The BCI better come up with some good reasons for the age limit in Kolkata (or it may find it easier to do away with it)The BCI better come up with some good reasons for the age limit in Kolkata (or it may find it easier to do away with it)

The Supreme Court challenge of the Bar Council of India (BCI) age limit to studying law has given the BCI until Friday (3 March) to figure out its position after the BCI asked for more time because its general council would discuss the matter tomorrow at a meeting.

Advocate-on-record for the petitioners, Zoheb Hossain, said that BCI counsel AK Prasad had told the bench of justices SA Bobde and L Nageswara Rao that there would be a BCI general counsel meeting tomorrow in Kolkata, at which the age limit was on the agenda.

“We told them there could not be any reasonable age limit,” added Hossain.

Senior counsel Sanjay Hegde and advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan argued in court today, with senior counsel Kapil Sibal who argued at the first two hearings not appearing today.

Hossain added that although the matter had been adjourned to Friday, the “court made a lot of observations that were very encouraging”, asking why people study law for its own sake; what percentage of people over the age limit actually study law, and whether the BCI had any dependable statistics on this, and what harm older law students were doing if they came and sat in a classroom and studied.

Last Monday, 20 February, the Supreme Court had given the BCI another eight days to provide its response in the petition brought by two petitioners who barely missed the age limit and the moving case of one Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA) scholar impacted by the new rule.

A little later last week in the Supreme Court, BCI counsel Prasad had confirmed in another challenge that the age limit was not retrospective, after the petitioner’s Right to Information (RTI) had been answered with a reference to the final recommendation - which never came - from a special age limit committee constituted by the BCI on 22 October 2016.

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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 28 Feb 17, 12:06
Kian Sir, as you are covering legal education I request you to please interview the Jindal Law School about these remarks against Jindal by his own Professor, the legendary environmental law guru Armin Rosencranz,

It is true that it is a Bar and Bench story but you should ignore feelings of rivalry and do your own follow up story.

It is great that Jindal has such good teachers but it is not fair to charge fees like this.
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Like +0 Object -0 kianganz 28 Feb 17, 12:18
Thanks for sharing - this part?

The costs do need to drop. Jindal [Global Law School] costs five times as compared to NLS, NUJS etc. But eventually, when they want to compete with NUJS and NLS, they will have to drop their tuition. No one is going to pay 3 to 5 times as much where their peers are not as good as their peers at NUJS or NLS.

And I think the Vice-Chancellor knows that. They have a generous endowment from the Jindal conglomerate so they could utilize. So instead of creating more buildings, they can drop the tuition.

Not sure it's a remark against Jindal, as such, since it's stating the obvious that the fees are higher than they'd like, and the admin has readily admitted as much and tried to make a difference with scholarships (as far as I can tell, that only scratches the surface though).

However, in a bid to become financially independent now, JGLS has increased the undergrad batch size to hundreds of (600 or 300?) students, which, if sustainable, would provide them with a bigger corpus of funds (though of course it's a whole different challenge).

But yes, a general catch-up interview with JGLS admin might be interesting... :)
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Like +0 Object -0 Down with BCI 02 Mar 17, 15:54
The BCI Chairman has been summoned in a forgery case according to this news report.
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 05 Mar 17, 22:05
Legally India should ask the BCI Chairman about this news report:
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Like +0 Object -0 kianganz 06 Mar 17, 12:36
The BCI chairman unfortunately doesn't respond to us anymore it seems, since we've been asking him too many questions he doesn't have an answer for.

What is a shame, is that none of the other legal publications are asking him any of the hard questions, despite him clearly having given them access...
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