Bangalore University (BU) Vice-Chancellor N Prabhu Dev wants the 64-year-old University Law College (ULC) out of BU academic jurisdiction “to give the focus and attention it needs.”
The VC told Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs S Suresh Kumar on Friday that ULC should be made a deemed-to-be university or a centre for excellence. “The Private Universities Bill is due to be tabled in the forthcoming Legislative session in December. The ULC is one of the best law colleges in the country with good faculty and students. It has to be declared as a deemed (state) university for its own good,” Dr Dev said.
Later, Dr Dev told reporters that he wants ULC to become the number one college in the country. “As of now, ULC is ranked 12 in a survey. It can become number one only when it becomes independent. There are problems of funds and infrastructure. When ULC becomes a deemed university, it will get a lot of funds,” he said.
With 655 colleges under the university, the ULC was not getting its due attention, he opined. Established in 1948, ULC was known as Government Law College when it was affiliated to University of Mysore. It was affiliated to BU in 1964.
The ULC is known for introducing the five-year integrated LLB programme in 1986 under the leadership of Prof V B Coutinho.