty’s three centres, holding detailed interactions with students and teachers, and surveying the entire campus.
The Law Faculty may get a new campus soon, accommodating the three law centres currently operating out of different buildings, with the university submitting a proposal in the High Court for shifting the faculty to a building located adjacent to the present building.
Additionally, the faculty has amended its attendance requirements and course content, in order to make it compliant with BCI requirements. “Current batch of first-year students will be required to have 70 per cent aggregate attendance and 65 per cent attendance in each paper. Besides, we will now have 46 courses, of which a student would be required to complete at least 32. This has already been vetted by the necessary ordinances and statutes of the university,” Ashwani Kumar Bansal, Dean and Head, Law Faculty, told Newsline.
Faculty officials also gave a detailed presentation to the visiting officials, elaborating on infrastructure, faculty strength, qualification of faculty members, student strength etc. According to officials, the BCI, in its report, may point out lack of infrastructure and lack of permanent teaching staff. “Appointment of permanent teachers hasn’t taken place in the faculty since 2005, because the university has, since then, not recruited any permanent teachers. As far as infrastructure is concerned, the university was supposed to provide a new campus building that’s still not complete. We can move there as soon as the construction’s over,” Bansal said. The BCI team scrutinised attendance sheets, course material and urged students to tell them about the problems they face at campus. The Law Faculty was in news recently when the BCI, the apex regulatory body for legal education and the legal profession in India, derecognised DU’s law course after it failed to seek timely extension of affiliation of its three centres.