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Amity Delhi students challenge attendance shortage after school itself falls short almost 80% on BCI mandated lecture hours

Amity Law School Delhi allegedly held only 151 hours of lectures this semester, as against the Bar Council of India (BCI) mandated 648 hours. In the Delhi high court, its final year LLB students have now challenged Amity’s decision to debar the students from taking their exams because of low attendance, reported Live Law.

The final year students and the GGSIP University, to which ALS Delhi is affiliated, asserted that the law school had ended its semester seven days before the deadline specified by the university, as a result of which the students had lost out on marking the minimum attendance needed to sit for exams.

The University had asked Amity to hold those seven days of lectures. In the interim, the BCI visited Amity for suo moto inspection and made the observation that the university’s direction violated Rule 12 of the legal education, rules which stipulates that students should meet their minimum attendance criteria before the end semester exam and not after.

Amity countered the petitioners’ argument in court, under the BCI’s observation as per Rule 12.

Delhi high court justice justice Rekha Palli rejected Amity’s reasoning ruling that the BCI had not given GGSIP university a hearing before making its observation thus violating principles of natural justice. She directed Amity to conduct the seven days of lectures for all those students who wish to attend and make up for their shortage of attendance.

The case will be heard next on 9 July when the court will hear arguments to decide whether the BCI can conduct suo moto inspections on law schools and pass ex parte observations, and how else does it ensure its recognised law colleges follow its stipulations on the minimum lecture hours per semester.

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Like +2 Object -0 Darkseid 05 Jun 18, 14:11
Can anyone tell me what's this BCI requirement of 640 hours of class? Can't be for a single batch, right? Even assuming each of 5 subjects has 50 hours of class every semester, that still comes to around 250 hours only. Even in a whole year, it won't come to 600.
P.s. I'm against the mandatory attendance rule anyway. If a student can clear an exam without attending classes, it simply means he/she has attained the necessary standard of expertise in that subject. No reason why that can't be allowed. The idea is to make the exam of a high standard based on practical applications and class discussions, rather than rote memorization and regurgitation.
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Like +3 Object -0 Guest 05 Jun 18, 17:30
Kian, further to this point I request you to do a story on the stupid BCI rule of classroom hours. Abroad the focus is on self study and teachers discuss what you have read and guide you to think critically, apply your knowledge and correct any errors in your understanding. They have limited class hours. But in India the BCI makes it like primary school, with 9 to 3 class everyday. Madhava Menon tried to adopt the Harvard model in India, but his biggest problem was that the classroom hours requirement defeated this. The BCI is run by people who went to Ranchi or Marathwada law college and have no clue. They refuse to give leeway to NLUs.
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Like +8 Object -0 Darkseid 05 Jun 18, 20:14  interesting
To be honest, most of the NLU teachers I have come across don't have the necessary teaching prowess or command over the subjects they teach in order to implement this properly either. That's what makes them set those godawful question papers! The thing is, NLUs seldom do any proper teaching training. Even during the training workshops that are held, almost nothing of practical teaching techniques are discussed. And the UGC orientation/refresher courses that the teachers need to undergo for promotion are just big jokes.
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Like +1 Object -0 Guest 05 Jun 18, 21:56
True. And this brings us back to the debate raging on LI about faculty quality. Right now teacher quality is not affecting placements. But eventually competition among NLUs will increase and foreign law firms will come in. People will get picky about which NLU gives better training. Foreign firms may also award research chairs in business laws.

Also, it seems some people cannot understand that rankings like NIRF do not just look at placement but also faculty quality. Yes, NIRF was fed wrong data but the methodology is still sound (unlike India Today). Furthermore if you look at QS rankings they count citations, which are more influential than just publications. And Times ranking has 3 criteria: teaching quality + research output + citations. So something needs to be done in the future.

www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2018/law-legal-studies

www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2018/subject-ranking/law#!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats
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Like +0 Object -0 Darkseid 06 Jun 18, 12:43
Any idea how Times gauges the teaching quality metric?
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 06 Jun 18, 17:17
For domestic UK university ratings Times does a survey among students and has student satisfaction as a separate metric a well
For international ratings they do questionnaires and surveys among other academics. So students don't rate the teaching but academicians from other universities do, e.g. Harvard and Yale profs rate Stanford and Columbia and vice versa.
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Like +0 Object -0 Darkseid 06 Jun 18, 17:45
That's quite interesting and enlightening. Will look into this further. Thank you!
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