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Nalsar star is headed to Oxford

Nalsar University of Law was filled with fervour on the occasion of its 9th annual convocation ceremony in the city...

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Updated:September 18, 2011, 8:22 AM IST
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Nalsar star is headed to Oxford
Nalsar University of Law was filled with fervour on the occasion of its 9th annual convocation ceremony in the city...

HYDERABAD: Nalsar University of Law was filled with fervour on the occasion of its 9th annual convocation here on Saturday. Sitting on the dais smiling were chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and Union law minister Salman Khurshid who let themselves sink in the jubilation of the students. "I am as excited as you are to be wearing the convocation gown. I never wore it for my own convocation when I graduated," said the chief minister, drawing an applause from the audience.

The festive atmosphere filled the chief minister with nostalgia about his own college days and he told the students that school and college days are the best when one can focus on whatever one wants to do without being burdened with other responsibilities in life. He felt that the Indian judicial system has come a long way and the need of the hour is to evolve a speedy system to settle disputes within a time frame. Nalsar University is given Rs 4 crore per annum and the government has provided Rs 50 crore to it so far, the chief minister said. He added that the university will be developed further and the state aims to make Hyderabad the knowledge and education capital of the country.

Salman Khurshid said the parliamentary response to the recent civil society movement marks the emergence of novel dynamics of decision making and this calls upon the researchers and educationists to elucide a new politicolegal process of governance. "There have been remarks that there are too many lawyers involved in the government today. The same is true of the opposition parties, civil society and the media," the minister said.

He felt that the quality of governance must rest on the quality of legal education in the country.

He quoted the report of the Working Group on Legal Education submitted to the Knowledge Commission saying the challenge that India's legal and judicial system is facing is to ensure that common people enjoy their constitutional rights.

The minister opined that the legal education should aim to prepare professionals who will also be leaders. The lawyers passing out of the law schools have to be sensitised to the needs of those who are vulnerable to being nudged out of the justice delivery system.

He told the students that the challenge of bringing together conventional notion of law with the pluralistic stirrings of a young population is no less than the nation's freedom struggle. The National Law School system has brought about tremendous change in the legal education system. However, the nonlaw schools have to maintain the standards of the 14 law schools in the country, he said.

Chief justice of Andhra Pradesh and chancellor of Nalsar University

Nisar Ahmad Kakru opined that universities are hollow unless they deal with the problems of the country such as corruption, illiteracy, caste bias and communal frictions. He also felt that to achieve such standards, our universities must not have economic barriers.

He encouraged inculcation of scientific temperament among students in the universities to evolve a globally harmonised culture.

State minister for law and courts Erasu Prathap Reddy, former Supreme Court judge SSM Quadri, judges of High Court and others were present.

When Their Hard Work

Pays Rich Dividends

As many as 412 students passed the PG diploma courses, 95 LLM and 78 BA. One research scholar was awarded PhD by Nalsar University at its ninth convocation. Shreya Atrey, a BA LLB student, was awarded 11 gold medals for her outstanding achievement in the coursework.

Speaking to Express, she said she is heading to Oxford University for higher studies. Atrey is passionate about jurisprudence and wants to come back to India to teach after her higher studies.

"Top of the World" is how I feel said Vikramaditya Singh Malik who was awarded 5 gold medals. He said he expected 3 gold medals but 5 was a surprise! He is also a cricketer who played for the university team. He is all set to go to Delhi for a job. His proud mother Suchita Malik, a lecturer, said she felt all the years of parenting was worth it. "He had an identity crisis as his sister was excellent in studies and wanted to match up to her. Also, I am used to standing on the dais announcing students' names, but when I saw my own son there, my joy knew no bounds," she said.

The chief minister and the Union Law minister stood for photographs with the students wishing them success and later the students interacted with the chief minister.

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