The Punjab University (PU) in Chandigarh is mulling over to reduce the duration of its post-graduate degree course in law, that is, LLM to 1 year duration only. Currently, the LLM is of two-year duration. The University’s Law department has proposed this idea, which is yet to be tabled before the Syndicate meeting to be held on 22 February 2014.
If this proposal gets green signal the course having duration 1 year will commence from the forthcoming academic session 2014-15. Furthermore, the department has also mentioned in their proposal that the course be run only in the morning session.
The idea of restructuring their post-graduate course came in accordance with the one-year LLM study pattern, which is also promoted by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in its recommendation.
On 23 January, the chairperson of the department of laws in PU had written application to the Syndicate to decide over the matter of course duration. The syndicate will also decide whether the course will be run in evening schedule.
Many universities in the country have already shortened the postgraduate law course duration from being 2 years to now only 1. According to University Grants Commission, this move can check migration of Indian law students to foreign Universities as well.
The ongoing two-year course of postgraduate in Law follows semester system. The course has 46 seats on offer including 4 for NRIs.
Students who have cleared an LLB degree examination of Punjab University or an equivalent examination of some other university, which is recognized by the Syndicate, can apply for seeking admission to the first semester class of the LLM course. However, Admission seat will be offered on the basis of candidate’s performance in entrance test only.