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Bar Council of India derecognises Delhi University's law course

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Bar Council of India derecognises Delhi University

New Delhi: In an unprecedented move, Bar Council of India (BCI), has decided to derecognise DU's law course. The BCI is the apex regulatory body for law education and the legal profession in India.

This decision of the BCI has left the law graduates who passed out this year from DU staring at an uncertain future.

It means students admitted in these centres from 2011-12 onwards won't be eligible to be enrolled as advocates and can't practice.

The BCI announced its decision through a letter sent to the vice chancellor of DU and to all state bar councils, including that of Delhi.

"In absence of extension of approval of affiliation of these law centres, the students who were admitted in the sessions 2011-12 onward and passed out from the academic year 2013-14 are not eligible for enrollment as advocates. You are therefore advised to take appropriate action with regard to these law centres and inform BCI about steps taken in this regard immediately," the BCI letter to DU says.

According to resources, the regulatory body was forced to act after DU failed to respond to its repeated reminders on extension of affiliation beyond the the academic year 2010-11.

"In spite of the said communication the law centres have not applied to the council for extension of approval of affiliation," BCI has added saying Legal Education Rules 2008 have not been followed by DU, inviting de-recognition.

BCI decided to amend the rules to ensure periodic inspection of such centres on student intake, infrastructure, facilities and timings. Confirming they have received instructions from BCI, Bar Council of Delhi secretary Punit Mittal said, "Since DU failed to obtain extension of affiliation from academic year 2011-12 onwards therefore the BCI had passed a resolution directing all state BCs including Delhi that candidates from these law centres are not eligible for enrollment. The same applies to candidates joining the law courses 2011-12 onwards."

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