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“Decision for disaffiliation taken during Expert Committee meeting”

Kavita Kishore
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Students, staff refute Pondicherry University’s claim that disaffiliation is considered due to Dr. Ambedkar Law College’s lapses in its running

The staff and students of Dr. Ambedkar Law College allege that they have been “unfairly victimised” by Pondicherry University.

They say that the university has already given in writing that it will not grant affiliation to the college for the LLM course and the decision was taken much before the inspection.

The university had earlier said that an inspection committee found several lapses in the running of the college, and hence wished to remove affiliation to the masters programme.

The students of the college visited Lieutenant Governor Virendra Kataria and handed him a letter saying the decision will “affect the poor students of Puducherry since they will not receive sufficient reservation in the new course”.

According to one of the senior faculty of the college, the decision to remove affiliation for the LLM course was taken during the Expert Committee meeting on PG studies in law, to set the guidelines for introduction of the one year LLM degree by the university.

Meeting held

on April 11

The meeting was held between Vice Chancellor of Pondicherry University Chandra Krishnamurthy, Chairman of the Menon Institute of Legal Advocacy N.R. Madhava Menon and Vice Chancellor of the National Law University of India R. Venkata Rao on April 11 this year.

The minutes of the meeting state, “the PG studies in Law will, henceforth, be offered only in the University and not in any affiliated college”.

“The students who are admitted into LLM during 2012-13 in affiliated colleges may be allowed to continue in the second year to complete the course,” the minutes state.

The university has also given in writing that no admission should be made for the LLM course for the college.

“Continuation of provisional/ permanent affiliation for the existing four LLM courses is not being considered from this year 2013-14. Hence no admission is to be made for these LLM courses by the college,” a letter from the Registrar to the principal of the college on June 17 says.

LLM courses

The LLM courses listed are the LLM in International Law, Constitutional Law and Human Rights Law, which has permanent affiliation from the university; Labour, Industrial Relations, Administrative Law; Crime and Tort Law, and Business Law, which have provisional affiliation.

BCI’s approval

On the issue of non-compliance with rules set by Bar Council of India, the college is not eligible to apply for inspection from the BCI until an affiliation order is received from the university. When the university is not willing to grant affiliation, there is no question of approval from Bar Council, the faculty member said.

Further, the law college authorities have written to the government requesting that they take steps to rectify the shortcomings pointed out by the university. The law college is under the control of Department of Law and so far the department has not written back to the university, even though they have received a letter from the college requesting action over one month ago.

Courses which apply

These points of contention, however, apply to the granting of affiliation for the three and five-year LLB programmes. The three-year programme is under provisional affiliation and the five-year programme is under permanent affiliation with the university.

So far there had been no notification of disaffiliation. If the college managed to rectify problems, the university would definitely continue its affiliation

Chandra Krishnamurthy

Vice Chancellor, Puducherry University

The minutes of the meeting state, “the PG studies in Law will, henceforth, be offered only in the university and not in any affiliated college”.

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