Government Law College started functioning at Kozhikode in the building adjacent to the training college where Government Arts and Science College was formerly functioning. The First year academic class was started during the academic year 1970-71 and the first batch of law graduates came out in 1973. After 1973, the college became a full-fledged institution. In 1976 LLM course was started initially as a part time course but it was converted as a full time course when the college was shifted to a new building at Vellimadukunnu. Now the college offers both 3 year and 5 year LL.B courses and P.G in Law (LL.M in Taxation Laws). On the rolls there are about 700 students at a given time. The college is affiliated to Calicut University. The College has already produced eminent politicians, judges, academicians and lawyers. The College has introduced 5 year integrated BBA LLB (Hons.) degree course from 2011
admission onwards as per Bar Council of India norms.
In pursuit of academic excellence, library assumes high significance. It has a pivotal role to play in the curriculum development and also to attain professional competence. After the establishment, the college has procured a large number of books to cater to the requirements of its students. The college at present has a collection of rare and classic works in law and allied subjects.
The changes in the academic curriculum, viz. the introduction of five year BBA LL.B(Hons.) course and semester system as well as the incorporation of the subjects like intellectual property, arbitration laws, law relating to environment, cyber crimes, management, financial law etc. in the syllabi have increased the importance and use of library in manifold ways. Modern libraries now provide various types of information by using databases and therefore have become the rendezvous of their users and information providers across the world. In order to meet the modern demands, our library needs to be revamped by updating the network facility for the different types of information access and retrieval and providing information by using databases.
Unfortunately, during the yester years, our library was unable to rise to the expectation to its users due to a catena of reasons, the most important of them being financial constraints. Though library of a professional college, it could not garner funds to meet expenditure for its development. The library was not able to purchase even 5% of the total number of journals published, though the college offers post graduate course also.
The library has very scant books in the newly introduced subjects. Further though we have been able to secure the necessary information technology infrastructure, the provision of Internet based services are yet to be fully functional. The main hurdle in the development of the library is that it had to bank mainly upon the funds provided by the U.G.C and State Government, which needless to say is insufficient to satisfy the requirements of an advanced law library. The additional demands from various academic institutions in the State prevent the Government from extending assistance to the library to the level of expectation from academic community.
Given the emerging state of legal education and the demands arising from the academic community as a consequence, it cannot be hoped that the State would be able to extend financial support to fully satisfy the increasing demands of an advanced law library. In the above circumstance, it is incumbent upon us to derive a mechanism to raise funds for the development of the library. It is therefore, proposed to create a “Library Development Fund” for the overall development of the college library. The proposal is to generate a fund from the benefactors – the students – by requiring them to pay an amount of ` 500 at the time of admission, so that the library would be able to provide services comparable to those of the advanced law schools in India and abroad. Such a scheme has an added advantage that it does not involve any additional financial burden to the Government.
The Scheme and Bye-Laws of the Library Development Fund
1. Short title of the Scheme: There shall be a “Library Development Fund” Scheme, Government Law College, Kozhikode.
2. Date of commencement of the Scheme and the bye-laws: The scheme and the bye-laws will came into force with effect from the date of approval by the Government.
3. Objectives of the Scheme:
The objectives of the Scheme are:
a. To collect and raise money from the students and also to accept contributions from well-wishers, alumni and interested groups/organizations for the development of the library.
b. To recommend necessary steps for the upkeep, maintenance and development of the library.
c. To keep, maintain and update the Library Management database from time to time
d. To purchase, upkeep and maintain equipments necessary for the proper functioning of the library.
e. To lay down rules for the maintenance of discipline within the library
f. To engage additional hands on daily wage basis at times of staff shortage for the smooth running of the library.
g. To provide additional facilities in the library to keep it at par with the leading law libraries in India and abroad.
h. To take adequate measures for preserving, restoring and upkeep of books, journals and databases in the library AND
i. To take all other steps for the achievement of the above objectives as the Fund may think necessary.
a. College : means Government Law College, Kozhikode.
b. Fund : means Kozhikode Law College Library Development Fund constituted as per these rules.
c. Library : means Government Law College Library, Kozhikode.
d. Members of the Managing Committee : The members of the Managing Committee shall consist of
(i) Alumni Member :
a. An old student of the college as nominated by the Principal shall be member of the fund.
b. The term of the member nominated from the alumni shall be one year.
(ii) Faculty Members:
a. All permanent regular law teaching faculty members shall ipso facto be members of the Committee during their tenure in the college.
(iii) Ex-officio Members:
a. The Principal, Librarian, Administrative Assistant and Head Accountant shall ipso facto be ex-officio members of the Committee during their tenure in the College
e. Year : ‘Year’ means academic year.
5. Constitution of the Managing Committee of the Fund
a. The Managing Committee of the Fund shall be constituted with the members under Rule 4(d) above.
b. The Principal shall be the ex-officio Chairman of the Fund.
c. All meetings of the Managing Committee or that of the Executive Committee shall be presided over by the Principal and in his absence a member nominated by him. If no one is so nominated, the senior most member present shall preside over the meeting.
6. Executive Committee
a. There shall be an Executive Committee consisting of the Chairman, Convener and five members as nominated by the Principal from among the full-time regular members of the teaching staff. The Head Accountant shall be the ex-officio member.
b. The Senior most law faculty member from among the Executive Committee members shall be its Convener.
c. The Executive Committee will meet once in two months or as is required in writing by half of the total members.
7. Treasurer – The Head Accountant of the College shall be the treasurer of the Fund.
8. Meeting the Managing Committee
Members of the Managing Committee shall meet ordinarily once a year. However, extra-ordinary meeting may be convened on written demand of one-half of the members.
Meetings, both of the Managing Committee and the Executive Committee shall be convened only after 5 days notice to the members concerned. Emergency Meetings can be convened by the Chair person with 24 hours notice.
10. Corpus of the Fund
(i) Corpus of the fund shall consist of:
a. The amount collected from each student @ ` 500 (RUPEES FIVE HUNDRED ONLY) or such other enhanced
amount as decided by the staff council from time to time, at the time of admission.
b. Donations, grants, contributions from Central & State Governments/Agencies, Alumni Association, Bar Associations, PTA of the College and well-wishers.
(ii) The amount thus collected will be deposited in a separate savings bank account with a Nationalized Bank, opened in the name of the fund as decided by the Executive Committee.
(iii) The account shall be operated jointly by the Treasurer and the Principal.
11. Appropriation of the Fund
The corpus of the Fund shall only be utilized for purchase of books, journals, online databases, furniture, Information Technology gadgets, other Library materials, for meeting of the incidental expenses and contingent
expenditure for the smooth running of the Library, engaging additional hands on daily wage basis in times of staff shortage in the library etc. and for meeting all the other objectives of the fund mentioned in bye-law 3 mentioned herein above, as may be approved by the Executive Committee.
Accounts and records of the Fund shall be maintained by the Treasurer.
Quorum of the meeting of the Executive Committee shall be five and that of the Managing Committee shall be more than half of the total members. In the absence of the minimum quorum, the meeting shall be postponed to the same day on the next week on which day the meeting shall be held without any regard to the quorum.
14. Termination of membership of the Executive Committee
A member, except ex officio member, shall cease to be a member if he is absent from three consecutive meetings without intimating any reasons to the Chairman of the meeting in advance, in writing/by sms/email/fax etc.
The accounts of the Fund shall be audited by a Chartered Accountant appointed by the Executive Committee each year. The audit report shall be placed before and be approved by the Managing Committee. Subsequently only to which disbursement of amount in the next year shall be made. The audited accounts approved by the Managing Committee shall be published in the notice board and in the official website of the College.
16. Amendment of Bye-Law
Any amendment to the bye-laws may be made by the Managing Committee in its meeting only by majority of the members present and voting.