Chandigarh 14th October
Aryans College of Law, Chandigarh today organized a seminar on “Legal Education in India: Past, Present & Future” in PHD Chamber, Sector-31, A Chandigarh. S. Fatehdeep Singh, Hon’ble Justice, Punjab & Haryana High Court was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
Dr. Anmol Rattan Sidhu, President, Punjab & Haryana High Court Bar Association; Advocate H.C Arora, Social Activist;S. Ravinder Singh Bassi, President, District Bar Association, Chandigarh; were the Guests of Honour while Dr. Anshu Kataria, Chairman, Aryans Group presided over the function.
The function commenced with the lamp lighting ceremony by the guests. The seminar was attended by over 300 LL.B and BA-LL.B students of Aryans in 2 different morning & evening session.
Justice Fatehdeep Singh While speaking said that the concept of legal education in India goes back to the Vedic age when it was essentially based on the concept of Dharma. The Kings either used to dispense justice themselves or appoint Judges and Assessors to administer justice. In year 1857, first step was taken to impart formal legal education in the country by setting up three universities, in Calcutta, Madras and Bombay.
Justice Fatehdeep Singh further said that with the advancement of technology on the one hand there would be ease and reduction in pending court cases while on the other hand over use of technology is leading to the growth of cyber crime also.
Justice Fatehdeep Singh further said that over the years, there has been a considerable degeneration of academic standards within law departments due to the challenges being faced by legal institutions including Physical infrastructure, financial resources, Need for developing philanthropic initiatives, Hiring good teachers & researchers etc. As a result, the ability to attract serious students with a passionate commitment to study law has always been a challenge across the country.
Dr. Anmol Rattan Sidhu while speaking about the past said that before India attained independence in 1947, there were only a few law schools in the country. With the independence of the country, legal education acquired importance, as rule of law became a fundamental doctrine for the governance of the country. After democratic form of Government it became necessary that judicial system of the country should be brought in tune with social, economic and political needs of the society. Gradually legal education was introduced as a course of study in a number of States.
H.C Arora while speaking about the present scenario said that the quality of legal education has a direct impact on the prestige of the legal profession and thus we should identify the areas of default and initiate corrective action to repair the damage.
Ravinder Bassi speaking about the future of legal education said that Legal education must be given its status of a professional course of study and like any other professional course its standards must be regulated. The senior members of the Bar must suggest means for attracting the students to the profession.
Dr. Anshu Kataria while speaking on the occasion said that in past few years legal education has become popular among the students. He further said that around 50,000 candidates appeared in CLAT -2017 against around 2342 seats in 18 National Universities of Law in India which shows the huge competition across the Country.
On the occasion students namely Sanyam,Renu, Gurpreet of BA-LL.B 1st Year and Pallavi Sharma, Aarti Sharma, Mukul Sadiura of LL.B 1st year were also honoured for their academic achievements.
Advocate Deepak Jindal; Prof. B.S Sidhu, Director, Administration; Dr. Raman Rani Gupta, Director, Academics; Ms. Sukhaman Bath, Registrar; Ms Jasmeen Kaur, HOD, Law Dept, Aryans Group etc were also present on the occasion.