Central university of Odisha to start law school in next session
By Express News Service | Published: 01st September 2013 12:10 PM |
The Central University of Odisha, Koraput, will start a law school in next academic session. This was formally announced by Vice-Chancellor of the University Surabhi Banerjee at its special convocation held in the Capital city on Saturday.
The law school, Banerjee said, would be different from other law schools in the country for its unique curriculum. The teachers of the Central University had held brainstorming sessions with experts from the judiciary from across the country to create the law courseware, she added.
On the occasion, the Central University conferred Honoris Causa on Dr Gopal Subramaniam, former Solicitor General of India and an eminent jurist. The degree was awarded by NR Madhav Menon, founder-director, National Law University Bangalore and Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court Kalyanjyoti Sengupta. Dr Subramaniam said it was the greatest honour in his life.
Later in the day, a national symposium on legal education was held where speakers suggested unique courses that can be included in the upcoming law school curriculum. Chief Justice Sengupta said Central University of Odisha’s law school will play an important role in making tribals of the region aware about their rights and help establish the rule of law. Describing a roadmap for the school, Menon said the four-year law course should include three years of classroom teaching and one year of field work. He also spoke about a number of reformative measures in legal education and different kinds of legal education.
Director of Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, New Delhi, G Mohan Gopal lamented that the poor people have been isolated from the legal system of the country as lawyers fight only for the rich. He proposed that the Government should set up a cadre of salaried ‘public defenders’ to fight for justice to the poor. He said the need of the hour is to address the crisis and challenges faced by legal education which include changing the theoretical foundations of law.
Among others, MP Pinaki Mishra and Judge of Calcutta High Court Aniruddha Bose also spoke.