In India there exists 464 law colleges. On presenting an account of the quality of legal education in India, Dr. Radhakrishnan observed that 'our colleges of law do not hold a place of high esteem either at home or abroad, nor has law become an area of profound scholarship and enlightened research'. The Upendra Baxi Committee observed in 1989 that the bulk of law colleges suffer from lack of full-time teachers, virtual absence of libraries, staggering emoluments, absentee students, mass copying at examinations, inadequate physical and financial resources and in most cases, law colleges are neither recipients of Government grant-in-aid nor the UGC funding. The Bar Council of India, while fixing standards of legal education under S.7(h) of the Advocates Act, 1961 can fix the minimal standards at the entry point and also at the enrolment point. Overall, The Bar Council of India and the UGC must work in co-ordination. They must be guided by a 'National Council for Advancement of Legal Education' presided over by the Chief Justice of India and other judges, academicians, lawyers, senior law officers, UGC members etc. and should continuously aid the Bar Council of India and the UGC to maintain superior standards.



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