Lack of law faculty in government colleges, universities perturb parents

By Khalid Iqbal
February 26, 2024

Rawalpindi:Unfortunately, youngsters of Rawalpindi who want to get law degree have been wandering here and there because there was no government college or university here in the whole Rawalpindi district where male students could study. In the state of helplessness, thousands of male students of Rawalpindi were applying in public sector colleges and universities in other cities where the concerned management was taking law classes.

Law students are photographed at the Supreme Court. — Facebook/Islamabad School of Law

The parents and students have appealed to higher authorities to open law faculty in all government colleges and universities Luckily, Fatima Jinnah University (FJU), Rawalpindi is dealing with law but only for girls.

No doubt, there were hundreds of private law colleges where the concerned managements dealing law but totally unaffordable for a middle class family. The private law colleges were demanding Rs300,000 or above annually which was unaffordable for parents. On the other hand, fee structure in public sector universities was reasonable as compared to private universities.

Punjab Bar Council (PBC) Senior Member Sanaullah Zahid told ‘The News’ that all public sector colleges in Rawalpindi must open law departments. He has admitted that there is not a single government university or college here in Rawalpindi where law is taught. It was compulsory to clear Law Admission Test (LAT) conducted by Higher Education Commission (HEC).

Talking to ‘The News’ parents and law students, appealing to higher authorities to start law programme in all government colleges and universities to break the monopoly of private law colleges.

Muhammad Shakoor, a father and resident of Rawalpindi said that his son was doing law from a private law college. “I am paying Rs280,000 annually which was unaffordable for me,” he said. There are several government colleges like Asghar Mall Degree College, Satellite Town Degree College, Hashmat Ali Degree College, Sir Syed Degree College, Gordon Degree College etc. but unfortunately not a single college was teaching law.

Rehana Kausar, a widow said that my son was doing law. First I paid Rs1800 fee for Law Admission Test. After clearing LAT my son applied in public sector universities but merit was too high in universities. At last my son was gotten admission in Chakwal University which is under control of Punjab government. Now, my son is studying in Chakwal and living in a hostel. “I am praying higher authorities to open law faculty in government colleges in Rawalpindi,” she said.

Several other parents and students appealing to newly established government to establish a law college and university in Rawalpindi or open law faculty in all government colleges. Secondly, newly established government should regularise private law colleges fee structure because it was totally unaffordable for public.