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September 14, 2003
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Department of Law, DU
Change of curriculum is a must to achieve international standard
Dhaka University has started its journey with the department of law among others in 1921. In the course of time it has become a faculty. Three years (honours) course was introduced in the sessions of 1972-73. It extended up to four years from 1977-78 sessions. Though nearly 25 years has been passed the curriculum, lecture methods, course modules are still remaining ancient. More over political rivalry has hugged the department like other of the university. Hence, students of different class have come up with their various problems and suggestions to Anisur Rahman of Law Desk.
There is lack of accountability
Tanim Hussain Shawon LL.M
After being completed the LL.M from Dhaka University
I felt that more comprehensive and multidimensional approach should be
adopted. The LL.B programme of our department is mainly focused on building
lawyers. LL.M programme is totally different from it. Some serious reformation
is necessary in LL.B programme. New, modern subjects, like International
Trade and Business Law, new development of intellectual property law have
to be introduced.
There is an unhealthy competition
Mehar Nigar Suchona
I feel proud studying law. We are lucky enough
that our class is taking place regularly comparing to other departments.
But one thing is that except some exceptional teachers, our teachers follow
the traditional way of teaching, which makes learning law boring. Some
teachers are made bound to lecture on a subject without his/her will that
is embarrassing for both the students and teachers. Case law is always
neglected here. Course system should be restructured. Jurisprudence, Law
of Contract may be taught in the 2nd or 3rd year.
Result should be published within
I think there are series of problems in our course
order or arrangement. As for example, jurisprudence is a tough subject,
it is not fit for a first year student, and it should be taught in third
year. On the other hand, easy subjects like Roman law, Equity and Trust
should be taught in first year. Both CrPC and Penal Code are difficult
subjects, each carrying 50 marks, are taught as one course in third year.
These two papers need to be separated each allocating 100 marks. Again
separating 'Govt. and Politics form Constitution, I think, unnecessary,
as contents of both the papers are almost same. Moreover, inclusion of
Court Fees Act, Suit Valuation Act, Civil Rules and Orders in our course
structure is necessary.
Teacher's performance should be
Moazzem Hossain Tareq
think the environment of study in the department is satisfactory. As a
matter of fact in Bangladeshi we cannot expect better environment than
the prevailing one.
We are engaged in private universities at the cost of our own students
Dr. Mizanur Rahman
Law Desk: Students said that teaching method of the department is very traditional and the teachers are focused only few students of the class. What is your comment?
M. Rahman: We can not and must
not shy on to disclose the problem. I must say that most of students deprived
of teacher's attention. Reasons behind the problem are firstly that teachers
themselves are not well trained; they do not have sufficient skills of
communication. Teachers should be trained before allowed to lecture in
the class. Here one is appointed as a teacher who completed his education
just now. But in abroad he or she has to work as a junior teacher and
after acquiring sufficient skill in teaching they are allowed to lecture
in the class. We have big classroom with almost 120 students. Obviously
a teacher is unable to communicate every student of the class. They are
only depending on delivering lecture. Since teachers are engaged in delivering
lectures they usually depend on the class notes which he or she prepared
during student life without refreshing it with recent development.
Law desk: According to students there is a huge communication gap between students and teachers and students don't have any participatory role.
M. Rahman: This problem lies on the whole university. We may talk about the DUCSU. Obviously students' participation in DUCSU is out of question now. The participatory students are belonging to different political parties. This is reflected in the department of law. We don't have any students' participation whether it is good or bad. There is a huge communication gap between students and teachers. The problem is, firstly, the teachers- student's ratio. We have only 35 teachers against the six or seven hundred students. It is not possible to make a friendly relationship with all the students in this situation. Teachers and students must follow certain standard, which demand that every member of the community should behave rationally and reasonably. But this is absent among most of the members of the community of law department. This hinders development of proactive teachers-students relationship.
Law desk: The department of law does not publish journal regularly, teachers also don't have regular publication.
M.Rahman: In the western universities
especially in the USA there are journals of law which are edited by students
containing articles written by any member of the faculty. Bur this is
absolutely absent in our department. We have a journal (Dhaka University
Studies, part- F) which is known as law journal. But the peculiarity is
that this journal is "closed" journal. Articles are written
only by the teachers of the department. We failed to publish it for the
last three years. The reason may be firstly that we did not have sufficient
articles. But why? Secondly there is an editorial board which decides
the articles to be published. But it is a matter of fact that the editor
himself decides it which violates the very purpose of the editorial board.
As Dean of the faculty is the editor of the journal and since he is busy
in many different works it is quite hard for him to concentrate publishing
Law desk: Most of students alleged that the teachers are indulged in politics rather than studies and they also engaged in Private Universities.
I usually ask my students to see whether a particular teacher is operating
his course duly, regularly. Whether he teaches the course or simply gossiping,
whether the teacher is available for the students. It is not matter that
a teacher has particular political ideology. It is necessary that whether
the teacher is capable and knowledgeable to conduct a course, whether
he is given sufficient time to solve the queries of students. It is not
a problem if they conduct their duties entrusted to them.
We are going to remodel the whole syllabus
Law desk: Most of the students have suggested that new courses should be introduced in the department. Have you any plan in this regard?
T.Monsoor: Yes. The world has changed. We must work to go with the changing world. We are going to remodeling the whole syllabus keeping in mind the changing world. We are going to introduce semester system. Six months will be a semester. In six months five subjects will be taught and we will taught at least 40 subjects in LL.B programme. Some subjects will be taught in two semesters. Such as the Muslim Law, Business Law which will cover all sorts of law relating to the business, International Law etc. We are going to introduce medical jurisprudence. So some new courses will be introduced ultimately.
Law desk: Students have suggested that procedural law should be taught by the practising lawyer.
T.Monsoor: I don't think so. Our teachers are competent enough to teach every sorts of law. We have law clinic. So practicing lawyers are not essential. What is essential is that you must know the law and how it is practiced. If anything left the student can learn it from the law clinic because the practicing lawyers and the resource persons teach in the law clinic. In law clinic we have taught the procedural laws, legal training and advocacy skill and how to conduct legal research. It is not our aim to produce lawyers in the narrow sense but our aim is to produce the legal researcher. We also teach drafting of the case. So every thing is covered in the law clinic. So I don't think that only the practitioner should teach the procedural laws.
Law desk: Students of LL.M have alleged that they are given a poor time to prepare research monograph.
T.Monsoor: I agree that the time is very poor. The problem is that implementation of law is not here. Research monograph is supposed to give few months before the final exam. It is peculiar that students do not demand it officially. You must come to change the practice. As there is no demand from the students the practice is continue.
Law desk: students expressed their disappointment that the journal is not published regularly and the department did not take any initiative to organise seminar on different issues.
T. Monsoor: The journal is not published from 1998. I am the editor of the Dhaka University Studies (part F) 2003. I request our teachers to write articles and I thing we will be able to published it within short time. I promise for development of all sectors of the department because it is just like our child.
Law desk: Students alleged that the result is published after a long time from their final examination.
Monsoor: The procedures of prepare result is very rigid. First
of all the first examiner examines the answer sheet, then the second examiner
does it and after all the result come to our hand then we go for the tabulation.
So we can not go for tabulation as long as all the results of the first
examiner, the second examiner and if required the third examiner do not
come to our hand. The tabulators do not give so much time to prepare the
result. We don't have other way before get the result from the examiners.
But one thing I must say that we must changed our attitude.
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