Law graduates who passed out this year from Delhi University (DU) are staring at an uncertain future.
In an unprecedented move, Bar Council of India (BCI), the apex regulatory body for law education and the legal profession in India, has decided to derecognize DU’s law course taught at its three centres, namely Campus Law Centre, Law Centre-1 and Law Centre-2.
This means students admitted in these centres from 2011-12 onwards won’t be eligible to be enrolled as advocates and can’t practice.
However, Professor Ashwani Kumar Bansal, dean, Faculty of Law in DU, said there is no reason for students to panic. “Today itself I have replied to BCI reminding them that they gave us time till December 31 this year to apply for approval. It is not a big issue. We came into existence in 1924 while BCI was born in 1960s. A few years ago they made certain rules and want us to abide by them. I would like to remind everyone that we lead legal education standards in the country. Around 80 of our alumni are judges in various high courts and four adorn the Supreme Court. Before declaring us invalid, look at our track record. We will resolve the issue amiably, students need not worry at all.“