'Red tape delaying grant to 19 private law colleges'

'Red tape delaying grant to 19 private law colleges'

Unaided Private Law Colleges Association (UPLCA) have blamed the Social Welfare Department for the delay in clearing the file pertaining to grant-in-aid for 19 private law colleges in the State.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Association Honorary president Prof S H Patil said that after a two-decade struggle, the UPLCA’s demand to get the grant-in-aid had came to a final stage.

But the red tape in the Social Welfare Department has become a major obstacle for the final approval, he added.

When all private colleges were brought under the grant-in-aid in 1978, the law colleges run by the private managements were left out.

At present, due to some political interest, only eight law colleges are included in the grant-in-aid code, he added. The BJP government in 2012 had considered the matter and the Education Commissioner issued the order including the 19 colleges for grant-in-aid.

After the approval from Finance and Law departments, the file is now with the department since one-and-half-years, he added.

“While all aided ITI, polytechnics and degree college teachers are getting direct salary from the government, our teachers are totally sidelined. This is nothing but the negligence of the State government towards the law education,” Patil said.

Teaching and non-teaching staff and the college managements have decided to stage a hunger strike from July 23 if their demands are not met, he added.

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