Commercialisation of Education is Another Bane- Delhi HC Directs BCI to do Surprise Inspection of Law Colleges

Commercialisation of Education is Another Bane- Delhi HC Directs BCI to do Surprise Inspection of Law Colleges

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High Court opined that “BCI should constitute special expert teams to conduct surprise visits of the colleges that lack minimum infrastructure and adequate facilities. The inspection reports of the colleges teaching law on its website shall be uploaded within one month of such inspection. If any colleges upon such inspection are found to be lacking minimum infrastructural facilities, then the BCI must take immediate steps to close such colleges. This is a much-needed therapy that ought to be introduced to cure the maladies that legal education is suffering from.”

The bench stated that the Commercialization of Education is another bane that the sector in India is suffering from. One such manifestation of profiteering in this noble profession is in the form of enrolling additional students in each coming batch without upgrading the existing infrastructure.

High Court observed that the classes or any educational activity cannot be allowed to function in the basement. It can only be used for parking purposes. DHE has rightly granted the NOC for admission of 85 students in the course of BA LLB to the petitioner institute based on the recommendation of the JAC reports.

In view of the above, the bench rejected the petition.

Case Title:  New Millennium Education Society & Anr. v. Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University & Anr.

Bench: Justice Chandra Dhari Singh 

Case No.: W.P.(C) 7329/2018 & CM APPL. 33620/2022

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The Delhi HC on Friday stated that BCI should constitute special expert teams to conduct surprise visits of the colleges that lack minimum infrastructure and adequate facilities.

The bench of Justice Chandra Dhari Singh was dealing with the petition filed directing Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University to allocate 110 seats to the Ideal Institute of Management & Technology with respect to BA LLB Five Years’ Integrated Course for Academic Sessions 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-23.

In this case, It is the case of the petitioner that the respondents have reduced their number of seats with the explanation that the Joint Assessment Committee in its report has recommended an intake of 85 students in the BA LLB course.

The JAC in its report for the academic session 2019-20 recommended 85 seats. In the JAC report, the total built-up space available for conducting the concerned programme was stated to be 3267.45 square metres excluding the basement. 

As per Unified Building Bye-Laws, 2016 petitioner no. 2 is entitled to have its basement area counted in the built-up space to be considered in the JAC report.

The issue for consideration before the bench was:

Whether the area of the basement can be used for educational purposes and hence, be included in the total FAR?

The bench found that the condition of legal education including the status of infrastructure is nothing but worrying. There are law colleges where you may not have sufficient faculty, no classrooms, no library, etc. It is unfortunate that this Court is being constrained to remark that there are law colleges where you have to just go and pay the fees, the rest is taken care off. It is surprising to state how can a legal profession or how can we as stakeholders of legal education tolerate this kind of situation. It is a great responsibility cast upon the Bar Council of India to shut down such institutions.

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Commercialisation of Education is Another Bane- Delhi HC Directs BCI to do Surprise Inspection of Law Colleges

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High Court opined that “BCI should constitute special expert teams to conduct surprise visits of the colleges that lack minimum infrastructure and adequate facilities. The inspection reports of the colleges teaching law on its website shall be uploaded within one month of such inspection. If any colleges upon such inspection are found to be lacking minimum infrastructural facilities, then the BCI must take immediate steps to close such colleges. This is a much-needed therapy that ought to be introduced to cure the maladies that legal education is suffering from.”

The bench stated that the Commercialization of Education is another bane that the sector in India is suffering from. One such manifestation of profiteering in this noble profession is in the form of enrolling additional students in each coming batch without upgrading the existing infrastructure.

High Court observed that the classes or any educational activity cannot be allowed to function in the basement. It can only be used for parking purposes. DHE has rightly granted the NOC for admission of 85 students in the course of BA LLB to the petitioner institute based on the recommendation of the JAC reports.

In view of the above, the bench rejected the petition.

Case Title:  New Millennium Education Society & Anr. v. Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University & Anr.

Bench: Justice Chandra Dhari Singh 

Case No.: W.P.(C) 7329/2018 & CM APPL. 33620/2022

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