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In a class of its own
- Law college gets building after years

Students of Jamshedpur Co-operative Law College can finally call a building their own, nearly six years after the foundation stone laying ceremony.

Jamshedpur MP Ajoy Kumar inaugurated the new building of the law department on Friday. The building, college officials said, would now put an end to law students attending classes in borrowed rooms.

“It gives me immense pleasure to announce that work on the new building is over. It took us some time to get the building ready during which students suffered. We will hold classes in the new facility from Monday, February 18,” said Jitendra Prasad, law college principal, who, along with Jamshedpur Co-operative College principal R.K. Das, was present the inauguration.

The case of the law college building has been full of twists and turns.

Though the foundation stone was laid in 2007, construction was dogged by delays.

Jannat Builders, a Ranchi-based construction company, which was handed the task of setting up the new building, abandoned the project before completing it in 2008.

Cost of construction shot up manifold in the next couple of years. Then, college management floated fresh tenders and roped in a Dhanbad-based firm, Gautam Construction, to wrap up work in 2011. According to estimates, the total cost of the project was somewhere near Rs 50 lakh.

The college, in the meanwhile, temporarily stopped LLB admissions for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 sessions.

With no proper infrastructure, an inspection team from the Bar Council of India skipped its visit in 2009, which resulted in the college affiliation getting scrapped. The college, somehow, managed to renew its affiliation in 2011.

After much heartburn, the new building is in place.

Addressing the event, MP Kumar said he would chip in with whatever he could.

Now, principal Prasad is getting ambitious. “We now want a model court,” he said.