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The World Human Rights Day was celebrated by the Students’ Activities Association of Institute of Law, Nirma University (NILSAA) in association with the Gujarat State Human Rights Commission, with the able guidance of Ms. Rejitha Nair and Mr. Pranav Saraswat, Faculty, Institute of Law, Nirma University. The function was presided over by Hon’ble Dr. Justice J.N. Bhatt, Former Chief Justice High Court of Patna and Former Acting Chief Justice, High Court of Gujarat. Dr. Manjunath Ghate, Director, Institute of Pharmacy, Nirma University and Mr. Hasmukh Patel, Chief Coordinator, Students' Welfare Activities were pleased to accompany other dignitaries in the celebration. The venue of the event was Institute of Pharmacy, Nirma University with the audience comprising students of Institute of Pharmacy, faculties from Institute of Pharmacy and Institute of Diploma Studies and Faculty Members from Institute of Law, Nirma University. The event included a skit presentation of the right of prisoners and convict and the methods of Torture being inflicted upon them by the State. The skit presentation was organized and acted upon the students of IX and V Semester, Institute of Law, under the able guidance of Aditya Kavia, Ishaan Purohit, Manu Tripurari, Sanjivani Singh and Varnali Purohit, students of Semester-IX. The event also included a brief introduction about the purpose and relevance of celebrating and studying Human Rights by Assistant Professor Ms. Rejitha Nair, Faculty, Institute of Law and Course Coordinator of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law. The event was succeeded by two documentary presentations. One from the United Nations on Story of Human Rights and another on Right to Food, prepared by a group of students from IX Semester, Institute of Law. Prof (Dr.) Purvi Pokhariyal, Director, Institute of Law, Nirma University also gave a brief introduction on the event and highlighted the purpose of studying Human Rights and the importance of celebrating it in other Institutes of Nirma University. She also encouraged the participation of other stakeholders in upbringing the challenges of Human Rights and motivated other students to initiate the process of upholding Human Rights. Hon’ble Dr. Justice J.N. Bhatt discussed about the fundamentals of Human Rights and shared his personal experience of being a judge and the chairman of the Gujarat State Human Rights Commission and the challenges faced by them. He also guided the students on approaching the SHRC in any encounter of violation of Human Rights, seen by the students. He presented a Universal Declaration of Human Rights Memento and portray of Mahatma Gandhi with a quote in Gujarati which he explained to the students. Dr. Pranav Saraswat, Faculty, Institute of Law, Nirma University concluded the function by reciting poetry on Human Rights and a couplet from Rajasthan Patrika (vernacular newspaper daily) on the basic fundamental of the concept of right. Kaustubh Prakash, Vice-President of the Students’ Activities Association of Institute of Law, Nirma University (NILSAA) was the Chairperson and Master of Ceremony of the World Human Rights Day Celebration, who concluded the function by proposing a vote of thanks with the message that human rights culture should infuse our national consciousness efforts should be made on translating our laws and constitutional provisions into a reality for the common man.

  • December 18, 2014

It is a matter of pride and delight that Institute of Law, Nirma University represented by Arpit Singhvi, Ronith Joy and Vaibhav Kumar  have won the BAR COUNCIL OF INDIA TRUST, 30th All India Inter University Moot Court Competition, 2014 hosted by LLyod Law College, Greater Noida. The team was declared "CHAMPIONS" after dominating NALSAR, Hyderabad in the final round. The team excelled with brilliance and sheer dominance in the whole competition with a clean sweep of all awards in their name. This is the first time that a law school from the State of Gujarat has won the prestigious moot court competition.

The team showcased their finest performance with absolute dedication and hard work owing to the fact that the said moot court competition has four problems to deduce and the time of preparation is only one month.  The team showcased unconditional passion towards the moot court which is one of the biggest moot court competition and it is a dream come true for the Institute.

The team bagged all the awards that were showcased at the competition. Mr. Arpit Singhvi, bagged the Best Speaker Award in the final round as well as the Best Speaker Award for the Overall Competition. Mr. Ronith Joy, who complimented with equal grace, won the Best Speaker Award for the Preliminary Rounds completing the clean sweep at the competition. Both the participants were acknowledged with a scholarship of Rs. 12, 000 each narrating their success stories. The Team was well supported by the hard work of Mr. Vaibhav Kumar who held the important role of the researcher to the team.

  • November 13, 2014

It is a matter of pride and delight that Institute of Law, Nirma University represented by Shahrukh Khan, Prapti Patel and Soumya Vaishy won the  2nd Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies International Moot Court Competition, 2014. The team was declared "CHAMPIONS" after prevailing over Chankaya National Law University, Patna in the final round. The team excelled with  sheer brilliance in the final round.

The team's efforts are exemplary as they made their way to Final Rounds surpassing 34 teams from all over the country including major National Law Universities and defeated teams like GNLU, HNLU, Jindal Global Law School. The team also bagged cash prize of Rs. 25,000.  This win has brought laurels to the Institute which is rapidly emerging as India's top law school

  • November 13, 2014

Institute of Law, Nirma University, jointly with National Council for Climatic Change, Sustainable Development and Public Leadership (NCCSD) organized an International Conference on “Strengthening Climatic Justice Initiatives: Livelihood Challenges at Local Level with a focus on Farmers” on November 8th and 9th, 2014.

The Conference was inaugurated in the esteemed presence of the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India, Mr. Justice H. L. Dattu and the Governor of the State of Gujarat, His Excellency Shri. O P Kohli. The inaugural function was attended by various present and retired judges of Supreme Court and High Court of Gujarat along with other eminent dignitaries such as Mr. Justice V M Sahai, Hon’ble Acting Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court, and Justice B P Singh, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India & President of NCCSD, Senior Counsel Adv. Dushyant Dave, Justice C.K. Thakkar & Justice Panchal, retired judges, Supreme Court of India, to name a few.

The Conference was organized to initiate a dialogue on the theme and to critically analyze the contribution of government policies, legal framework, technology and other initiatives by academicians, students, lawmakers, farmers and other stakeholders with a view to bring Climate Justice against the challenges faced by farmers at local level.

The Hon’ble Chief Justice of India, Mr. Justice H.L Dattu, coming from agriculturist background, stated that agriculture is an integral part of who we are as a society and as a nation. He emphasized that we should be convinced by scientific reasons than believe on empty rhetoric and called for accepting an approach which is capable enough to reduce the climatic pressure and also to safeguard and sustain the interests of small and marginalized farmers. Hon’ble Justice asked the government to ensure that land that is being acquired for the purpose of development must only be done after a farmer is fairly compensated for the land which he owns. This Conference was attended by more than 150 farmers from Gujarat and the surrounding States, along with sixty scientists and researchers from fifteen various organisations and agricultural universities. Total Fifteen law universities, ten national-level universities, ten International organisations, Seventy students and faculty of law universities of India participated and total participation was nearly three hundred.  

The Hon’ble Acting Chief Justice of High Court of Gujarat, Mr. Justice V.M. Sahai  mentioned that there is a need to bring back old wisdom of the Vedas and learn from them while taking statutory actions to preserve environment. He stated that if proper mechanism for assessing carbon credit is put in place agriculture activity in India will emit zero pollutants and strengthen industries by reducing their pollution as there will be an increase in green cover.

His Excellency the Governor of Gujarat, Shri Om Prakash Kohli while addressing the gathering said that if we look at the modern world we can see that during the last few decades the world has made tremendous progress but this development has caused serious environmental damages impairing the quality of life not only of our generations but of future generations also. We should meet our own needs without compromising with future generations. He also invited Chief Justice of India to come to Gujarat and experience its hospitality as Gujarat is the soul of India. A book on “Climate Smart Agriculture-The Indian Perspective” was also launched at the function which consisted experiences of several farmers and scientists.

The conference had 3 technical sessions, 3 plenary sessions and a farmers’ interaction along with round table meet where theme paper of the Conference was deliberated on. The Conference also had a women’s meet where issues and challenges regarding women farmers were discussed. The session saw various academicians, technical experts, legal luminaries, foreign delegates and farmers participating and deliberating on issues such as climate conditions, soil testing, government initiatives and other Justice and policy related aspects of Climate Justice. It was a unique conference as the direct stakeholders of the conference “farmers” were also the participants of this Conference.

The Valedictory function was graced with the presence of various delegates from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. The Presidential Address was given by Hon’ble Mr. Justice B.P. Singh, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India & President of NCCSD.

The important points and recommendations were presented as a report on front of the various participants. The important points relating to Law, Agriculture and Climate Change were deliberated during the 2 days of the conference.  9 important dimensions and 21 recommendations were a result of the deliberations of the conference which will be presented before the Conference in Peru, in near future. The recommendations were given by the various delegate speakers and guest of honour, such as Hon’ble Chief Justice of India, Mr. Justice H.L. Dattu, Acting Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court Mr. Justice V.M Sahai, Dr. Gopi Chandran, Director-Gyan Prasar, Noida, Mr. Robert Jordan, Organic Farming Consultant from Britain, Dr. Ashvini Chauhan, Florida A & M University, Ms. Abena Ojetayo, Chief Sustainability Officer and Executive Director-Sustainability Institute, Florida A & M University, Daniel Gimshi, Associate Professor, College Of Management, College of Management, Rishon Le Zion, Israel among other eminent scientists, farmers and academicians.

On this occasion, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the delegates of Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University and NCCSD for the mutual exchange of information, technical assistance and public policy drafting.

The organizers of this Conference were Institute of Law, Nirma University and National Council for Climatic Change, Sustainable Development and Public Leadership (NCCSD). The Co-Chairs were Dr. Purvi Pokhariyal, Director and Dean, Institute of Law, Nirma University and Dr. Kirit Shelat, Executive Chairman, NCCSD. Prof. Ravi Saxena was the Conference Secretary.

  • November 11, 2014