Government backs LLB students' fight for a cause
KOCHI: Barely 24 hours after Express highlighted the plight of the over 400 students pursuing the five-year LLB(BA Criminology) course at Ernakulam Government Law College following the Bar Council of India decision, the LDF Government on Thursday vowed to extend all support to the affected students. Besides, the CPM-led Government decided to take a serious view of the issue.
“The government will initiate effective measures in this regard and we will not allow the future prospects of these students to get blighted. A discussion in this regard was also held with the Director General of prosecution. A meeting with the Bar Council Association members will take place on Friday and the final decision will be taken after that,” said Minister A K Balan when contacted.
According to him,”If the course did not have UGC recognition the M G University should be held responsible for it. If it were found to be true, action will be taken against the officials concerned. How can an university start a course without the permission of the UGC?”
A K Balan added that the government would initiate legal steps to ensure justice to the students. “We will wait for the Bar Council’s stand on the matter and after that we will proceed legally. The government will not allow the efforts put in by the students to go waste,” he said.
Education Minister C Raveendranath echoed his Cabinet colleague’s stand at a meeting with the Law College students. He also sought an explanation from the MG University Vice Chancellor.
Meanwhile, the protest staged by the Law College students entered its third day. “This protest is meant to secure justice for over 1,000 students and we will not call it off until the BCI grants recognition for the course. We will fight till the end. If they are unable to grant recognition we will resort to new methods of protest,” said Amal, area committee secretary. It was on Wednesday that Express carried the report titled ‘RTI shocker: Future looks bleak for students of Law College’