India takes stance on distance learning

By Melissa Lesh

25 March 2014 at 12:00 BST

Last week, the Indian High Court upheld the Bar Council of India's (BCI) decision not to enrol hundreds of lawyers as advocates.

The Indian High Court upheld the decision not to enroll hundreds of lawyers as advocates. Mukul Banerjee

Law students challenged the BCI, which decided not admit students whose degrees were obtained through distance education.  High Court Judge Anand Byrareddy called the students’ petitions a ‘gallant and noble effort, but sadly fruitless.’  According to the BCI, distance education degrees are not enough to become an advocate.  Those already enrolled in the law course will receive their law degrees, but be unable to be admitted to a law degree course.  Judge Byrareddy said that whilst these degrees will not help them become lawyers, he hopes they will be useful for advancement in other fields. Source: New India Express


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