Three days back ‘ The Hindustan Times’ reported that there are 9000 vacant seats in the Law colleges. Should we call this news—- shocking, surprising or just brush it off saying this is just the usual thing. Is it not strange, that on one side we have hundreds of students still stranded without college admission, while on the other side we have empty Law colleges, vacant libraries and yawning faculties worried about their jobs ? Is it not a serious wastage of our infrastructure and human resources ?
According to the newspaper actually, 30000 students had taken the CET examination for the law faculty. Hence it is clear that students do want to take admission in the Law Faculty. But after the third round of admission, there are no takers for the above-said number of seats! It is due to the confusion and uncertainty over the issue of the Bar council of India’s approval for colleges and some already pending cases of recognition to some colleges –in short the apathy and indifference of the Government.
Considering the massive number of pending cases in our courts, criminals out on bail and walking free for years, innocent people on false charges rotting in the jail for lack of hearing etc actually we badly need more courts and more law personnel to handle them.Encouraging students for the Law college admission will benefit the country with more legal people on hand for the courts so that the court cases can move faster. Thus it becomes mandatory for the Government that it takes some speedy action in this directions and finalize these Law colleges recognition and the admission process and prevent this wastage of resources.
In fact, the government should take the initiative to make law college admission more lucrative. There should be more incentive like fee concessions, or bank loans for taking up law college education so that more students would think of picking up this line.
Guiding more students to join the Law College will become beneficial to both, the students and the society, especially for those coming from lower income group who generally never think of taking this line. It is a well-known fact that it is these lower income group people who are more harassed, victimized by the land sharks, police or the politicians. As these people are mostly ignorant of their rights they are easily gullible for the con man. By motivating more and more of this population to study law, there will more awareness among these people about their legal rights. There is a high possibility that this law-abiding group may not participate in violent destructive agitation in future.
It is a well-known fact that our courts have an alarming number of a backlog of pending cases. The legal battles go on for years and many times the justice comes too late. Justice delayed serves no purpose to the victim as it is justice denied . Hence there is an urgent need for more number of courts to hear the cases. But even with more legal personnel to handle the cases we still lack the infrastructure to run the courts. To compensate the lack of infrastructure the best solution is that we may run evening courts, or run the Courts during the summer( canceling the summer vacation of the British period) or mobile courts. The simple civil cases of non-violent nature, like a pickpocket, violation of traffic rules, or the land disputes can be heard and verdicts can be delivered faster. The overcrowding of the Lower courts could be avoided.
The government must think of encouraging more girl students to join the law college by giving them incentives and placement offers. Then in near future, just like all women police station or women bank, we can have all women courts, to deal with all the cases against women. The cases of domestic violence and rape can be specially taken up in these courts. Definitely with female lawyers and Judges we can surely hope to get better and sensitive hearing and above all an impartial Judgment.
Hope the Government will take a step towards strengthening the Legal System.