Inspection Teams of Senior Advocates being constituted for the purpose.
To revamp the legal education system in the country, the Bar Council of India (BCI) has planned to crack down on all the fake colleges operating across the country. This step comes in the backdrop of numerous complaints BCI has received, highlighting an increase in the no. of fake institutions.
A fine of at least ₹3 lakh may be imposed on institutes with infrastructural lapse or furnishing wrong information to acquire Bar Council of India recognition.Such colleges have come under the scanner of BCI following its verification drive of lawyers’ degrees.
The verification drive was conducted as the no. of lawyers possessing fake degrees was suspected to have increased. Bar Council’s Legal Education Committee, in its meeting which took place last week, has decided to conduct surprise inspections at the fake law colleges.
A resolution was also passed at the meeting last week, authorising BCI Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra, also a senior advocate, to constitute inspection teams.
It mooted that there should be at least 1 faculty for every 20 students.
Inspection team would comprise a former HC judge, a senior advocate or an advocate with experience of at least 25 years. The team would also include 1 or 2 professors of institutions offering 3 & 5 year programmes respectively.
A flying squad would also be formed to supervise the work of this inspection team. It would comprise of 1 or 2 former HC judges and professors from the National Law schools.