Students in a fix after DU law seats reduced to 1440 from 2310

first_imgTill the decision on the reduction of seats for Law courses is finalised, the Delhi High Court has asked the Delhi University’s Law Centre to invite applications for this year’s course for 1,440 seats.The High Court is hearing a plea moved by the Law Centre against the Bar Council of India that has reduced the number of seats to 1,440 from 2,310. The move comes as a big jolt for the prospective candidates owing to the growing popularity of the course as well as the faculty.With the rising popularity of the law course and the faculty of Delhi University’s Law Centre, the move has come as a jolt to the prospective candidates and makes the entry into the premier institution difficult.PIL FILEDThe court was hearing a PIL filed by lawyer Joginder Kumar Sukhija, who has claimed that a large number of students, especially those who have done their graduation, would be affected if the seats were reduced.The petitioner has also said by reducing the seats, public money, which is used to provide grant to the varsity, was not being put tooptimal use.The PIL has sought a direction to strike down Rule 5 A, claiming it was arbitrary, capricious and violative of fundamental rights.Under Rule 5 A, the number of seats per college or centre is capped at 300 which would come to a total of 900 seats for DU’s three law centres. However, this limit can be relaxed under the exception clause. The court on June 5 had asked BCI why it had settled on a figure of 1,440 seats for DU’s law faculty and not 2,000. The Bar council of India listed several issues like poor infrastructure, inadequate number of teachers and other facilities as a reason for taking this step.advertisementIDEAL STUDENT-TEACHER RATIOVed Kumari, Law faculty dean of the Delhi University said the centre has been working on strengthening the infrastructure of the centre and that the recruitment of the faculty members was under process as well that would improve student-teacher ratio to 1:19, as compared to the present scenario which 1:41.As per Bar Council of India, the ideal ratio is 1:40. “The national policy is to increase access to education. The Delhi University contributes to this goal by providing affordable and quality legal education students from all across the country. “The decrease in the seats will push students to take up law course in private universities that are indeed expensive,” she told MAIL TODAY. Bar council of India regulates the provision of legal education in Indian universities.INCREASE IN APPLICATIONS EVERY YEARProfessor Vikas Kumar, who is in the admission committee for the Law centre, said, “Every year there is an increase in the number of applications we receive for the limited number of seats. The cut in the seats is a setback for the course. It is going to have a long-lasting impact on the students who seek their career in law.”Every year DU witnesses at least 10 per cent increase in application for Law courses. Last year, DU received as much as 23,000 applications.Bar council of India had also reduced seats for the Law course in Allahabad university and Benaras Hindu University.Also Read:DU Admissions 2017 begin today at All you need to know DU Admissions 2017: Sports quota weightage increased to 60 per centlast_img

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