Several law aspirants scoring higher ranks in the firstever LLB common entrance test (CET) in the state now stare at an uncertain future with most top colleges in Mumbai facing action from the Bar Council of India (BCI) for not adhering to the norms. Some students claim to have withdrawn their admissions elsewhere after scoring a good CET rank. Others want the state to declare the list of eligible institutions soon to help them to make a choice and start the admission process.
“Government Law College is obviously the top choice of students in the state as well as outside it. Now we get to know the Bar Council has debarred it from admissions. Why are these complications coming at a time when the state should have actually wrapped up admissions,“ asked P Daga, a student. He added the colleges are functioning without approved teachers for several years now. “The state government is not sanctioning additional posts in the colleges. Why should students suffer in the fight between the government and BCI?“ he asked.
Several students continue to approach colleges to seek clarity over the delay in admissions as the state’s CET cell has stopped updating the site after the final merit list was out on August 21.
Chandrashekhar Oak, commissioner, state’s CET cell, said they will come out with a new schedule once the BCI gives them the updated list of eligible institutions on Monday . Another official said they have no other option but to wait for the BCI as it is the first time the state is conducting a centralised admission process for law colleges.The official said it was not possible to start admissions with just 50% of institutions.
The BCI got involved with the centralised law admissions on the direction of the Bombay High Court, by July end. Only 63 of the 127 colleges in the state managed to get the BCI’s nod in the first list.
Hindustan News 28/08/2016: http://epaper.livehindustan.com/