April 30: Gauhati University will go ahead with its decision to merge the University Law College with its post-graduate department of law.
A senior official of the university told The Telegraph that the academic council of the university would hold a meeting on the issue soon to initiate the merger. The faculty of law of the university has already given the green signal for the process.
The students of the law college, however, have opposed the move fearing that a century-old law college with a glorious past will be affected once it is merged with the post-graduate department. The students also submitted a memorandum to vice-chancellor Okhil Kumar Medhi opposing the merger. The students’ opposition brought the merger process to a halt.
“This is baseless fear. Once merged, the law college will start receiving grants from the UGC which will help improve its condition,” said the official.
One of the oldest law colleges in the Northeast, the Law College was set up in 1914 and was named Sir Archdale Earle Law College (Earle Law College).
In 1948, when Gauhati University was established under the Gauhati University Act, 1947, it was taken over by the university and was rechristened with its present name making it the only constituent college of the university.
David Kumar Borah, general secretary of the University Law College Students’ Union, said the university had taken a decision to merge the law college with the university’s post-graduate department of law in 2003 considering its poor infrastructure and several other problems.
The law college was reprimanded by the Bar Council of India several times for its poor infrastructure. The students argued that as the infrastructure has been developed recently, there was no need of a merger.