VISAKHAPATNAM: Lack of enough faculty and a delay in admissions is casting a shadow over the once glorious Dr BR Ambedkar College of Law of Andhra University.
The college which produced a number of legal luminaries, including chief justices, senior advocates and ular politicians is now facing acute neglect from the government and the lack of recruitments for permanent faculty.
The Law College building which was the first University building to be established in the city now wears a deserted look as majority of the students prefers staying in hostels and libraries to prepare for competitive exams to attending regular classes in the college.
The college which had a 20 faculty members now has only nine. There is no new recruitment and vacant posts have not been filled. The five-year LLB course has been introduced five years ago with 60 seats and another 60 seats were added later. The three-year LLB course has 120 seats. However, only nine faculty members are managing the classes, said principal D Surya Prakasa Rao. “We need at least 30 teachers to conduct classes smoothly. For now, we are taking the help of three assistant professors (contract basis) and guest faculty,” he added.
Cracking whip on students who do not attend the classes for more than 15 days, AU vice-chancellor G Nageswar Rao had instructed the staff to cancel admissions of such students,” he told Express.
Delay in admissions is also depriving the college of having merit students, say the professors.
“The department always had good demand among the students. But delay by as much as six months in admissions is driving the students to private colleges,” points a senior AU professor.