Considers inclusion of Right to Education Act in curriculum, BCI informs Delhi HC

Last updated time: 14 March 2023, 17:44 IST

A counsel for the Bar Council of India (BCI) said the body would definitely consider the representation within a reasonable time (File Photo/News18)

According to the legal education regulations, the Council is given the responsibility of assigning compulsory subjects in legal education centers.

The Bar Council of India on Tuesday told the Delhi High Court that it would consider making the Right to Education Act a compulsory subject in law colleges “within a reasonable time frame”.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma heard a public interest litigation filed by an NGO, Social Lawyer, which argued that the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, the fundamental rights of children can be genuinely implemented. only if the letter and spirit are taught as a compulsory subject in the curriculum and not just a part of the subject.

Advocate Ashok Agarwal, the petitioner’s counsel, said last month that a proposal was made to the council to include the RTE act in the curriculum and the authority should be asked to take a decision on the same.

A lawyer for the Bar Council of India (BCI) said the body would definitely consider the representation within a reasonable time.

According to the principles of legal education, the Council has the right to appoint compulsory subjects in legal education centers.

A bench comprising Justice Subramonium Prasad said during the hearing that the applicant should give the Council some “breathing time” to decide its representation before filing the application.

The petition states that mandatory teaching of the RTE Act as a separate subject is in the public interest as awareness of the legislation is the backbone of legal education in the country.

The RTE Act, 2009 was enacted by the Parliament of India under Article 21-A of the Constitution of India to guarantee free and compulsory education to all children between the ages of 6-14 years as permitted by the state. law, definition. Both Article 21-A of the Constitution and RTE Act, 2009 came into force from 01.04.2010.

“More than 12 years have passed, but no one among lawyers, lawyers and judges knows about it. We have found that the RTE Act, 2009 has not yet been incorporated into the curriculum of law students in law colleges and universities,” the statement said.

He added that the right to education is the main right of children, but it has not been implemented in its true meaning and spirit. The application stated that the legal education system has an additional responsibility to introduce lawyers to ways of protecting this right and providing justice to children.

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