Bhopal: The law colleges in the state are running out of breath with only 22 regular teachers to teach nearly 2,000 students and without proper infrastructure. There are 37 state-run law institutions in the state, including five which are being run from university campuses, but all of them are in bad state.
An RTI activist from the city Pradeep Ahirwar told Free Press that colleges not only lacked the required number of teachers but also infrastructure like building, library and drinking water, and they have been running in the prevailing condition for years.
Besides, the colleges did not appoint any principal, and guest teachers were entrusted with the work of teaching and managing the other affairs of those colleges, he said. “Owing to the government’s apathy towards the colleges, the students are suffering and those who are earning handsome salary for teaching are also not taking classes,” Parihar said.
Expressing resentment at the lack facilities and teachers, students’ union president of the Government State-level Law College in Bhopal Rakhi Sahu said, “We have submitted a memorandum to the principal in-charge of the college and officials of the higher education department, demanding improvement in infrastructure.”
The Bar Council of India, by giving affiliation to the law colleges, has defied its own rules that say a law college requires a building, a library, a principal and proper faculty. Additional Secretary (finance) and in-charge of building construction in the state Higher Education department Sushma Dubey said, “The department has approved construction of buildings for 11 law colleges that have been allotted land by the government.”
Expressing similar views about the condition of the law colleges, an advocate Binod Mishra who has taught law in colleges said, “The law colleges are not complying with the BCI rules that say there should be at least five faculty members and proper infrastructure.” Mishra who now practises in the district and sessions court in Bhopal further said, “At the time of inspection, the government authorities show guest faculty as their staff and get the affiliation from the BCI.”