New Delhi: The Bar Council of India has declared a 3 year ban on opneing of new engineering colleges in the country. The apex body of lawyers, however, has allowed States to open National Law Universities (NLUs).

The BCI has said that the step is aimed at improving the standard of law education in the country. The Council, while requesting the State governments to ensure high standard of law colleges within four months, has stated that it would see to it that institutions with out any proper infrastructure or faculty would be closed down in the next three years.

The Council discussed about the mushrooming of law colleges in the country in a meeting on Sunday. Ved Prakash Sharma, in fact, raised the issue in the Council.

According to BCI there are about 1,500 law colleges in the country.

The approval/ recognition of LLB degrees is within the domain of the BCI.

The BCI in 2016 had declared a moratorium on opening of new law colleges for two years and had urged the State governments and universities not to give NOC, but as many as 300 colleges came up since then.