Some private universities are admitting additional students to L.LB course, in violation of the order of High Court and University Grants Commission (UGC).
Due to irregularities in the universities, around 2,000 students who completed their LLB (Hon’s) from private universities cannot fill up registration form to take Bangladesh Bar Council enrolment examination to get the license for practicing law.Students of those universities are now staging different programmes seeking registration card of Bar Council and punishment of the university authorities that admitted them, violating rules.
The students of different private universities on Monday also formed a human chain in front of the press club in the capital demanding scope of registration to sit in bar council enrolment test.
UGC officials and the students said Bangladesh Bar Council raised question regarding the quality of law students of the country’s private universities in 2014.
On April 23, 2014, UGC issued a circular asking the universities not to admit over 50 students at every semester in the course of L.LB (Hon’s) with a view to ensuring quality education.
On April 12, 2017, the High Court also gave an order not to admit over 50 students at each semester of LLB course in private university.
But defying the orders, some private universities admitted more than 50 students at each semester for LLB course flouting rules.Due to the irregularities of the universities, the students who passed L.LB as additional students now cannot fill up the registration form to sit enrolment test.
Finally, on October 1, Bar Council issued a notification mentioning that only 50 students of LLB (Hon’s) from each semester who admitted after on April 23, 2014 UGC circular will get scope to sit in bar council enrolment.
Bar council is not allowing over 50 students from each semester for the enrolment examination of the council and around 2000 students now cannot take part in the exam.
Violating the rules, many private universities including Stamford University, Eastern University, Premier University, South East University, Daffodil International University, Bangladesh Islami University, Dhaka International University and Asa University admitted additional numbers of students to LLB (Hon’s) course.
Talking to daily sun, several sufferers said: “The universities admitted additional number of students, violating rules to make extra profit. But they have betrayed us for their interest.”
“Our parents admitted us to the universities to make our future but now we cannot take part in bar council admission test due to the irregularities of university authorities.”
The students also demanded punishment to the culprits who admitted them to the course, defying the rules and crated the troubles.
On September 27, students of Southeast University demonstrated in front of the university campus protesting the irregularities and seeking scope to sit for bar council exam. Besides, some 41 students of Stamford University on September 30 filed a writ petition with the High Court after they have not been allowed to fill in registration cards and forms to participate in the inclusion examinations despite the passing in law subjects.
After hearing, the HC directed the bar council to give registration cards and forms of the 41 students of Stamford University to take part in the exam.
Md Hasan Milu, a student of Stamford University, said: “We would sit in the bar council exam by the High Court order but what will happen to other students.”
When asked, Premier University Register Md Khorshedur Rahman said: “We admitted over 50 students to LLB course before getting the letter of UGC in 2014.”
“We did not enroll any extra students for LLB course since fall semester on December 2014.”
He said: “Around 350 students of the university are sufferers but they had admitted for summer session on September-October in 2014 before we got the UGC order.”
UGC Director (Private University) Dr Md Fakhrul Islam said: “UGC issued a circular in 2014, asking the universities not to admit over 50 students for each semester to ensure quality education.”
“Now the problem is created as some universities admitted additional number of students for each semester, violating the commission as well as the order of the High Court,” he said