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The state government has allowed a proposal to start four law colleges under Mumbai University in the next academic year though the Bar Council of India (BCI) decided early this week not to allow any in the country for three years. he university's senate members are opposed to the move as the annual plan for session 2020-21 was approved without their consent. It shows a requirement of 21 colleges under the university, including nine arts, science and commerce colleges, four for law, two women's colleges and one for skill development. The proposal was passed by the Maharashtra State Commission for Higher Education and Development (MAHED), headed by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. Of the four law colleges, one each has been proposed in Vile Parle and Juhu, when there are two imparting legal education in the area and two more in Bandra, said senate member Pradeep Sawant. "There is no need for new colleges in the area and it has been approved to benefit leading education groups. What will the state government do if these colleges do not have BCI's recognition?" asked Sawant. The senate members asked for a high-level inquiry. A government official claimed the vice-chancellor can prepare the annual plan after consulting a few senior officials when needed. "The university was expected to send the plan by April 30. The deadline is not met on most occasions and the senate meeting cannot be held at short notice. All norms have been followed by the government," he said. Moreover, the powers of BCI may be addressed in the new National Education Policy, the official added. A university official said it is possible that the state may have wanted to clear all proposals before the assembly elections. On August 12, the BCI had taken up the issue of mushrooming law colleges and decided to impose a moratorium on new ones. "There are 1,500 law colleges in the country and many are running without proper infrastructure or full-time faculty. The council has, therefore, decided to phase out all colleges violating norms," said Satish Deshmukh, who was re-elected as the state representative in the BCI. He added that all colleges from Mumbai seeking recognition before August 12 have been approved.