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[APRIL FOOL] BCI: NLUs should set up ethics and Indian values chairs after fall in professional standards

Law students may talk more youth and truth with Sadhguru in future
Law students may talk more youth and truth with Sadhguru in future

The Bar Council of India’s (BCI) legal education committee has sent a circular to national law university (NLU) vice chancellors (VCs) on 10 March 2019, recommending that NLUs do more to improve legal ethics in budding professionals.

Update 16:42: Happy April Fools’ Day all! As suspected by some, this story was totally fake news (though clearly not totally unbelievable).

The circular, the text of which has been shared with us, states:

It has come to the notice of the Bar Council of India that Professional Ethics and Conduct of advocates entering the profession has been lacking in recent times and detracting from the high standing of the profession and in the eyes of the Hon’ble Judges.

Accordingly, to embetter the legal education playing field and uplift Indian Values and Ethics at the Bar, the Council’s Legal Education Working Group has unanimously resolved that national law schools take the lead in this initiative and promote progress in the field of ethics and henceforth set up chairs and departments of legal ethics.

Students shall be incalculated in the Ethical Questions of the day, including also well-being of Mind, Ethics in Vedas and Spirituality.

It would be preferable if eminent persons of high standing in the field of ethics be appointed to chair positions, viz judges, senior members of the bar or luminaries in the fields of ethics, viz Sadhguru, Baba Ramdev or Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

One NLU vice chancellor, who requested to stay anonymous pending the implementation, welcomed the initiative, saying: “It is a good idea, education in ethics and our values has been lacking and we are working out the modalities.”

“The learning of the youth has become obsessed with the social media Instagram and Facebook and the Twitter,” he added.

The BCI’s move could be a reaction to Nalsar Hyderabad students’ heckling of influential yogi Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev when he gave a presentation in October of last year, which had attracted controversy, as well as condemnation from fans of Sadhguru.

It is not the first time the BCI has involved itself in the ethics at law schools, having in 2016 recommended that students wear “white shirt with trouser (white/black/grey)” after a controversy over student dress codes.

Hat-tip to a reader for sharing.

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