Rules & Regulations


A- INTRODUCTION

The Institute of Legal Studies (TILS) is an exclusive institution with certain distinct features, both, in the field of academic and extra-curricular activities.

We believe that the aims of the Trust cannot be achieved without specific planning and proper interaction between the teachers and the taught. Parents figure as the most vital link in this interaction. A careful study of the Handbook of Regulations, available at the Reception, is therefore, a must for all those parents who wish to have their children enrolled in this institution. Students are also required to read and familiarize themselves with the rules and regulations in the Handbook of Regulations.

This handbook is conceived with the singular aim to fully acquaint parents, as well as the students, with the different systems and discipline rules prevalent at TILS.

B- THE ACADEMIC YEAR

1- Days and Timings
Working Days  
LLB, LLB (Hons) Classes are held from Tuesday to Saturday. Sundays are off. Administrative offices are open on Mondays. Members of the faculty are available for consultation.
CertHE Common Law Classes are held from Tuesday to Saturday. Sundays are off. Administrative offices are open on Mondays. Members of the faculty are available for consultation.
Timings  
Summer 9.30 a.m to 4:00 p.m
Winter 10:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m
2- Academic Terms

The following schedule normally applies and if the date of commencement coincides with a public holiday, commencement date will be the next working day:

Autumn Term/ First Term (13 weeks)
Winter Term/ Second Term (16 weeks)
3- Examination Timetable
First Term Examination: Second/Third week of December
Mock Examinations (LLB/Diploma) First week of April
Final Examination Second/Third week of May

C- DISCIPLINE

1 - Co-Education and its Ethics

Introduction
TILS is a co-education institution. While single sex institutes have various advantages for both boys and girls, it is nevertheless essential that educational institutions within the country should also offer an environment conducive to a healthy interaction between the sexes. Clearly there are certain advantages, to both girls and boys, of being in such an environment.
Co-education is a difficult policy to pursue particularly in a society where male-female interaction has not yet fully developed and where women still constitute a small fraction of the urban labour force, as compared to western societies where co-education is the norm. This is not to suggest that co-education institutions in the West do not face problems though they are of a somewhat different nature.

Need for a Stated Policy
The need for this document has arisen since in the last few years TILS has expanded. At present there are over 300 enrolled students and the number is expected to increase in the coming years. Over the past two years because of the increased population of over seventeen year olds, the Institute has experienced various situations relating to interaction between boys and girls. While an implied understanding existed between students, the Institute and the parents about the nature of such interaction, it is now considered imperative that a written policy should be made available so that future candidates and their parents are aware of the standards of conduct expected by the Institute. This document is, therefore, a statement of what has been operating in the past and has thus a consensus value so far as the staff and parents are concerned.
The problem of a progressive institution committed to co-education is to strike a healthy balance between   the legitimate right of young people to have the freedom to interact with each other, and the right of a culture to expect responsible behavior from them. From the Institution’s point of view it means that while social interaction between boys and girls is a healthy phenomenon and is likely to make them mature in their attitude, the Institute cannot allow students to develop obsessive preoccupations, or for students to waste their study time, or to deceive teachers or parents because of such obsessions.
It must be stated here that TILS does not claim to have a monopoly of the best ethics applicable in co-education. Whilst recognizing that other institutions have different views and standards of acceptable behaviour, TILS nevertheless reserves the right to define its parameters in the following manner.

  • Parents are not only well-wishers but also the sponsors of their children’s education. It is therefore the duty of an academic institution to keep parents in the picture regarding the conduct of their children
  • The Institute’s role is not only academic preparation for examinations, but also to discuss with parents, matters related to his/her conduct and to recommend accordingly.
  • An important part of the Institute’s conduct is the personal interaction between boys and girls. While the Institute does not wish to suppress students’ sense of comradeship, it intends to carefully monitor inter-personal interaction within the Institute.
    If a need arises, the following steps can be taken:
    • A meeting with the student for discussion and clarification combined with a commitment for change.
    • A meeting with the parents to inform them and also to develop corrective measures with their support.
    • If both the above steps fail, recommendation by the Institute for the student(s) to be withdrawn.
  • As per The Institute’s policy, which has always been in operation, please note that a student is expected to immediately be withdrawn if he/she conducts himself/herself within the Institute in a manner which is offensive to the expected norms of co-education e.g. uses foul language, makes obscene gestures, and imports offensive material/literature.
  • It is often maintained that an academic institution has no jurisdiction over a child’s behavior outside its premises. We consider that both parents and the Institute are concerned with their conduct inside and outside the campus. Given this, the following policy must be noted:
    • Any incident of misconduct outside the Institute will be considered as seriously as if it had happened inside the Institute.

Support from Parents
Implementation of any of the Institute’s policy requires parents’ support in the following areas:

  • Responsibility for the monitoring of a young person’s conduct and his/her interpersonal relationships outside the Institute.
  • Just as the Institute takes the parents in confidence for students’ conduct inside the Institute so the parents should inform, discuss and seek advice from the Institute regarding their son’s/daughter’s conduct outside including the company they keep.

2 - Attendance
  • Students are expected to be in their classes before the scheduled time as given in the time table. A student who is more than ten minutes late may not be allowed to enter the class.
  • Students are expected to maintain a minimum of 85% attendance in each subject.
  • A student may be absent from the Institute upon submitting a written application by the parent/guardian which must be submitted to the office either before the leave period starts or, at the latest, on the day the student resumes attendance at the Institute after the absence.
  • If a student is absent without an application or notice for two weeks his/her name will be struck off the register.
  • All the rules stated in the undertaking signed by each student apply.
3 - Library Rules
  • The library is run by a qualified librarian. The library offers a variety of books including textbooks. The books are catalogued according to the international Dewey System. Students are encouraged and given personal guidance by the Librarian for reference and selection of the books.
  • The librarian on receipt of the book card will enter the date of return on the relevant forms, retain the book card for future reference and issue the book to the student concerned.
  • No book is to be issued on PROXY.
  • A maximum of 6 books may be issued at a time.
  • Reference books and books marked “Not to be removed from the library” may not be issued.
  • All books can be re-issued as and when required. Three re-issues are permissible in case there is no request for the said book. In case the desired book has already been issued and a copy is not available, the student can put their name down and reserve the next issue.
  • The book has to be personally produced for the re-issue, as the cards have to be marked
  • The library books are to be returned on the specified date, given by the librarian.
  • Returned books are to be handed personally to the librarian for the necessary check.
  • On a book returned late a fine of Rs. 100/- per day will be charged.
  • In case a book is lost while in the custody of the student, he/she is encouraged to find the lost book within a period of two weeks, failing which he/she has to pay the total cost of the lost book.
  • Photo-copying facilities (on nominal payment) are available in the library.
  • Any books removed from the shelves for study work in the library are not to be returned to the shelf itself but put in area designated by the sign, “Please place books here for shelving”.
  • All books, journals, newspapers and other publications in the library are The Institute’s property; therefore, students must refrain from any scribbling, written remarks, and tearing off newspapers’ pages, portions of books etc.
4 - Cafeteria

A cafeteria serving food is open throughout the day. The quality of food, prices and the atmosphere in the cafeteria is monitored by the Administration.
To maintain a certain degree of decorum the students must be civil in conduct. To ensure a conducive atmosphere in the cafeteria the following guidelines should be observed.

  • Students must abstain from indulging in unruly behavior (shouting, pushing, swearing, fighting, littering etc.) in the cafeteria.
  • It is to be noted that all drinks and food items must not be taken into the library or classrooms under any circumstances.

5 - Photocopy

A photocopying machine is installed in the building that is operated by a full time technician. The photocopy facility is available at a nominal cost to students. Students are required to pay in advance and allow 24 hours before delivery.

6 - Computer & Internet usage

Computers along with internet facility are installed in the library. These are to be used for the purposes of research, assignments, and other academic activities. Misuse of this facility in any way can result in withdrawal of this facility to the user.

7 - Telephone

The phone is available for general use by the students on payment in the common room under the supervision of the canteen manager. It is deemed that only in emergencies the requests of students to use the office phones may be accepted.

D- Enforcement of Rules

The following methods are in operation

  • Warning/reprimand
  • Suspension of certain student’s privileges
  • Suspension from The Institute
  • Fines
  • Expulsion

Note:
Persistent violation of any rule may result in suspension or expulsion.

E- Gross Misconduct

Gross misconduct will result in immediate suspension, which will continue till the completion of any inquiry. On being found guilty, the student(s) in question may be:

  • heavily fined
  • suspended for a more prolonged period
  • asked to be withdrawn
  • expelled

Students guilty of gross misconduct, if allowed to continue at the Institute (depending upon the nature and degree of misconduct) will be stripped of all the Institute‘s titles/honors.

Examples of cases of Misconduct
  • Physical violence
  • Breach of co-education ethics
  • Abusive language
  • Damage to the Institute’s property/transport
  • Misbehaviour/rudeness/disobedience with members of staff
  • Import of obscene material/audio/visual tapes etc.
  • Cases of unethical/uncivilised behaviour outside the Institute
  • Use of forbidden items
  • Smoking during lectures and in the Library.

F- Disciplinary Committee

Permanent members

  • Mr. Jahanzeb Khan Bharwana (Head of the Committee)
  • Mr. Nayyar Abbas Rizvi
  • Third member to be inducted by the Head of the Disciplinary Committee

G- Fee Payment Rules

  • The tuition fee for the year is collected in Two installments. First installment is payable at the time of admission and the Second installment is payable on 15th of November.
  • Tuition fee cards are issued at least two weeks in advance of the last date of payment of tuition fee. Fee cards are sent to parents through pupils. If the parent does not receive the fee card they must contact the office.
  • After the final date of payment, the fee is received for a grace period of 10 days with a fine of Rs. 1000.
  • If the fee is paid by cheque and the bank returns the cheque unpaid, a charge of Rs. 1,000 is made to cover administrative costs in addition to the late fee charges (if applicable).
  • After the grace period is over the student’s name is subject to cancellation and re-admission of the student is conditional upon
    • The full payment of the Admission Fee
    • The full payment of all outstanding dues
    • A vacancy in class since the place might have been offered to another applicant , and
    • Recommendation by the Head for re-admission of the student
  • The Admission Fee and Security Deposit are payable once only at the time of admission. The security deposit refundable only when
    • The student leaves the institute
    • Tuition fee are not outstanding, and
    • No deduction have been made against the deposit
  • Tuition fee once paid is not refundable irrespective of whether the student leaves the course voluntary or is asked to leave the course on academic, disciplinary or any other grounds.
  • Parent with more than two children attending the college are charged full fee for the two older children and half fee for the other children.
  • A student, who joins the College during the term, is charged full fee for the term.
  • Tuition fees normally increase at the rate of 10-15% per year.
  • Withdrawal from the College requires at least one term’s notice or one term’s fee in lieu of notice.

The Institute reserves the right to change or amend the rule/conditions state