The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) has declared law colleges established by five public-sector universities at their sub-campuses illegal and directed them to immediately close them down. It also suspended affiliation of one of the universities and warned others of similar action if they did not comply with its instructions.
The five universities are: the University of Sargodha (UOS), the Government College University of Faisalabad (GCUF), Hazara University, the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (UAJK) in Muzaffarabad and the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology, Karachi.
“The recognition of the Federal Urdu University Karachi has been suspended by the Legal Education Committee of the PBC,” a statement issued by the PBC on July 28 said.
The PBC said that it had recognised the universities after 2006 on the condition that they would impart legal education in their main campuses only and admit no more than 50 students.
“It is a matter of grave concern that the UOS, the GCUF, the UAJK, Hazara University and the Federal Urdu University, Karachi, have opened sub-campuses at other places and/or have given admission to more than 50 students in violation of the rules,” the statement said.
The PBC said the universities had given undertakings at the time of their recognition that they would abide by the rules.
“They have put their law students at risk and made themselves liable to be de-recognised,” the statement said.
“All students admitted to such campuses/law colleges other than main campuses of the aforementioned universities are hereby informed that the degrees issued by any of them shall not be valid for the purpose of enrollment as advocate with a bar council,” the statement said.
“The students should, therefore, make it sure to seek admission only at main campuses of the universities and not at any of their sub-campuses or affiliated law collages.
The delinquent campuses have been opened in violation of rules and are liable to be de-recognised by the PBC,” the statement said.
The statement said that any university, recognised by the PBC before 2006, that affiliated a law college outside its jurisdiction would also be liable to be de-recognised by the PBC and its LLB degree would not be valid.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 1st, 2014.