New Law College at Tindivanam

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New Law College at Tindivanam

The Madras High Court recently directed the government to grant permission / no objection certificate to the Vanniyar Educational Trust for starting a law college at Tindivanam in Villupuram district.

The direction is to enable the trust to approach the Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University and the Bar Council of India for getting affiliation and final approval for the college.

Allowing a write petition by the trust challenging an order of the Law Secretary rejecting permission to start the college, Justice V. Dhanapalan said since the matter required immediate attention as the academic year was to commence and pursuant to the permission, it should go to the university and BCI, the government should expedite the request, preferably in one week.

Originally, the trust applied for NOC in July 2007 for commencing ‘Saraswathi Law College’ from 2008 – 09. The government refused permission.

After a legal battle for three years, the High Court by an order dated August 13, 2010, directed the government to consider the petitioner’s application.

However, by an order dated December 30, 2010, the government rejected permission on the ground that teachers proposed to be appointed were not qualified and as two other colleges were already functioning at Chengalpattu and Vellore, there was no need for starting a new college at Tindivanam.

Hence, the present petition by the trust, represented by its president G.K. Mani.