BCI to intensify stir against HER Bill

Ahmedabad: After two days of nationwide strike, the Bar Council of India (BCI) has reiterated their resolve to intensify the protest against the Higher Education and Research (HER) Bill, 2011.

Addressing the mediapersons here, BCI Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said, "We have achieved a grand success in two days` strike by showing our strength and seriousness of our protest against the Bill."

"After seeing this strength and unity of the fraternity, we are hoping that our demands to withdraw this Bill will be met. Otherwise we are going to intensify our protest," Mishra said.

On July 11 and 12, lawyers from across the country had stayed away from work in courts, except the Supreme Court, as a part of nation wide protest called by BCI against the inclusion of legal education in the Higher Education and Research (HER) Bill, 2011.

Outlining the future actions BCI have planned, in case Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry refuses to agree with their demands, Mishra said, "Thousands of lawyers from every part of the country will sit on `dharna` at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on the opening day of the coming monsoon session of Parliament."

"From there we will march to the Parliament and demand immediate withdrawal of the Bill," he added.

Introduced in Rajya Sabha last year, the Bill seeks to establish a National Commission which will regulate university education, including legal, vocational, technical, professional and medical education.

Mishra, accompanied by BCI`s executive committee chairman Apurba Kumar Sharma, was here as a part of their visits to all the state Bar Councils to finalise the next stage of protests.

They met all the members of the Bar Council of Gujarat (BCG) and congratulated them for showing solidarity with their national counterparts. "We are thankful to BCG for their efforts, work and dedication," he added.