HC to hear PIL claiming lack of professors in DU's law faculty

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a PIL alleging that Delhi University's Faculty of Law does not have adequate number of professors to teach its law students as compared to other departments of the varsity.

PTI| Updated: Jan 14, 2015, 19:34 PM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a PIL alleging that Delhi University's Faculty of Law does not have adequate number of professors to teach its law students as compared to other departments of the varsity.

A bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva said it will hear on January 21 the plea which claims that the current teacher to student ratio is 1:200 as against 1:15 which is prescribed by the University Grants Commission as well as the Bar Council of India (BCI).

The public interest litigation (PIL) has also claimed that while the university had thrice advertised the vacant faculty positions in 2007, 2009 and 2013, in the last one decade no appointments have been made in the Faculty of Law while large-scale appointments are being made in other departments.

It has also said that all the vacant faculty positions were not advertised by the university.

The petition filed by Ashok Kumar, through advocate S N Singh, has said that at present even the student strength in each classroom of the law faculty is exceeding the limit of 60 as prescribed by BCI.

It has alleged that the lack of action on the part of the university has lead to "considerable deterioration in the standard of legal education" in the law faculty.

Kumar has claimed that the last advertisement issued on October 23, 2013 will expire in next five months, and has sought directions to the university to immediately start the process for holding selection committee meetings to fill up the advertised positions.

He has also sought directions to fill up not only all the posts as advertised on October 23, 2013, but also all those law faculty positions which were not covered by the advertisement.

The petition has also sought implementation of a 2009 resolution of the Executive Council of the university and integrate all the three law centres here into one unit and to locate them in the newly constructed building in the North Campus.