Indore: The Bar Council of India (BCI) has asked universities, including Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV), to grant affiliation to colleges offering law courses by December 31 for preceding academic year anyhow. In a letter to universities, the BCI stated: “It’s very unfortunate that in spite of repeated circulars being sent to the varsities, the affiliation order of the university for the colleges is not issued when the matter comes up for consideration before the BCI. “
The letter adds: “Rules are very clear. The BCI merely approves affiliation granted by the university. It neither grants degree nor affiliation. Unless affiliation is granted by the university, the question of granting approval of affiliation does not arise.”
The BCI stated that as per rules the university has to inspect the colleges and then grant affiliation only thereafter the BCI can inspect and grant approval of affiliation to the affiliated colleges. The university has to approve the affiliation on or before December 31 proceeding the year in question for which approval of affiliation is sought from the BCI.
“Delay in granting affiliation by the university leads to further delay in granting approval of affiliation by the BCI and it would affect career of students,” the BCI letter stated. The BCI further stated that many universities delay affiliation. “Furthermore, affiliation granted, if feasible should be more than one year if all requisite conditions are fulfilled,” the letter reads.