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Students of the general category are now facing a tough competition ahead. Unlike previous years, the total number of 2,310 seats this year is inclusive of the supernumerary categories, which were reserved for:

  • Students with physical disabilities,
  • Children of war widows
  • Foreign nationals

This has been announced through a notification issued by the university on July 7. Hence, there will be only be 1,033 seats for general category students this year.

Previously, there were 2,310 seats in place which were meant for students in the unreserved category as well as Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes. The 310 supernumerary were separated from this. The new notification was announced days after the tussle between the Bar Council of India (BCI) and the Delhi University Law Faculty. The judgement then stated that the varsity must admit 2,310 students this academic session as opposed to BCI’s order of admitting only 1,440 students.

Earlier this year, the BCI stated the university cannot admit more than 1,440 students and that the university must comply with the Legal Education Rules, 2008, and place a limit on the number of students. The case then reached the Delhi High Court, wherein the university was allowed to admit 2,310 students for the LLB programme.

Hence, this year, the general category will have 1,033 seats as compared to 1,167 till last year. Now due to the reduction of seats for unreserved category, those in the reserved category will also face a slash number of seats reserved. The break up has been decided upon as:

  • OBC: reduction of seats from 623 to 552
  • SCs: reduction of seats from 347 to 307
  • STs: reduction of seats from 173 to 153

No details have yet been revealed on how the seats will be divided between the three centres: the Campus Law Centre, Law Centre-I and Law Centre-II.


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The Bar Council of India (BCI), in a notice to Delhi University, has asked the university to shut down its evening colleges due lack of proper quality of legal education. The university has been asked to issue a notification that no admissions will be permitted for evening classes from the next year. The Council declared that such programmes do not ensure proper quality of legal education.

“Taking into account that proper quality of legal education cannot be ensured if classes are run during evening and night hours, the Bar Council of India has taken a policy decision to dispense with the evening colleges. Two of your colleges are running classes beyond 9 pm which is in violation of the BCI directive. Whatever may have been the reason for running these colleges, the same cannot be permitted henceforth,” said a BCI directive to DU.

In view of the university’s failure to seek timely extension of the affiliation of its three centres, Campus Law Centre, Law Centre -I and Law Centre -II, the BCI, in 2014, had decided to derecognise the university’s 3 year LLB course. However, it was granted provisional extension for the session 2014-15 after the university proposed a shift to a new building which it claimed had adequate space for effective functioning.

But when the Council inspected the new facility, it found that amidst fresh violations the earlier irregularities had not been attended to. Following this, it issued a fresh notice demanding explanation for admitting more than the permitted number of students, lack of infrastructure and faculty.

The university has been given four weeks to sort out the anomalies and asked to send an undertaking of compliance with rules rectifying the same.

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Arindam Goswami

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The Bar Council of India (BCI) has issued a show-cause notice to the Faculty of Law, Delhi University, on account of multiple illegalities, including: students exceeding permissible limits, lack of infrastructure and faculty to name a few. The BCI, which is the apex regulatory authority of legal education in the country, had decided in 2014 to de-recognise DU’s law course due to delay in extension of affiliation of its three law centres: Campus Law Centre, Law Centre-I and Law Centre-II.

This notice has come as a fresh trouble for Law Faculty after another inspection by a committee headed by the former Chief Justice of Patna High Court L. Narasimha Reddy. The panel reported that, the Law Faculty had just 20 classrooms instead of 100 for the 5000-plus strength of students it has. With this, it had been functioning with an ad-hoc faculty for the last 15 years. The college also increased its intake by 54 percent, which is considerably higher in comparison to the permissible 27 percent.

“The panel has stated that the Faculty of Law must arrange for 100 classrooms to accommodate the present strength. This apart from other requirements such as library, tutorial rooms, common rooms, moot courts etc.”, said the BCI communication to the University, as reported by The Economic Times.

The Faculty of Law was granted provisional extension of affiliation in 2014 when DU had proposed to shift to a new building which it claimed had adequate space for the faculty to run properly. However, with the illegalities left un-amended, the Law Faculty has been demanded to come up with quick action to keep the credibility of its course intact.

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Arushi Pathak
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