Professor Poonam Saxena, Vice Chancellor, National Law University Jodhpur
Legal education today, has crossed the boundaries of the classroom and has acquired multifarious dimensions including innovative pedagogy. Learning of substantive law and experimenting with its impact on the societal welfare serves the very purpose for which a civilised society exists and creates rules and regulations. The interface between law and its benefits to the society and law students extensive involvement to make lives of our brethren living in challenged circumstances better is perhaps the inherent core Indian value for which our students are known. Selfless efforts in identifying issues that need to be addressed and novel ways of putting them across is a remarkable feat only the young, extremely dedicated and focused students can demonstrate and accomplish. Legal Aid and Awareness Committee (LAAC) at NLU, Jodhpur has as its members and volunteers, spirited and committed students whose vision and mission is to bring in an upgradation in the life of lesser fortunate people living in the vicinity of the campus as also at a distance. The zeal to usher in improvement is supported by a firm conviction that education and awareness of law, and legally enforceable rights by the people go hand in hand and can make a remarkable difference in their lives. Thus, the legal aid camps, creating legal awareness through blogs and newspaper columns, street plays and nukkad naataks, was effectively supplemented with conducting an extensive survey of the implementation of the right to education project in 110 schools of Jodhpur district to examine the ground reality. Adoption of one village and making visible improvements, by carrying and arranging for repairs in the school building, tree plantations for increasing green cover, cleanliness campaign and taking forward the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, organising community programs in village Surpura and laying emphasis on education of both children as also adults are a few but extremely sensitive, powerful and laudable ventures that would add a firm mark in social welfare.
Professor I.P. Massey – Patron (LL.M. (Lko), LL.M. (Calif. Berkeley), Ph.D.)
Dean, Faculty of Law
In 21st century shape of legal education is undergoing tremendous change. Experiential legal learning has become an integral part of the curriculum. Students besides class-room learning also learn from concrete situations through their experience in society. Thus develop a well-rounded personality and student becomes sensitive to legal problems which people face in the society. It is for this reason National Law University, Jodhpur puts lots of emphasis on experiential learning. University has established a Legal Aid and Awareness Committee under the supervision of one senior faculty member. Activities of this committee include holding of legal aid and awareness camps where through various methods people, in rural India, are made aware of their rights entitlements and responsibilities. Committee also undertakes various community programmes. National Law University, Jodhpur has adopted a village and the Committee undertakes it to make it litigation free. Committee organized a unique Public Interest Litigation filing competition, 2017 which was a huge success. It was presided over by a sitting judge of the High Court of Rajasthan. This programme was highly academically rewarding experience for the student.
I wish this committee a huge success in the service of the nation.
Mr. Sohan Lal Sharma (R.A.S.) – Registrar, National Law University, Jodhpur
M.Com. (Accountancy and Business Statistics)
My heartiest congratulations to all the team members of Legal Aid and Awareness Committee, National Law University, Jodhpur. The need of the hour is to bring in new initiatives and implementing excellent ideas under the Committee. I am sure efforts of LAAC Team would help promote better standards of education, awareness and issues of concern of public at large in the State of Rajasthan. The LAAC has adopted a village Surpura and the team has been doing commendable work to develop the village. The LAAC recently organized the first Intra-University Public Interest Litigation filing competition, 2017 which was a unique experience for the students.
Once again, congratulations to all involved and keep up these excellent jobs.