AUG 4, 2023
As per the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE), the University Grant Commission (UGC) has informed that the total seats/intake available in integrated law courses, LLB and LLM in Higher Education Institutes across the country are as under;
Name of CoursesNo. of seats/ intakesIntegrated LLB71140LLB (UG)211763LLM (PG)26753
Also, as per the provisions of Sections 7(l)(h) and (i) of the Advocates Act, 1961, the Bar Council of India (BCI), is entrusted with the function inter-alia of promoting and laying down the standards of legal education in the country. The BCI has informed that there is a demand for introducing law courses in Universities/colleges in the country. As regards, number of seats granted to universities and colleges during the last three years is concerned; there is no data available with Central Government. However, the BCI has informed that on 31.01.2022, the number of state-wise universities and colleges who are permitted to start new law colleges, new law courses, additional sections for the previous three years is placed at Annexure- I. However, the data does not contain the applications of the institutions for the recognition and approval from the period 11.08.2019 to 16.06.2021, i.e. when the moratorium was imposed by the BCI against starting of new law colleges, new law courses, additional sections in existing colleges. The UGC has informed that ‘Law’ as a subject has been included in the list of subject areas, where programmes are not permitted to be offered in open and distance learning mode and online mode in Higher Education, as per provision 2 (z) of UGC (ODL Programmes and Online Programmes) Regulations, 2020 (as amended). There is no specific information in this regard. However, certain measures taken by the UGC for increasing the avenues for education in law in the country are as under:-§ Learning Outcome-based Curriculum Framework (LOCF) has been brought out for ‘Law’ as an optional subject in Undergraduate Programmes (BA) in 2019.§ In April, 2023, the National Credit Framework has been formulated, which can also be adopted for Law stream.§ In order to promote research in different subjects, the UGC is implementing the UGC NET JRF scheme under which financial assistance is provided to Ph.D. students. The performance of the candidates in the subject of Law (58) in the UGC-NET from June 2020 to December 2022 are as under:-
S.NoExamQualified for JRF1.June 20201182.Dec 2020 & June 2021 (merged Cycle)1793.Dec 2021 & June 2022 (Merged Cycle)2884.December 2022136Total721
ANNEXURE – I
SI. No.StateNumber of Colleges/Universities1.Andhra Pradesh142.Arunachal Pradesh33.Assam244.Bihar65.Chhattisgarh16.Delhi47.Goa18.Gujarat79.Himachal Pradesh410.Jharkhand711Karnataka2112.Kerala1213.Madhya Pradesh1914.Maharashtra1815.Meghalaya316.Odisha717.Punjab & Haryana3118.Rajasthan3119.Tamil Nadu720.Telangana521.Uttar Pradesh6822.Uttarakhand723.West Bengal11
This information was given by the Minister of Law and Justice, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.