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Institute of Law, Nirma University was established with a vision to promote innovation, dynamism and enriching the skills of students with different development courses. It does not only focus on the academic development of the student, but also on personality of the students so that they prove themselves as good citizens of the country. Thus, it helps in progress and growth of the country. Vibes is something which a person transmits and gives out which is felt by others. The aim of Institute of Law is to strike a balance between the curricular and co- curricular activities. To achieve this aim, Institute of Law, Nirma University organized VIBES 2015, a four day mesmerizing National Cultural and Sport Festival.

We believe in Moments, Magic and Memories.

Vibes 2015 was the second session of the National Cultural and Sports Festival conducted annually. It aimed at nurturing the skills of the students around the country by conducting various events in the genre of art, culture, literature, sports and plethora of other cultural and sport events. The objective of this event was to encourage the students to show off the plethora of uncovered talents in them. VIBES '15 was the Cultural and Sports festival which we conduct annually. It was an event where participants from various colleges across the country compete against each other in the field of Art, Music, Dance, Literary, Theater, Life Style, Sports and plethora of other Cultural Vibes has established its identity which is different and distinct. It was a four day event which was held from 1st October, 2015 to 4th October, 2015. 

In these four days various events were organized and there was huge participation from colleges across India and even the students of ILNU participated with great zeal and enthusiasm. This fest included various heads of events like- Cultural Events, Sports Events, Legal and Literary Events and Miscellaneous Events. Flagship Events were Barn Dance, War of Bands, War of DJ's, Fashion Fiesta, Model Indian Parliament. 

Cultural Events included dancing and singing. Sports Events included Football, Cricket, Basketball, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Chess and Gully Cricket. Literary Events included Extempore Moot, Legal Quiz, General Quiz and Spin a Tale. Miscellaneous Events consisted of diversified events like- Scavenger Hunt, Antakshri, Face Painting, Dumb Charades, Bollyquiz and Pictionary. Even Tambola Housie was organized on spot which attracted high number of partipants. 

BARN DANCE- This event was planned as a surprise for all the students as well as participants so as to have some light music and refreshing time on 2nd evening. 

Participation was from colleges like- GNLU, Jodhpur NLU, NLU Tamil Nadu, MATS Raipur, NLU Delhi, Amity Noida, Amity Jaipur, Indraprastha University, UPES Dehradun, Auro University, MS University Baroda, JECRC Jaipur, JIET Jodhpur, ITM University, Sangam University, Gujarat University, Institute of Pharmacy, NU, Institute of Management, NU, Institute of Technology, NU. 

  • October 05, 2015

Former MHRD IPR Chair Professor at WBNUJS, Kolkata and Founder, SpicyIP  Prof. (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer inaugurated the IP Clinic under the aegis of Centre for IPR under Institute of Law, Nirma University on September 26, 2015.

The inauguration function of IP Clinic was also graced by Mr. Jatin Trivedi Partner, Y.J. Trivedi & Co., Ahmedabad, Ms. Nilam Gadani, Patent Attorney, M/s. H.K. Acharya & Company, Prof. (Dr.) Purvi Pokhariyal, Director and Dean, ILNU. Shri K.K.Patel, COO, Nirma University and Ms. Silky Mukherjee, Assistant Professor and Head, Centre for IPR, Institute of Law Prof. Pokhariyal welcomed all the dignitaries and discussed about the aim and objective of the IP Clinic as to how it can bridge the gap. Ms. Mukherjee elaborated the modas operandi of the IP Clinic and the area of functioning.

In his address note, Prof Basheer posed questions as to what kind of lawyers we want to produce in the country while imparting legal education. He out rightly mentioned that our education system, where hardly creativity and innovation is respected, needs to be changed otherwise having perfect IP system will not work in such scenario. He elaborately mentioned that law schools should impart legal education and produce lateral lawyers rather than literal lawyers. He also discussed on the requirements and attributes needed by a present day lawyer which is to be incorporated into the teachings/pedagogy of the law schools. The word ‘CHAMPS’, Creative, Holistic, Altruism, Methods challenging established conventions and Problem solving is something every law student must learn by looking outside the classroom and to other disciplines.

Mr. Jatin Trivedi dealt in the practical aspects and the role of IP Clinic that is to be established. Ms. Nilam Gadani emphasized on the importance of protecting intellectual property rights. A Letter of intent was signed between H.K. Acharya and the Center for IPR to have a variety of collaborative programmes and activities related to Intellectual Property Rights. On this occasion, Prof. Dr. Basheer also released the IP newsletter “Avahan” of the Center for IPR, ILNU.

The IP clinic will be providing IP Counselling and Advisory Services. Counselling Sessions to various stakeholders including academia, industry, NGO and enterprises will be organized upon their queries to enable them to understand the Implications of IPR Regime for day to day business and ways for protecting their invention under existing IP Laws.

  • October 03, 2015

The Centre for Corporate Law Studies, ILNU, successfully conducted a two day workshop on "Incorporation & Winding Up of A Company". The same was held on 2nd and 3rd September 2015 at Institute of Law Nirma University. The workshop was attended by the students studying in 5th and 7th semester. On day one of the workshop, guest speaker Tejpal Sheth, a practicing Company Secretary and associated member of ICSI, discussed about the process of incorporation of company from a practical point of view.

He discussed not only the steps for incorporation of a company but also talked about the Companies Act in general. There was an active participation by the students as Mr. Tejpal went on to discuss how India could not be called a perfect corporate culture by citing examples of different countries, like Chile which in 2013 started a one day business incorporation online portal for company incorporation. It was an enjoyable two hour session which ended with the students learning about the practical aspects of incorporation.

On day two of the workshop, the process of winding up of a company was discussed by Advocate Mitul Desai, a well-known name in the corporate law field and the founding partner of Mitul Desai & Associates. He started by differentiating between dissolution and winding up, followed by the reasons behind winding up and the modes of doing so. To give the students a better insight into the whole legal tussle involved in winding up of a company he discussed about two cases (Seforge Ltd V. Archon Engicon Pvt. Ltd and Crystal Alloys Manufacturing Company V. Dolphin Metals Ltd) that was dealt by him personally.
The Centre had conducted this two day workshop with an aim to provide students with a platform to discuss and understand the issues related with incorporation & winding up, also the students attending the workshop were given a participation certificate for the same.

The credit for the successful conclusion of this workshop goes to the members of the Centre For Corporate Law Studies and the Prof. Mr. Amit K Kashyap, , who hope to conduct more such workshops in the future for further enrichment of students under able guidance of Prof. (Dr.) Purvi Pokhariyal, Director & Dean, ILNU.

For more information, please contact Amit K Kashyap, Head, Centre for Corporate law Studies, ILNU, Ahmedabad (

  • September 04, 2015

Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad organized its annual inter-college literary and debating festival 'Connaissance' from 21st to 23rd August, 2015.

The fest, in it's sixth edition has made a name for itself with flagship events like the National Parliamentary Debate, the National Youth Parliament and the Connaissance Quiz Competitions. The parliamentary debate event was a huge success with more than 300 participants from institutions like Hindu College (Delhi University), IIM Ahmedabad, NLU Jodhpur, BHU among many others.

The flagship event of the fest, Parliamentary Debate, is a competition where two teams of 3 students each debate over pressing issues. The debate is adjudicated by students judges themselves.

Another unique event, the Youth Parliament was organized wherein the proceeding of the Indian Parliament are simulated and the participants represent various MPs and enter into meaningful deliberations and discussions. Students from leading schools of Ahmedabad also participated in Youth Parliament to hone their skills and knowledge. Prof. [Dr.] Purvi Pokhariyal Director and Dean of Institute of Law, Nirma University stressed that debating is one of the most important aspect of good governance and education.

Connaissance stands to achieve its lofty objective of developing and nurturing a taste of literature and art in the student fraternity and reviving a true culture of debating among the youth of the nation. The fest acts as a rostrum for the students to showcase their talent.

  • August 24, 2015

The Institute of Law, Nirma University organized its first Parents – Teachers Meet 2015 (PTM) on August 22, 2015 at the Institute.  Parents/guardians of the students welcomed the Institutes initiative of confirmation through online and confirmed their participation for the meeting.

A detailed agenda and programme schedule for the meeting was prepared for the meeting. All the parents/guardians who came for the meeting on August 22, 2015 were registered and kits containing the Prospectus, News Letter, Academic Calendar, Event Calendar, Programme schedule etc. were distributed to them.  A Video film of the Institute was shown to the parents before the sessions started.

The PTM was conducted from 10:30 AM to 12:30PM in the Smart Classroom. Prof. (Dr.) Purvi Pokhariyal, Director, Institute of Law, Dr. Tarkesh Molia, Academic Coordinator  and all the Faculty Conveners of the respective semesters were on the dais.  The Director welcomed all the parents/guardians to the meeting and briefed them about the curriculum design, curricular & extra-curricular activities of the Institute. Dr. Tarkesh Molia, Academic Coordinator briefed about the academic activities at the Institute. The Director and the Academic Coordinator, along with the Faculty Conveners of the respective semesters had an interactions with the parents/guardians.

After the PTM the parents/guardians had a detailed interactions with the Faculty Conveners of the respective semesters.  The interactions were arranged semesterwise in separate classrooms along with the respective semester faculty members.  The parents/guardians interacted with the faculty members about the academic and extra-curricular development of their ward.  The PTM concluded at 1PM with light refreshment.

Being for the first time the Institute organized this meet, it is such a great achievement that parents from across the country responded well to our initiative and participated to make this meet a grand success.

  • August 23, 2015

It was a happy moment for Institute of Law, NirmaUniversity as it celebrated its 8th Year of establishment on 18th August 2015 at the Nirma University, Ahmedabad. Shri SomasekharSundaresan Partner, J. Sagar Associates, Advocates & Solicitors was the Chief Guest of the function and Dr. Anup Singh, Director General of Nirma University, Shri D. P. Chhaya, Director (A&GA) and Shri Ashishbhai Desai, Head, Students Activity, Nirma University also graced the occasion.Director and Dean Dr. PurviPokhariyal while delivering the welcome address became nostalgic and shared the journey as to how this institute has from its inception with 4 faculty members, 80 students and 1 staff has reached to the 8th year with 1000 students, 40 faculties and 10 non-teaching staff with various scholastic and co-curricular achievement under its belt. She also shared the reflection of ILNU’s commitment to achieve excellence by inculcating human values and professional ethics amongst its stake holders.

The Chief Guest in its keynote addressshared his insights about law, justice, equity and good conscience and how its meaning has evolved over a period of time. He also mentioned that with passage of time, society changes and we need to adapt to those changes. He also said Law is not sui generis, but is the combination of rules we chose to govern ourselves. He advised the students to think out of the box and question the ordinary beliefs. He also mentioned that we need to study the impact of law on the society and then only we can be good lawyers. He quoted Mahatma Gandhi “Be the change you wish to see”. He put forth lot of reforms in Indian society and urged the students to bring change about them. He whole heartedly praised the institute’s library and also the legal aid committee and its works as he believed that legal aid work gives real practical exposure to the students.He further added the legal educational institutes should have Laboratory for research in RTI because a range of PILs are brought out from simple questions asked through simple RTIs.

The Director General in his address said that Institute of Law should be the institute of Justice because it believes in delivering justice education and he referred Plato, Aristotle and shared the story of Alexander and King Pourus relating to the importance of delivering justice. He also shared his wisdom that because of three types of thinking i.e; Rule based thinking, Conventional and non-conventionalthere are conflicts in society. He emphasized on the need to think on non-conventional thinking includes justice for good society. He advised the students “If you want Justice for yourself, you should do Justice to others”.

The scholastic performances and other achievers were felicitated by Medal Distribution Ceremony. At the occasion few faculty members were also felicitated for their research excellence. The Function concluded with the enactment of “The Great Trial of M K Gandhi” the students of ILNU.

The foundation day was celebrated with spectrum of various events and activities like Dance, Drama, Singing, Rangoli, Blood Donation, Mobile Gaming, Photo Booth etc.  Tree plantations were done by the Chief Guest, Faculty and students at the Institute.

  • August 18, 2015

Dear Sir/Madam,

The Institute has planned and parents-teachers meet on 22nd August 2015 (Saturday) at 11AM at the Institute of Law, Nirma University campus.  We cordially invite you to participate in this event.  Please click here to register online to confirm your participation."

  • August 07, 2015

“The decision on the ongoing case of the judicial appointments will become 3rd or 4th  landmark case for judiciary” says Mr. Mukul Rohatgi, Attorney General for India at Institute of Law, Nirma University’s 8th Public Lecture on Judicial Appointment Commission : A need for Reform? The lecture was organised under the Institute’s Annual Public Lecture Series which gives a distinct mark in the legal education of the country. Dr. Karsanbhai K. Patel, President, Nirma University and          Dr. Anup Singh, Director General, Nirma University presided over the function.

Dr. Purvi Pokhariyal, Director and Dean, Institute of Law, Nirma University welcomed the gathering and discussed how this widely debated topic will have huge impact on the adjudication system in India.  

Mr. Mukul Rohatgi stated that the present topic is a live issue and explained the historical significance laid down by various landmark judgments famously known as “Judges Transfer Cases”. In 1st Judges Case, ordinary interpretation of Article 124 was made so as to the term “Consultation” would imply mere consultation only. But in the 2nd Judges Transfer Case, the then 9 judge bench stated that the term consultation indeed meant concurrence thereby creating the Collegium system. The collegium system recommends the names for the appointment of judges to the Executive. He criticised these cases on the fact that they overlooked the views of the framers of Constitution on the interpretation of the term “consultation” in Article 124, which talks about appointment of judges. In reference to this, he also quoted passages from the Constituent Assembly Debates to showcase what the framers meant by the word “Consultation”. This collegium system was also criticised by various Supreme Court judges including one of the judges quoting “The best kept secrets of India is the way the Collegium functions” thereby indicating to the lack of transparency and lack of a publicly declared procedure or criteria for the same.

He quoted passages from the Constituent Assembly Debates and explained the need as to independent committee to appoint judges. He also addressed the gathering that the 99th Constitutional Amendment and National Judicial Accountability Commission Act - whch empowers the committee to appoint judges based on ability and integrity, thereby bringing forth quality and transperancy in the judicial system. He gave examples of  judicial systems of various other nations like South Africa, USA, UK, Australia and many more to reiterate his arguments.

The main challenge as stated by Mr. Mukul Rohatgi  was substituting the predominance of the Chief Justice who had the final say, to a body which has two other eminent non legal person who have the final say as per the NJAC. The new system will allow the voice of the civil society to be heard and bring the quality of judicial system under the public gaze. He also mentioned that the result of the ongoing case will be the third or fourth important landmark case for judiciary as it will decide how the judges will be selected in our country. Thereby he ended his lecture by stating the need for reforms will be established if the present judgment will be passed in the favour of National Judicial Appointment Commission.
Mr. Mukul Rohatgi also praised the Institute of Law’s model  of conducting continous interaction with eminent lawyers and judges for students and also recommended that this model should be followed elsewhere to empower young law students.

The Lecture ended with the release of the Nirma University Law Journal by the dignitaries.  This Annual Public Lecture Series has witnessed the eminent speakers like Mr. Soli Sorabjee, Mr. Gopal Subramanium, Prof. Upendra Baxi, Mr. Anil Diwan etc.  

The lecture ended with vote of thanks given by Dr. Tarkesh Molia, Associate Professor, IL-NU.             


  • July 27, 2015

The Institute of Law, Nirma University (IL-NU) has commenced its week long orientation program for its new batch of students under the B.A.LL.B.(Hons.) and B.Com LL.B. (Hons.) Programme. The new batch consists of 180 students from across the country.

The inaugural program was graced by Ms. Pallavi Shroff, Chairman & Managing Director, Shradul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co., New Delhi and Mr. Gagan Sethi, Chairperson, Centre of Social Justice, Ahmedabad. Shri K.K Patel, Chief Operating Officer, Nirma University presided over the function. Shri D.P Chayya, Director (Academic & General Administration), Nirma University interacted with the students guiding the students what the Institute and the University as a whole expecting from the students.

Ms. Pallavi Shroff welcomed the students to the legal world by inspiring them to take up challenges by either learning to swim or sink to the depths. She shared her experiences as to how she started into this profession of law without any induction and yet learning from stalwarts like Shri Seervai etc. But she applauded the Institute’s efforts for this one week induction programme to make new aspirants comfortable about the new journey they are about to start. Her address focused on the various issues related to legal fraternity and told that span of five years is a good time to nurture the professional skills. She also focused on the inculcating human values while grooming professional skills.

Mr. Gagan Sethi, being one of the few paralegals of the country told the aspirants to experience both sides of the use of law, i.e. the money making arena as well as the social issues side. He emphasised the fact that students should also sensitize themselves about various social issues like manual scavengers, proper access to diasbled people amongst other important issues.

The Inauguration was welcomed by (Prof.) Dr. Purvi Pokhariyal and the vote of thanks was given by Mr. Arun Prasad.

  • July 13, 2015

The Week-Hansa Research Survey 2015 ranked Institute of Law, Nirma University(ILNU), the 7th Best Law College among Private Law Colleges in the Country. It is indeed a great pleasure that within a span of seven years, the Institute could achieve this Rank.

  • June 19, 2015

A ten days Faculty refresher programme was organised by the Institute of law under the auspices of Academic Development and Research Cell, Nirma University from 8th June 2015 to 19 June 2015.

The programme was inaugurated by Professor N R Madhava Menon who gave a motivating speech to the participants focusing on the larger role of a Professor in Nation Building and by sharing anecdotes from his journey as a Professor. The function was presided over by Prof Anup K Singh, Director General and Shri KK Patel, COO of Nirma University. Prof Anup Singh Highlighted the importance of such refresher courses and the initiatives taken by Nirma University during his presidential address.
The sessions on day one and two saw brain storming sessions by the experts on teaching philosophy and the best practices of teaching the current generation of students. The sessions had Prof N.R Madhava Menon and Mr. Murali Neelakanthan reviewing and rendering their suggestions on faculty presentations on the pedagogy currently employed by them in teaching a particular course. Mr Muralai Neelakanthan also shared his idea of Good, better and best practices for teaching of law based on his experience as a student at NLSIU and later as a Celebrated lawyer. Taking forward the discussion on teaching philosophy we had Prof. Balabhaskaran discussing extensively on Student Behaviour and Andragogy and made the participants work in group to brainstorm on the design that they would employ for the study of a particular area of law. The specific discussion on the contemporary challenges of the legal education was taken by Prof. V Vijay kumar. Prof Vijayakumar shared his experience at
NLSIU, Bangalore specially focusing on the challenges faced in every educational institution and as to how a well endowed and balanced approach should be adopted to ensure betterlearning.

Day three was presided over by Dr. Usha Ramanathan an avid researcher who made an elaborate presentation on integrating theory and doctrines with practice. She shared her experience of working in the field and the convergence and diversions in theoretical and practical realities of law areas of law and other fields of study. Prof V.B Coutinho the former Vice Chancellor and Director of Legal Studies, B.C.I gave his valuable insights on the Natural School of law and the Natural Law Theory.

Post lunch Prof. Ajappa from NLU, Odisha shared his thoughts on the teaching methodology to be adopted in a subject like legal theory. Day four the sessions were solely undertaken by Ms. Nupur, Managing Trustee, Centre for Social Justice, Ahmedabad. She constructed the identity of a teacher and in the second session she reflected and extrapolated the identity of a teacher. She also discussed the group reading assignments that were to be undertaken in the forthcoming days.

Day five, the sessions were conducted by Mr. Harita Sharma. He mainly focused on the concept of experiential learning which was followed by a Group discussion on the role of experiential learning in Pedagogy. He also emphasized on the importance of role play understanding.

Day six witnessed Ms. Nupur again who emphasized on balancing the left and right part of the brain using images as a tool and also used case studies and simulation exercises to steer learning.

Day seven witnessed Amita Dhanda who gave her valuable insights on designing a course and using class rooms as a learning ground for transformation. She spoke of finding creative solutions to procedural blocks in implanting the Nirma signature pedagogy. Her sessions were indeed very thought provoking and insightful.

The discussions on handling clinical courses and using “self “in the classroom were steed by Mr. Anirban Chakraborty, Faculty at NUJS Kolkata and Mr. Sumit Bodh, former faculty NLSIU, interacted with the faculty members through Skype. The discussions focused on sharing experiences of running clinical legal education programme and the importance of going beyond monotonous lectures by juggling between experiential and class room teaching respectively. And the post lunch we had Ms. Nupur suggesting the way forward in the light of the discussions so far in the refresher programme.

Day nine witnessed the presence of Prof. Marian Phinerio, Principal Director, Vivekananda Institute of Professional studies, Delhi. He spoke about student learning patters, preparing the instruction material and its assessment scheme.

The next session was presided over by Prof. Mohan Gopal, Director Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, New Delhi who interacted with the faculty members through Skype. He discussed some very fundamental questions on why we need to reinvent the legal education system & why change is eminent to keep pace with the social revolution taking place in the country. He initiated deliberations on what is the purpose of legal education in India? Prof. Dawood Ghanchi Former Vice Chancellor, North Gujarat University gave an excellent talk on the Assessment for Outcomes.

Day eleven was presided over by the likes of Mr C.R. Bijoy who is an independent researcher having immense experience of working with the tribal groups and advocating for the rights of marginalised sections. He shared his experience in field and explored the question of why law school should undertake action research? and how should it be executed? Prof.Rajaram, Dean Centre for social sciences, Central University of Gujarat highlighted the importance of integration of Social Science in the Legal Education and demonstrated this by engaging participants through activity.

The final day of the programme was presided over by Dr. D.M. Pestonji Retd. Prof. IIM, Ahmedabad, how to engage students for learning law in a stress free environment and how to combat stress. The later half of the day was spent in summative evaluation.

  • June 09, 2015

CMAI Association of India in support of Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India, has conferred award in "Excellence in Industry Interface in Legal Education" to the Director, Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad on 20th June, 2015 at BSNL Auditorium, Janpath, New Delhi in the function of National Legal Summit & Awards, 2015 organized by CMAI Association of India supported by Ministry of Law and Justice, Department of Legal Affairs, Legislative Department, Government of India, AICTE, AIU (Association of Indian Universities), Indian Law Institute, NIXI, NIELIT etc. and various industry associations.

One such Award "Excellence in Industry Interface in Legal Education" is for a law school whose industry interface has been creditable, innovative and beneficial to students. Hon’ble Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India has conferred this award to Institute of Law, NIrma University.

The Institute of Law, Nirma University was established in 2007, in the small span of less than eight years, Nirma Institute of Law has been consistently enhancing the quality of academic standard and also has been recognized by Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) and conferred the Institutional Excellence Award in 2012.

Institute of Law has been emphasizing more on Continuing Clinical Legal Education having innovative pedagogy and all-round development of the students gives maximum exposure to the practical field through intensive internship. Mooting activity has also been a very prime activity of the Institute.

Prof. (Dr.) Purvi Pokhariyal, Director, Institute of Law gave the entire credit to the dedicated team of young faculty members and staff and active support from management as a team work.

  • May 20, 2015

Institute of Law, Nirma University organized three days Mediation Training Workshop for the students of VIIIth Semester students as a part of ADR Clinical Paper during 16, 17, and 18 April, 2015. Master Trainer for the workshop Mr. Firdoshali Kassam (Karachiwala) an internationally renowned mediator, Master Trainer of Supreme Court Committee on Mediation & Chairman, Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mumbai conducted this Workshop in collaboration with Institute of Law. The emphasis of the Workshop was on the practical exercises by way of role play, simulation exercises wherein students took up practical problem and acted as Mediator, Counsels and clients to resolve disputes related to various areas. This event was by Mr. Rohit Moonka, Course Co-ordinator, ADR.

  • April 23, 2015

The Institute organized an Open Seminar on Career Prospects in Legal Education on April 14, 2015.  Mr. Rajneesh Singh, the CLAT Guru and Career Guidance Counselor from Kolkata was the Keynote speaker of this One Day Seminar.  The Seminar was conducted in the Seminar Hall, Institute of Law. The Director, Prof. (Dr.) Purvi Pokhariyal was also present in the Seminar. About 150 students registered for the Seminar and total 225 students and parentsattended. The students and parents took full advantage of the seminar which was focused on the legal education after 10+2 and career options after the five-year integrated programme. Mr. Rajneesh Singh interacted with the students in details on their future career choices and guided them with the best available options in the country to choose for the legal education. Different CLAT coaching institutions in the city attended the seminar.

  • April 17, 2015

Institute of Law, Nirma University organized two days Arbitration Training Workshop in collaboration with Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (India) for the VIIIth Semester students as a part of ADR Clinical Paper during 26-27 March, 2015. The Workshop was inaugurated on 26th March, 2015 by Mr. Chandrakant Kamdar, Hon. Secretary, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (India). Prof.(Dr.) Purvi Pokhariyal, Dean & Director, Institute of Law presided over the Inaugural function. Prof. Pokhariyal emphasized the need of ADR and the role of arbitration in dispute resolution in the present days. She encouraged the students to consider taking up career as expert arbitrator and mediator in which this workshop would be of great help to them.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Chandrakant Kamdar discussed various issues related to domestic & international commercial arbitration which are currently being faced. He highlighted the importance of Arbitration in the present situation and applauded the unique program taken by Institute of Law to impart Arbitration Training to its students as a part of course curriculum. He further said that if the backlog of cases to be reduced, people have to opt for various ADR methods and Arbitration is one of the prominent option for them. He also discussed about the role of CIArb as a centre of excellence for the global promotion, facilitation and development of all forms of dispute resolution. Mr. Kamdar was accompanied by a team of senior arbitrators from CIArb including Dr. Dilip Virani from Mumbai, Mr. Sameer Shah and Mr. Rashes H. Parikh from Ahmedabad who took active part during the two days workshop

The workshop focused on the practical aspects of arbitration through mock arbitral session and simulation exercises to make the students aware about the practical nitty-gritty applied and adopted in International/domestic arbitration procedure. Workshop encouraged the students to choose Arbitration as a career option which offers tremendous potential for a law graduate. The Workshop was coordinated by Mr. Rohit Moonka, Assistant Professor of Law & Course Coordinator, ADR.

  • March 27, 2015

As a part of its continuous endeavor to support the students not only academically but also financially for the needy students, the Institute distributed merit-cum-means based scholarship to the students on March 11, 2015 at a function organized in the Seminar Hall at the Institute.  University authorities namely Dr. Anup K. Singh, Director General, Shri D. P. Chhaya, Director (A&GA), Shri K. K. Patel, Chief Operating Officer & Vice President (I/c.) were present at the function and distributed the scholarship to the students.  15 students admitted in the year 2014 received the scholarship based on their performance in the qualifying examination (CLAT 2014) and also based on their financial background. Five students each selected were received 100%, 90% and 75% scholarship respectively according as per the merit based on the eligibility criteria.

  • March 24, 2015

The Institute organized an Exhibition on Painting, photography, nutrition and health on March 11, 2015. This exhibition is as part of enrichment courses offered by the Institute for its students and to provide a platform to exhibit their talent.  Food stalls of various items under nutrition and health were put up at the venue.  An exhibition on Yoga and meditation and Drama was presented in the seminar hall on the same day as part of enrichment courses. Director General, Dr. Anup K. Sing, Director (A&GA), Shri D. P. Chhaya, Chief Operating Officer, Shri K. K. Patel and Invited Heads of the Institutions witnessed and experienced the talent of the students.

  • March 16, 2015

The 5th ILNU All India National Moot Court Competition 2015 was successfully conducted by the Institute from 13th to 15th March 2015.  The Inaugural session was conducted on 13th March 2015. Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ravi R. Tripathi, Judge, High Court of Gujarat was the Chief Guest of the function. Shri K. K. Patel, Chief Operating Officer, Nirma University presided over the function.  

This time, 30 teams from across the country, participated in this flagship event of Institute.  The Final round was witnessed by Hon’ble Mr. Justice C.K.Thakkar, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India, Hon’ble Mr. Justice K.S.Jhaveri, Judge, High Court of Gujarat, Shri Mukesh Patel, Senior Tax Consultant, Shri Abhishek Anand, Eastern Region Head, Lakshmikumaran and Sridharan Law Firm and Dr. Purvi Pokhariyal, Director and Dean, ILNU.

The valedictory session was held in the Seminar Hall at 4PM on March 15, 2015.  Hon’ble Mr. Justice C.K.Thakkar, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India was the Chief Guest of the function. The team consisting of Abhishek Sarkar, Shivangi Gupta and Dhruv Tiwari, students of National Law University, Odissa won the champions trophy and cash prize. Dhruv Tiwari was declared as Best Advocate and team also bagged prize for Best Memorial.

The dignatories appreciated the research and mooting skills of the prospective law students and advised to enter into this legal profession which is considered as noble profession. Sunday was also special for the Institute as “Libertatem”, the first world wide e-Magazine was launched on this special occasion.

  • March 15, 2015

Center for International Humanitarian Law Studies, Institute of Law, Nirma University in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) organized its 4th National Students’ Conference on International Humanitarian Law on the 20th of February, 2015.

The conference was inaugurated by Prof. (Dr.) Vesselin Popovski, Vice Dean of Jindal Global Law School, Prof. (Dr.) S. ShanthaKumar, Dean, Faculty of Law, SGT University, Dr. Anuradha Saibaba, Legal Advisor, ICRC. The objective of the Conference is to allow the budding lawyers and legal professionals to not only engage in understanding the legal and practical intricacies of International Humanitarian Law but also to explore the potential ways forward. The conference saw the participation of 46 participants from 13 universities across 8 states.

The inaugural function was followed by four technical sessions on varied themes of IHL. The 1st Track was chaired by Dr. Anuradha Saibaba, Legal Advisor, ICRC along with faculty member Mr. Nadim Khan. The session consisted of six paper presentations on the theme of International Humanitarian Law in South Asia and Privatization of Armed Conflict. The session tried to establish a dialogue on various concerns and unanswered questions in the area specifically relating to the impact on South Asian countries.

Track 2 was chaired by Prof. (Dr.) Dabiru Sridhar Patnaik and faculty member Ms. Bhumika Nanda wherein five paper were presented on the theme of the role of Non-state actors in taking forward the Humanitarian Dialogue. The presentations concentrated on the necessity to engage non-state actors in the effective compliance and implementation of humanitarian law and also to work for a possible framework to govern the same.

Track 3 was chaired by Prof. (Dr.) S. Shanthakumar and faculty member Mr. U. Varadharajan. The session was consisted of six papers. The presentations were made on the theme of contemporary challenges in IHL – New Dimensions. The presenters in the session discussed on various contemporary challenges faced in the enforcement of international humanitarian law.

Track 4 was chaired by Prof. (Dr.) Vesselin Popovski and faculty member Ms. Rejitha Nair on the theme of Enforcement of International Humanitarian Law and its challenges. This session was consisted of nine paper presentations. The presenters discussed and deliberated on the implications in the effective implementation of international humanitarian law and role of United Nations and ICRC in the enforcement of same.

At the end of the conference, four best papers were announced from each track. Md. Abu Saleh from received the Best paper award in the 1st Track. Madhav Bhel and Kathik Sundar were declared as the Best paper from 2nd Track. In 3rd Track Mr. Sharan Balakrishna and Rithika Vidyut Shenoy received the Best paper award and in 4th Track Priyanka Diwakar and Priya Das were declared as the winners.

  • February 23, 2015

Institute of Law, Nirma University organized the 4th National Seminar on “Law, Science and Technology: The Way Forward” on January 30th and 31st, 2015 with the financial assistance of SERB India, Gujarat Council of Science and Technology (GUJCOST), Department of Science and Technology, State of Gujarat.

The Inaugural function, initiated with the discussion on the questions of ethics and legality arising in the connection between law and science, began with the welcome address delivered by Dr (Prof.) Purvi Pokhariyal, Director and Dean, Institute of Law, Nirma University who elucidated that the seminar is an attempt to provide a common platform to share concerns and issues and to provide solutions with regard to the central theme. She emphasized that there is an interplay between law, science and technology and also planned to offer an elective seminar course in the area from the next session in pursuance of which the advisory board of the Seminar has made a course module on the various themes of the Seminar. The seminar’s highlighting point was connecting with Mr. Sam Pitroda from Chicago through video conferencing. Mr. Sam Pitroda, Entrepreneur, Policy Maker and Inventor, set the context of his talk by highlighting that we live in the 19th century with the 20th century process and 21st century technology and in this epoch there is a pressing need to create a global platform for patents with the sole reason that technology is changing faster than our laws. He focused on the problem of implementation of the law and the various institutions which work for the same purpose. Prof. Madhava Menon, Founding Vice-Chancellor, National Law School of India University, Bangalore stated that law and technology is of great importance for the future. The future of legal education and legal profession is dominated by technology. There is a huge potential in the field of law, science and technology to illustrate which he gave the example of the potential of cyber law, which is of great help to the common people. Dr. R. R. Hanchinal, Chairperson, Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers' Rights Authority, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India in his Chief Guest address highlighted the significance of integration of science & technology with law to cater to the need of future generations.

This two day seminar witnessed various experts who deliberated and discussed on various themes. In first technical session of Biotechnology and Law, Dr. R. R. Hanchinal, the key note speaker of this session highlighted the growth in agriculture industry due to huge investments in the agriculture sector by public private partnership. The other speakers in this technical session were Dr. S. Mauria, ADG, Intellectual Property and Technology Management Unit, ICAR, New Delhi who talked on new paradigm of the Agriculture in the 21st century and global developments around the issues of bio-diversity and bio property rights. He also deliberated on various IP related laws in this sector. Dr. Mauria further discussed about the recent draft of IP Policy by India and inclusion of efficient measures to protect Traditional Knowledge in a better way. The discussion further was led by Dr. M. Padmavati, Professor, Rajiv Gandhi School of IP Law, IIT Kharagpur, West Bengal listed out various challenges posed before patent regime with respect to synthetic biology and the disclosure norms in patent law. Dr. Sarat Dalai, Director, Institute of Science, Nirma University also highlighted the significance of stem cell research and its legal regulations.

The theme of Technical second technical session was Nanotechnology and Law, wherein Mr. Prabhuddha Ganguli, MHRD IPR Chair Professor, Tezpur University, Assam discussed about nanotechnology and how it is emerging in the recent times. He believes that there is need for harmonious flow of law with science and for that a lawyer should understand the difference with science and address its issues in right perspective. He suggested that India needs to alter laws in areas like environment, consumer protection, competition laws, patent laws, food security laws etc. He appealed legal fraternity to move forward in direction as to science. Dr. Jayesh Ruparelia, Professor, Institute of Technology, Nirma University also spoke in this regard in detail.

In third technical session, Mr. Sitesh Mukherjee, Partner, Trilegal, New Delhi was the keynote speaker and he drew connections between energy law, market regulations and technology during this session. He stated his concern regarding the distribution of energy and several restrictions in regard to supplier in the energy sector that pose a bigger threat to the growth of this sector and need to be addressed.

The fourth technical session was on Information Technology and Cyber Law and Mr. Prashant Mali, President, Cyber Law Consulting, Mumbai being key note speaker initiated the discussion on how cyber world and law is connected. He stressed on the concept of data theft in the digital world and how several sections under the IT Act like Section 66, section 43 B have been kept in law to deal with such kind of situations. He also mentioned the dilemma that is caused because of Section 66E of the IT Act that deals with violation of privacy of women.

The fifth Technical Session was on Health and Law. Speaking on this topic, Dr. Milind Antani, Partner Pharma, Lifesciences, Healthcare and Nanotechnology law, Nishith Desai Associates, Mumbai highlighted the trends in health and law sector and talked about legal and regulatory developments and the concerns surrounding it. He highlighted several points such as clinical trials, ethical practices of medical professionals and FDI in health care. Further Mr. Murali Neelkantan, Global General Counsel, Cipla Limited, Mumbai speaking on this theme started his discussion with the judgment of health care being fundamental right. He showed concern about the lack of long term policy and interaction between pharmacy, health and commerce requirement before framing a policy. He discussed about the uncertainty regarding clinical trials and stated that there is a lot of money at stake for the pharmaceutical companies and instead of blaming these pharmaceutical companies, there is a need to check as to how these trials are conducted. Dr. Manujnath Ghate, Director, Institute of Pharmacy, Nirma University talked about the need to bring the change when the curriculum related with pharmacy education.

The sixth technical session was on Air and Space Law wherein Prof. V.S.Mani, Director, Seedling School of Law and Governance, Jaipur National University, Jaipur talked on importance of air law and space law in relation to Public International Law. He deliberated on Concept and Attributes of Common Heritage of Mankind. The another speaker in this session was Dr. Sandeepa Bhat, Associate Professor of Law, The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata wherein he stressed on three major concerns of jurisdictional concern, determination of compensation and International Carriage v. Domestic Carriage.

The seventh session was on Forensic Science and Law where Dr. Jyotsna Yagnik, Former POTA Judge & Director, United World School of Law, Ahmedabad stressed importance of Forensic Science in criminal jurisprudence. She discussed her experiences where forensic science experts played a major role while delivering her judgments.

Last technical session was on Maritime and Shipping Law wherein Mr. Anand Kumar Pandey, ADG, Directorate General of Shipping, Ministry of Shipping, Government of India discussed the significance and role conventions governing maritime law. He stressed the need of regulating the ship voyeurs as the outer point of ship causes huge pollution to maritime ecology. Dr. Ram N. Sharma, Asst. Professor, Institute of Law, Nirma University also talked about the admirality law and their implications.

The Seminar was concluded by the concluding remarks of Prof. N.K. Indrayan, Professor of Law, Institute of Law, Nirma University. The Convenor of the National Seminar Mr. Rohit Moonka and Ms. Silky Mukherjee, Assistant Professor, Institute of Law, Nirma University also extended their vote of thanks to all for the effective conclusion of this Seminar.

  • January 31, 2015

Cultural and artistic activities prove a valuable lens to view the inner world of students and thereby enable their holistic development. At our college several opportunities to showcase talent are provided, as academics need to be complemented with skill-based activities for a successful performance.

This academic year Students’ Welfare Board brought first Cultural Event of the Academic Year- “Scintilla’15”. Scintilla’15 was aimed at bringing out the hidden talent in the students of the college and gives them a platform to show their talent. The event saw a huge participation from not only the side of teachers, but also from the side of the students.

DAY-1 (20th January 2015)

The cultural event was organized in “A” block in the University Campus on 20th January 2015. The event started at 3:30 p.m. The stage was set and the auditorium was so much full of the audiences that it was impossible for any other person to step in the auditorium. This activity ensured giving fun time to all the audiences. The Guest of the Honor was Meet Thakker (Alumni of Institute of Law). The faculty members of the Institute of Law, Nirma University also marked their presence in the event. The Director, Mrs. Purvi Pokhriyal and the Academic Coordinator Mr. Tarkesh Moliya also made the event successful by their presence.

The event started with “Ganesh Stuti” sung by a student of the college. Then the event went further with the other cultural events. The list of the events is as follow: Solo-dancing, Group dancing, Impromptu dancing, Solo-singing, Instrumental, Drama, Mono-acting and Mime. The most exciting feature of the event, which stood it out from other events, was the events being intermingled so that only one event is not monotonously going on. The performance from the participants ended with a beautiful piece of singing by a participant. The audience were also given chance to come up on the stage and to show their talent. Many of the students readily came up on the stage to show their talent.

The fine arts events were also going on simultaneously. The event was organized in the campus of Institute of Law, Nirma University. Beautiful artistic expressions of the participants were clearly shown in the art of the participants. This event made it clear that the students not only have the academic qualities but also artistic qualities.

DAY-2(21st January 2015)

On 21st January 2015, Kite Festival and DJ were organized in the Dome Ground starting from 04:00 p.m. A fun filled activity was conducted to promote the culture of Kite Flying in our College in which most of the students of our College participated. Kite flying is one of the most popular sports and festival in India. Gujarat being home of International Kite Festival, so organizing it was aimed at bringing familiarity among students about this Festival. The symbolism of this festival is to show the awakening of the Gods from their deep sleep and the portals of heaven are thrown open!

A huge participation from faculty members and students was shown in this event. Kites and other related items were provided to the students by the Institute. Sweets were also distributed to the students. The dome ground was full of laughter and happiness of the students participating in the event. The students enjoyed to the fullest and many of them named it as most enjoyed event of the Institute till now. Faculty was not much behind the students in the kite-flying. They also tried to fly the kite and many of them succeeded in the same.

Then, DJ party started which was organized by the students and DJ was from among the students only. Tracks were such that students could not stop their legs moving on the tracks. Students danced and enjoyed a lot. This went for hour. When the DJ concluded the event, the students did not want it over. But due to lack of time, the event was to be concluded.

The two-day event was concluded by the lightening of the lanterns by the students and faculty members. Sky was full of the lanterns and it seemed like the stars have come nearer to the earth. The Guest of Honor, Meet Thakker, also participated in the event.

“Light always trumps darkness. It always has, and it always will. Therefore... if you believe that your world is darkening...if you believe that the culture of your nation is growing dimmer by the year...don't blame it on the dark! Darkness is only doing what darkness does.”

  • January 22, 2015