Law Course At Mumbai University Has Been Antique

Students Studying An Antique Course
Students studying at Mumbai University affiliated Law colleges have put into notice that the course they are studying is completely Antique. When the issue was directly brought out into light University of Mumbai's ha failed to respond to an RTI query which led to an question mark on the course content that is being taught in the city colleges.

An RTI (Right To Information) which was filed by a law student, Hussain Ali Chandrani, from a city college was directed to college by the university. Hussain had asked the university to give him the complete information on whether the 2008 BCI (Bar Council of India) guidelines on the course structure, faculty and student strength, curriculum set-up and up-gradation of syllabus ere being followed. However, his query was forwarded to the university's affiliated colleges too.


What shall be the reason for this act? Can this be understood as the university's inability to update their syllabus for several years. The BCI has prescribed a more practiced oriented syllabus and has also structured the course well so that students get maximum benefit out of it; he said.

BoS (Board of Studies) member declared that adopting BCI norms is not possible. And said "Aided law colleges are already running into losses. They do not have enough teachers for existing programmes. Law colleges in the city are also dependent on the visiting faculty, who are not available after 10:30 am as they go for practice in court".

An official in order to explain the situation said that upgrading the syllabus by BCI standards is very difficult. "Colleges are worried about the unaided subjects for which they will need additional faculty. If one has to revise the course structure, the state government has to give colleges an assurance to give grants for these courses", she added.

A committee was set up to represent the issue faced by colleges in the implemented of the BCI rules of Legal Education to the minister of higher and technical education. Moreover, a meeting of law college principals was held to discuss the ongoing issue. She added that "Colleges cannot take the extra burden of these new subjects prescribed by the BCI, when running the existing courses itself is a daunting task".

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