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Campus nod for law college

Jamshedpur, Sept. 14: The Jamshedpur Co-operative Law College would finally be operating from its own campus from March 2008.

Ranchi University has approved the construction of a building on a plot for the institution. The work order would be issued next week.

So far, the law courses have been conducted on the cam- pus of Jamshedpur Co-operative College.

Principal of Jamshedpur Co-operative Law College B.N. Jha said Rs 78 lakh would be spent from the college’s funds for the construction of the building, which would come up on a plot adjacent to Jamshedpur Co-operative College.

The state government had allotted five acres for the law college campus.

Jha said the new campus would house the administrative block, library, canteen, common room, staff quarters, the principal’s residence and would also have a ground for sports.

The college authorities have also initiated steps to appoint teaching and non-teaching staff.

“We have initiated the process of appointing staff as per the directives of the Bar Council of India,” said an official of the law college.

Once the campus is operational, the law college would introduce a five-year integrated course on BA, LLB (honours). If the course takes off, the law college would be the first constituent college under Ranchi University to introduce a BA, LLB course.

The university approval for a law college campus is a result of a directive from the Bar Council of India, the statutory body which gives affiliation to law colleges.

The development would come as a relief for the law college, which had its affiliation revoked in 2001. The Bar Council of India had withdrawn the affiliation of the law faculty of Jamshedpur Co-operative College in the absence of a separate building for the course. According to the Bar Council’s guidelines a law college must have its independent infrastructure, such as a building.

A legal trust in the state had challenged the council’s order in Jharkhand High Court. Later, the college had upgraded its facilities and following a court order in 2005, the cancellation of affiliation was revoked.

An inspection by three members of the Bar Council of India had also paved the path for re-instatement of the affiliation. The team had taken stock of the faculty, infrastructure and strength of the bachelor in law course.

The state government had subsequently agreed to allot five acres for the law college to have its own campus.

Withdrawal of affiliation had put law aspirants in Jamshedpur in a spot as they had to either migrate to other states or seek admission at the Chhotanagpur Law College in Ranchi.

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