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Kolhan’s lone law cradle faces closure

Jamshedpur, March 2: New Delhi-based Bar Council of India (BCI) has not yet issued an affiliation to Jamshedpur Co-operative Law College in its third consecutive year, pushing the only such cradle in Kolhan to the brink of closure.

Though the inspection fee of Rs 1 lakh had been deposited followed by a number of requests and applications in the past two years, no inspection has taken place.

The college was set up six years ago with a temporary affiliation. Currently, it has just 100 students in the final LLB batch, who will complete their course this year. If it does not get affiliation by April-May 2011, its third consecutive academic year, it will have to down shutters.

“We requested BCI more than 20 times to come for an inspection. Every time, we were told there were ‘unavoidable circumstances’ preventing the visit,” said a law college official not wanting to be named.

Hope now hinges on Jharkhand State Bar Association, which has decided to request the BCI to do the needful.

“We are concerned, as many students here aspire to make a career in law. I have already spoken to BCI authorities who have assured me of a quick response. I’ll go to Delhi this month for a concrete answer,” said Rajesh Shukla, an association member.

But there are genuine problems. The college, even after six years, does not have a building or library, essential qualifiers for an affiliation by the BCI. It needs to issue a fresh tender for the building as the earlier architect has absconded.

Kolhan University said the college can advertise the tender as this has been a self-financed course. “I hope the BCI comes for inspection and gives positive feedback. As far as the building is concerned, the college is free to advertise and re-tender for the same,” said Kolhan University vice-chancellor Salil Roy.

But till the problems are ironed out, fresh admissions can’t take place. If the college closes down, the nearest will be Chotanagpur Law College in Ranchi, which means law aspirants have to move out.“If the college closes, many girls who want to pursue law will be affected as their parents may not want to send them out of town,” said Anita Kumari.

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