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BCI doubles law college inspection fee to up to Rs 5 lakh per LLB course

The Bar Council of India (BCI) has doubled the inspection fee for law colleges in India again, for the second time in 2 years.

The fee is now Rs 3 lakh for a 3 to 5 year LLB degree course, and has increased to Rs 5 lakh for an Honours LLB degree course of all durations.

National law schools would all have to pay Rs 5 lakh to certify their LLB programmes.

Although the notice was dated 21 May 2016, it was just uploaded on the BCI website several days ago.

Two vice chancellors (VC) we spoke to were not aware of the inspection fee hike, while one VC was only recently been made aware of the change by a BCI official, and termed the increase “ridiculous”.

In July of this year, a CBI court had convicted three lawyers who were BCI members at the time for seeking several lakhs of bribes from colleges during inspections.

According to an addendum on the BCI’s legal education site, the BCI legal education committee had decided on the new fee on 21 May 2016, according to the following notification:

The Legal Education Committee at its meeting held on 16th & 17th April, 2011 has decided to increase the inspection fee from Rs 1,00,000/- to Rs 1,50,000/- for each course. Therefore all the law colleges are informed to deposit Rs 1,50,000/- for each course alongwith application and check proforma by way of Demand Draft drawn in favour of the “Bar Council of India” on any Nationalized Bank payable at New Delhi.

AS PER THE DECISION OF THE LEGAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 21ST MAY, 2016 THE FOLLOWING FEE STRUCTURE HAS BEEN INTRODUCED. SR. NO. TYPE OF FEE STRUCTURE AMOUNT (Rs.) (for New /Existing Law Colleges/Law Institutes/Law Department)

1. Application Fee 50,000/- (each application)

2. Inspection fee for

Three year LL.B Five year B.A.LL.B.

Five year B.B.A. LL.B.

Five year B.Com LLB.

Five year B.Sc. LLB.

Five year BSW LL.B.

Six year B.Tech.LL.B.

3,00,000/- (per course)

3. Inspection Fee for

Three year (Honors)

Five year B.A.LL.B. (Honors)

Five year B.B..A. LL.B. (Honors)

Five year B.Com LLB. (Honors)

Five year B.Sc. LLB. (Honors)

Five year BSW LL.B.(Honors)

Six year B. Tech. LL.B. (Honors)

5,00,000/- (per course)

4. Recognition fee for Universities 5,00,000/-

The BCI had planned to increase inspection fees to Rs 3 lakh at the end of 2014, as then vice chairman SL Gowda had said in an interview with us.

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