| A cow grazes on the campus of Chandradhari Mithila Law College in Darbhanga. Telegraph picture |
Darbhanga, Nov. 8: Chandradhari Mithila Law College, the only constituent unit of law under Lalit Narayan Mithila University, Darbhanga, is on the verge of closing down.
The affiliation by the Bar Council of India has not been extended for the next session, as the college has not fulfilled the pre-conditions for the same. Now, the situation is such that if the college authorities, university and the Bihar government do not take necessary steps, admission of students would not take place from the next session.
Chandradhari Mithila College was the second institute in the state after Patna Law College to start a law department in 1945. The law department was first affiliated under the Patna University.
Later, when the college became a constituent of Bihar University, the department got its affiliation fro BU. After the inception of LNMU, the department got its affiliation from there. Later, on the direction of the Bar Council of India, the law department was separated from CM college and was shifted to a big Danbey House on five acres in the heart of the town.
Today, the college has a separate building and its own campus apart from 1,000 students. But due to lack of a qualified principal and teachers, its affiliation has not been extended.
The Bar Council of India fixed some criteria for extension of the affiliation. These included the appointment of a qualified permanent principal and four teachers besides a librarian and maintaining the teacher-student ratio at 1: 40. Even the building had to repaired and renovated.
The college and university administrations fulfilled the requisites partially. The university also appointed a permanent and three part-time teachers in the college and partly repaired the building. The college was granted affiliation for the 2010-11 session.
No further improvement in infrastructure was made despite funds worth Rs 19 lakh lying unutilised.
The extension of affiliation has become difficult as n oprincipal and librarian have been appointed for the college, nor repairing and separate construction of sanitary block has been done. No other conditions, mandatory for an affiliated college, have been fulfilled by the institute.
Bar council is not ready to accept part-time teachers as permanent teachers. Besides, for present strength of nearly 1000 students, according to directed ratio, nearly 25 teachers needed.
Arun Kumar Choudhary, an advocate of a local court, said the college pays Rs 27.50 per class to the guest faculty, an amount less than the rickshaw fare from Laheriasarai court.
Chaudhary said: “How will any qualified advocate agree to take classes for such a small amount? The college is allotting two classes a day and giving a meagre sum of Rs 55. This rate is 30 years’ old and no revision has been made by the authorities. In other colleges, the university is paying Rs 150 per class and recently, the government proposed to pay Rs 250 per class to teachers appointed on contract basis.”