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karira posted a topic in Off TopicLaw graduates of 70 colleges won’t be allowed to practise Days after Delhi University’s Faculty of Law was informed that its recent graduates are no longer eligible to be enrolled as advocates by the Bar Council of India (BCI), sources at the BCI said similar letters have been sent to nearly 70 other law colleges and universities — including the century-old Osmania University’s law college in Hyderabad. “We have sent several letters to these universities and colleges to get themselves inspected and follow the BCI’s legal education rules. As they did not respond to our letters, this is our last resort,” BCI Chairman Biri Singh Sinsinwar said on Saturday. Colleges which received letters, a list of which was accessed by The Sunday Express, range from private postgraduate law colleges in Gujarat, Garhwal and Azamgarh to government colleges like the 50-year-old University Law College, North Bengal, and Osmania University’s law college. The BCI has asked all law colleges to get themselves inspected by the council to ensure that the 2008 Legal Education Rules are being followed. The council has also demanded Rs 1.5 lakh per centre as inspection fee from the colleges. “Letters stating that students of this year’s batch from these colleges should not be enrolled as advocates, have been signed and will be sent to these colleges and state bar associations,” BCI Secretary J R Sharma said. Unless these colleges submit for inspection, students who enrolled in 2011-12 will not be eligible for enrollment by state bar councils. Meanwhile, the standoff between the BCI and the DU continues. Speaking to The Sunday Express on Saturday, Faculty of Law Dean Ashwini Kumar Bansal questioned the authority of the BCI to issue such orders. “The BCI has taken an arbitrary and illegal decision. The letter purportedly sent on September 22 has not even reached DU till date. The Law Faculty has been running since 1924, while BCI rules were made only in 2008. This is the first time that they have asked for such an inspection. The BCI’s authority to issue such rules is suspect,” Bansal said. However, he added that DU was ready to “sit down with the BCI and take constructive steps” so that the students’ future is protected. The BCI, however, said the Advocates’ Act of 1961 gives it authority over legal education in the country. Meanwhile, Law faculty students held a protest outside the campus on Saturday. The faculty’s Students’ Union president Brijesh Yadav said that students have been consulting lawyers on whether they should approach the High Court for relief. A delegation of students also met the BCI Chairman and senior lawyers on Saturday to discuss the issue, Yadav said. “The condition on campus is really bad. None of the rules made by the BCI are being followed. We also filed an RTI application to find out the status of the faculty’s approval, but have received no reply so far,” Tarun Narang, a student, said. To assuage students, the faculty has put up notices on campus stating that the university administration was “fully seized of the matter” and that students need not panic.” Read More: http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/law-graduates-of-70-colleges-wont-be-allowed-to-practise/2/
sidmis posted a topic in RTI in MediaKC College students provide legal help to villagers, undertrials as reported by Menaka Rao in the DNA, June 7, 2010 Mumbai: “Sampli sampli, bekari sampli (unemployment is over),” crooned students of KC Law College recently while educating villagers in Mulgaon near Ambarnath about the benefits of the national rural employment guarantee scheme (NREGS). They are members of the KC legal aid committee, which has partnered with the State Legal Aid Services Authority of the Bombay high court to provide legal aid and support to the needy. Formed in 2006, the committee has been helping undertrials, besides visiting villages and nearby towns to make people aware of their legal rights. It has five core members who gather other students when a programme is organised by the high court. “Visiting prison was an eye-opener, as my idea of one was very Bollywood,” said Ruju Thakker, 22, a committee member, who wants pursue criminal law after graduating. The group visits Arthur Road jail and Byculla jail every alternate week. Students are given forms related to plea bargaining and appointment of a lawyer. Undertrials can use their help to fill these forms, which are then submitted in the court. “We encourage plea bargaining (when the accused pleads guilty to get a lighter sentence). A lot of prisoners accused of petty crimes like theft opt for it,” said Vikas Thakkar, 23, another member of the committee. “Most undertrials complain about their appointed lawyers not turning up. When this happens, we inform the legal aid cell, which provides new lawyers,” said another student, Akshata Kamath. Thakkar was particularly moved by one girl’s plight. “A college-going girl, approximately my age, came to us and said she had been tricked by a friend who had asked her to deposit a cheque in a bank using a false name, which led to her arrest. She asked us to contact her parents and said she could not survive in jail much longer,” said Thakkar. Thakkar has also met undertrials like Maria Susairaj, an alleged accused in the 2008 Neeraj Grover murder case. “I was amused when I saw that she was using a Garnier shampoo, and had a box of chocolates by her side. Interestingly, she, too, complained about the terrible jail environment,” said Thakkar. Another student, Varun Saraf, 23, who often plays the role of an undertrial in the skits by the group, said, “We understand the psychology of the prisoners. Earlier, we would be taken in by whatever they said. But now we can figure out if they are fibbing or being honest.” Thakkar recalled her visit to Mulgaon village with justice KS Radhakrishnan. “We prepared a skit with Marathi songs. Since it was a Sunday, a lot of women and children also turned up. It was good fun,” she said. The group spoke about the problems villagers face — lack of electricity, roads etc. “We told them that they can use the Right to Information Act to seek answers from the establishment,” said Thakkar. The students also made charts that explained the process of filing an RTI application. The group also went to Dombivli recently, where a lot of redevelopment is taking place. “Some parts of Dombivli are governed by the gram panchayat, others by the municipality. The laws for the two are different. We told them about their rights in case they opt for redevelopment of their properties,” said Thakkar. In the next academic year, the group plans to work on juvenile justice law and the Maternity Relief Act that prescribes paid maternity leave for women. Source : KC College students provide legal help to villagers, undertrials - dnaindia.com Plz also See : http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/4401-now-become-certified-right-information-activist-five-sessions.html#post15168
sidmis posted a topic in RTI in MediaNow, become a certified RTI activist in five sessions Reported by Yogita Rao in D N A Friday, May 30, 2008 02:18 IST KC Law College will start two courses on how to file precise RTI applications from July You no longer need to be bogged down by the tricky loopholes in the Right to Information (RTI) Act or be taken for a ride by officials. A law college in South Mumbai has started a course that will help citizens become certified RTI activists who know the nuances of filing an RTI application the right way. KC Law College, Churchgate, is starting two courses on RTI — a foundation course and an advanced course, which would be the first of their kind in the country. The idea is to teach people the fundamentals of filing RTI applications. "People need to learn how to ask for information. It is a wonderful weapon available to us and we should make full use of it," said Neelima Chandiramani, the college's principal. "People do not even know how to ask to-the-point questions and end up writing long-winded applications." The idea of starting the course was a result of brainstorming between Chandiramani and activist Shailesh Gandhi, who will be conducting the sessions. The course will begin from July and will run into five sessions of three hours each. The classes will be held on Saturdays and Sundays. Most of the course will be based on practical assignments, with candidates filing applications on topics given by the college. While both the courses will be open for all, the college expects people who have already filed applications to enroll for the advanced course. Gandhi said, "Information officers sometimes fool people if the questions are not direct. Though there is no perfect solution to avoid such discrepancies, the course will help people fine tune their skills as RTI activists." Gandhi said 95% of the applications he filed never exceeded 150 words. Mahesh Vaswani, the chairman of legal aid committee of GJ Advani Law College, said, "Filing applications should be made as easy as clicking the mouse on a computer." The committee had conducted RTI workshops for slum dwellers in 20 suburbs in the western region. DNA - Mumbai - Now, become a certified RTI activist in five sessions - Daily News & Analysis