School of Law, Ansal University organized 2nd Edition of the Ansal University International Moot Court Competition (AUIMCC) on 23-25 February, 2018. The Competition was inaugurated by Dr. E.M.S. Natiachappan, Former Union Minister and President, Indian Society of International Law (ISIL), Justice S.N. Dhingra, former Judge, Delhi High Court and Dr. K.N. Chaturvedi, former Law Secretary, Government of India on 23 February 2018. The Competition witnessed participation from numerous teams across the country including a team from Indonesia. The finals which were held on 25 February was judged by Hon’ble Justice Karpaga Vinayagam, former Chief Justice, Jharkhand High Court, Dr. Aman Hingorani, Senior Partner at Hingorani & Associates, Mr. Matthew Slone, Director, Global Litigation Services, United Lex, Dr. Sunod Jacob, Associate Professor and International Law expert and Mr. Pranaya Goel, Advocate on Record and Partner, Wadia Ghandy.
Symbiosis Law School, Pune won the competition with a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 and Government Law College Mumbai were the runners up winning a cash prize of Rs. 30,000. Vaibhav Tiwari of Symbiosis, Pune was adjudged as the Best Speaker-1 and Varsha Singh of School of Law, Christ University was adjudged the Best Speaker-2. The award of the Best Memorial was bagged by Symbiosis Law School, Pune and Arnav Bishnoi of RGNUL, Punjab was declared as the Best Researcher.
School of Law, Ansal University hosted ‘Legal Desire Summit & Awards, 2018’ and invited Lawyers, Law firms professionals, law faculty, students, deans, administrators, and scholars across the country. The event served as an opportunity to connect and collaborate with colleagues, discussed critical and emerging legal issues, and focused on fresh perspectives on law and legal education.
The programme started with an Inaugural Session with legal dignitaries namely, Hon’ble Justice M.K. Sharma, Mr. Lalit Bhasin, Mr. Santosh Paul, and Mr. Aristotle Joseph, followed by sessions in the Auditorium and technical sessions simultaneously in other rooms on new laws and challenges, human rights and constitutionalism, arbitration and role of in-house counsels and law and technology, where the students, research scholars and legal professionals across the country presented papers. The main attraction was the presence of Mr. Ram Jethmalani for the Awards Ceremony to felicitate the legal fraternity for their incredible contribution and achievements. School of Law, Ansal University received an award for ‘The Best Emerging Law School’ from the Legal Desire which was given by Mr. Ram Jethmalani and Dr. P. Lakshmi, Dean, School of Law, Ansal University bagged the award for ‘Academic Excellence’. Some of our students, Manmita Chopra, Divyansh Mahajan, Raghumanyu Taneja, Sahil Handa and Vineeth P.R. presented research papers.
School of Law keeping spirits of camaraderie, bonhomie alive hosted its 2nd Annual Sports Meet titled 'Blaze 2018’ on 15-16 February, 2018 which was inaugurated by renowned sports luminaries, esteemed bureaucrats and Academicians such as Mr. Anil Kumar, SP (Prisons), Haryana, Mr. Govind Bali, Renowned Equestrian, Mr. Digvijay Singh, Eminent Golfer in the august presence of Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Ansal University, Dr. Kamlesh Misra and Dean, School of Law, Dr. P. Lakshmi. The fantastic turnout of the students and the pleasant weather were the perfect boost for the sports day of the School of Law. Once the races began on the first day, the air was filled with cheering and tons of encouragement for the young athletes. A wide spectrum of sports, ranging from Football, Athletics, Cricket, Kho-Kho, Basketball to Fun Games like Sack and Lemon race filled the entire ambiance with enormous energy and enthusiasm. Mr. Manoj Dhankar, renowned International Wrestler and Mr. Sajan Singh, renowned Horse rider along with Hon'ble Vice Chancellor, Dr. Kamlesh Misra and Hon'ble Pro Vice Chancellor, Dr. M.K Vajpayee graced the Valedictory Ceremony and distributed Trophies and Medals to the winners amidst euphoric applause by the students of Ansal University. The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. (Dr.) Kamlesh Misra congratulated the winners and is of the view that Gold medals aren't really made of gold but they are made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
An awareness program on “Sexual Harassment at the Workplace” was organised by School of Law, Ansal University on April 4, 2018. Ms. Avani Bansal, Supreme Court Advocate, founder of the popular YouTube channel “Hamara Kanoon” and an alumnus of HNLU Raipur and Oxford University, addressed the students, faculty and staff of the university on the topic of sexual harassment. She discussed the modern contours of sexual harassment and how it has become an all-pervasive nuisance fostered by an environment of silence and acceptance. Ms. Bansal demonstrated how most victims and survivors of sexual harassment resort to silence and our lives begin to end the day we stop speaking for things that matter and it is one such thing and threw some light on the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. As a society, we have certain responsibility towards the victim to be able to let the person come out and speak about it openly as it can happen to anyone even within the four corners of the house by one’s very own family member. She talked about the importance of communal support for victims of sexual harassment at the workplace or elsewhere and the thin line between the compliment and harassment. She also reflected on how this law is being misused by women yet it is important to have a law favouring women for many reasons. This awareness programme was extremely beneficial for the students and these simple awareness programmes make a tangible difference given the fact that being law teachers and law students, we have the responsibility to bring in the change.
School of Law, Ansal University organized an intellectually stimulating Panel Discussion on ‘Brexit and its Challenges to the European Union’ on 3 November 2017. The eminent Polish Public Intellectuals, Prof. Krystian Complak and Dr. Uszula graced the occasion. Prof. Complak delivered a scholarly talk on the impact of Brexit on the European Union and United Kingdom's historical relations with Brussels. The Discussion saw an in-depth and rigorous analysis of Euroscepticism, Globalization, and Civilizational clash of values. English Diplomatic relations with Europe, trade versus human rights in Europe, treaty withdrawal and International Law also featured prominently in the discussion. Dr. P. Lakshmi emphasized on the significance of Panel Discussions for Law Students and the importance of students contemplating and discussing global issues from a critical and analytical perspective. Blending classroom training with scholarly analysis has been the motto of Panel Discussions in School of Law and the Brexit Panel Discussion was a remarkable and memorable addition to this glorious legacy.
Internship and Recruitment Committee (IRC), School of Law organized a Workshop on 'Image Management and Soft Skills' by Ms. Kavita Dhillon. This Workshop was conducted for Ansal University Students by Ms Kavita Dhillon, Chief Image Consultant and Soft Skills Trainer, Extra Edge Image Management and Consulting, a Gurgaon based firm, specialized in image consulting and soft skill training for individuals, institutions, and corporates. Extra Edge trained students on Introduction to the Program - Image and its Importance in today’s life, getting job ready, effective body Language in a job interview, personal grooming and dressing right to impress for an interview session, job interview etiquette that makes you stand out and how to communicate effectively in a job interview.
Lohri, the winter bonfire festival, was celebrated on Friday, 12 January 2018 at School of Law, Ansal University with lots of exuberance and great enthusiasm. The Dean, School of law, along with all the faculty members, staff and students joined the celebrations of this harvest festival which began with the lighting up of the traditional bonfire, encircled by students, and faculty members who danced on the rock n roll beats of dhol and music. The celebration futher led to Lohri Poojan by everyone. Lohri marks the end of winter season and it provides an opportunity to have fun and spend joyous time with friends and family excusing our busy work schedules. This evening was marked by fun and gaiety. The mood on the campus was upbeat and students and faculty were totally absorbed in the festive spirit of Lohri. The Cultural committee (School of Law) ‘Darpan’ organised the event to keep the tradition and culture alive in our festivities.
Gone are the days when after graduating from a law school, one only practiced in courts and law was only compartmentalized into civil and criminal law. There is a plethora of opportunities for a law graduate like practicing in the Courts, Judicial Services, UPSC, Armed Forces, Academics, NGOs, Legal Editor, Legal Journalist, Legal Advisor for MNCs, legal officers for Banks and Insurance Companies, Consultancies including big fours, Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO), Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO), Armed Forces (Judge Advocate General), an Income Tax Consultant, Crime Intelligence Analyst, Environmental Consultant etc. and the opportunities have only been increasing with the technological advancement.
Judicial Service Examination which is organized by every state exclusively for law graduates is one good career option. School of Law, Ansal University organized a Strategic session on Judicial Services Examination on 19 January 2018 to equip our students with the nuances of Competitive Exam. Mr Danish Hasnain was the key speaker for the event, he discussed at length the tactics one should opt for preparing for these exams.
Ushering in the festival of lights, SOL organized a grand cultural fiesta ‘Illuminate 2017’ on Thursday, 12th October. Students across AU immersed themselves in the joy of celebrations by enthusiastically participating in numerous activities including Rangoli Making Competition, Diya Making Competition, Henna/Tattoo Making Competition, Face Painting Competition and Funk with Junk. Vice Chancellor, Dr. Kamlesh Misra presided over the prize distribution ceremony and congratulated the winners. SOL students in ethnic wear represented the cultural diversity of our country adding to the vibrancy of the colourful event.
‘Illuminate 2017’ was followed by the inauguration of DARPAN- the social responsibility wing of the Cultural Committee of SOL. Conceptualized as a social outreach endeavour, DARPAN seeks to internalize the values of sharing, caring and giving among the students of SOL. Bringing a smile on the faces of the underprivileged, building bridges between the haves and the have-nots and imbibing compassion for the needy is the hallmark of DARPAN. The first initiative of DARPAN saw students and faculty of SOL visit 3 orphanages were Diwali gifts were distributed to the children and important social messages were communicated to the young kids. The smile on their faces was proof of DARPAN’s incredible success on debut.
School of Law organized its Investiture Ceremony in September 2017. The ceremony witnessed the creation of six activity oriented Core Committees in School of Law, namely Moot Court, Debating, Internship, Sports, Cultural and Legal Aid. Chief Guest, Dr. M.S. Verma, swore in each Committee headed by a Student Convener and Co-Convener and 10 members each. The students undertook to shoulder the Committee responsibilities with diligence and commitment under the supervision and guidance of their respective faculty coordinators.
Hon’ble Mr. Justice Dharnidhar Jha, former Judge, Allahabad High Court and Patna High Court, was invited for a special lecture on the importance on Constitution Day and contemporary challenges to the Indian Constitution to celebrate the Constitution Day.
Law Commission of India celebrated National Law Day in November 2017 where faculty and students from SOL attended the celebrations where the broad theme was the interface between three wings of the State i.e. Executive, Legislature, & Judiciary towards developing our nation, based on the theme of inclusiveness, development and justice to all.
Mr. Gaurav Jain, lawyer, an alumnus of University of Oxford and Mr. Rohitashva Kamal and an alumnus of Brandeis University, Bostan and Core committee members of a civil society organization called Volunteer for Justice addressed SOL students on the topic "A talk on volunteering for Justice". They are in the process of establishing legal aid clinics in NCR region and have agreed to train our students for legal aid clinic activities.
SOL as a part of its awareness programme organized a Poster making Competition to create awareness and sensitivity on a critical and sensitive issue of female foeticide. Students from different schools of Ansal University actively participated and enjoyed the occasion to artistically express themselves.
Sharon, B.Sc. in Cardiovascular Technology, Arsi and Melaniek pursuing B. Design bagged second and third position respectively. Vanshika Bhati, B.A.L.L.B (H) was the first runner up and Nannya from B. Arch was the second runner up.