Law, HRD ministries lock horns over regulation of legal education

In a debate over the right to regulate the legal education
in India, the apex regulator for legal profession and education, the Bar
Council of India (BCI) has objected to the inclusion of legal education under
the National Commission for Higher Education and Research (NCHER). However,
MHRD had overruled the objections raised by the law ministry.

NCHER will subsume all existing regulatory bodies in
education such as UGC, All India Council for Technical Education and National
Council for Teachers Education to bring transparency in regulating higher

“To meet the emerging
challenges of legal profession and education, a separate independent and
specialised body is required. The law ministry is working towards that and had
assured the parliament in this regard” stated a ministry note signed by law
minister Salman Khurshid on December 1, 2011.

Responding to the development, BCI said, “It is a serious
matter and we view it as an encroachment on our powers. The HRD ministry should
have taken us into confidence,” said BCI chairman Ashok Parija.

“All options are open. We will first talk to the law
ministry, which is our administrative ministry and if required, a call for a
nationwide action, including a strike is not ruled out,” Parija said.

Meanwhile, MHRD is contending that since many law colleges
are being run by universities and excluding them from the ambit of the proposed
council would have defeated the purpose of having a uniform regulator for
higher education.

[Source: Hindustan Times]




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