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News of January 2015

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Institute of Law, Nirma University with the support of NSERB India, Department of Science and Technology, State of Gujarat and the Gujarat Council of Science and Technology organized the Fourth National Seminar on 'Law, Science and Technology: The Way Forward' on January 30-31, 2015.

The inaugural function that marked the commencement of 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.

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. Madhav Menon, the renowned Indian Legal Educator, started off by commending the efforts taken by the Institute in organising the seminar. He stated that 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. He further stated that the responsibility of education to combine law and technology where he listed out three basic points: firstly, we need to list the priorities in re-organizing the legal curriculum by incorporating technological subjects or science subjects, secondly, we need to focus on how to teach these subjects and finally, we need to identify the pedagogies to be used and emphasized that there should be a mixture of both operational and theoretical knowledge.

Prof. R.R. Hanchinal concluded the session by outlining that it is important to have economic, social and political security. He emphasized the importance of capacity building to protect the traditional knowledge by sharing benefits with farmers and community. He explained the role of Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Right Act and Bio Diversity Act and asked the scientists and students to inform farmers about their rights and how Act has been actively organising workshops to make people aware about protecting their traditional knowledge and how they can claim farmer’s rights under Act.

Shri D.P.Chhaya, Director (Academic and General Administration),Nirma University in his presidential address reinstated the need of a comparative study between law and technology and also informed about introduction of elective courses in all Institutes on various themes of the Seminar at University Level.



  • January 30, 2015