DRAFT PETITION: B.C.I Should Create an All India Law Students Grievance Redressal Authority (LASGRA)

This is a draft petition and will be put on Change.org soon.

Comments and inputs are welcome.

This will be a long battle and we’ll proceed only after such democratic consultations.

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The Petition (Draft Version. Will be put on Change.org soon)

Law students of any country are an asset.

With words, both written and spoken, be it in Courts of Law, in Public Spaces or in the Legislatures, law students, can positively impact the public discourse and policy making in a country.

Unfortunately, their voices are being stifled at the very places they ought to be nurtured.

Law students in India have wide-ranging serious complaints against the law schools/colleges they are studying in.

The complaints range from issues like bad mess food and low internet connectivity to allegations that the top-most law school administrators are indulging in mal-practices and infringing the fundamental rights of the students.

This is to petition the Bar Council of India (BCI) to create a a two pronged Grievance Redressal Body for law students in India.

The first arm of the Body shall be the Law School Grievance Redressal Cell (GRC) which gives power to the students within a particular law school to voice their concerns to the college’s VC/Dean/Registrar and get them resolved.

The second arm of the Body shall be the higher authority regulated by an Official of the BCI itself, the All India Law Students Grievance Redressal Authority (LASGRA), which the law students can approach if their law school’s Grievance Redressal Cell fails to perform.

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  1. Dear Tanuj,

    Idea is good but you must keep following caveats:
    Most of the good campuses are suffering from democracy deficit, even majority of the Indian parents are apprehensive of activism of their wards in campuses. So if you plan to suggest Law School Grievance Redressal Cell (GRC) at local or university level it may not work as it will become very tough for the office bearers to remain independent due physical proximity with the administration. Further: if you insist for student representation in GRC, Such student representative shall always have the risk of victimization in the hands of (unscrupulous) administration. As such I think best course would be to suggest: State Level/regional grievance committees (instead of at college level) having independent nominees from State, Bar, Administration and students. Students of each University may nominate/elect one representative to the Cell and such representative may further nominate/elect 1-2 of them as Student representative at national level in LASGRA.

  2. Fantastic idea! But a PIL should be filed. It is great to see Lawctopus doing activist journalism and trying to take up student grievances. You will certainly trounce rival websites if you do such stories. Your rivals are in bed with the authorities and have no guts. They are fast losing popularity

  3. Avinash Singh says:

    We need to proceed by a plan of action which needs a support of majority law students either to persuade or pressurize the BCI and Government to form such authority. Practically speaking, this is a strong step towards a new movement against the Universities and law colleges which in turn will result in protest from these education hubs and therefore be ready for the ill consequences also. Draft petition must be circulated on national level and also a committee of students from various law schools must also be formed having a majority representation from the respective college which will be a democratic way for the movement.

  4. The UGC has provided guidelines on students’ entitlements listing the rights students can enjoy while studying in a college/University. The formation of a Grievance Redressal Committee, is also one of them. The report as published in The Hindu, can be accessed here: http://www.thehindu.com/features/education/college-and-university/ugc-guidelines-clarify-what-to-expect-from-a-college/article4822804.ece

  5. I think it is a great idea. Administrations have grown into tyrannical structures under oblivious State Governments. There is certainly a need to introduce institutions which can check abuse of power. Alongside there is also a need to introduce a system to ensure Law Schools are completely autonomous structures making them alike IIT’s and IIM’s thereby severing the influence of capricious State Governments.

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