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News of July 2015

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Mr. Mukul Rohatgi, Attorney General of India visited Institute of Law, Nirma University on July 25, 2015 to deliver the Eight Public Lecture under the Annual Public Lecture Series of the Institute. He spoke on "National Judicial Appointment Commission: A need for Reform?' Dr Karsanbhai K. Patel, President, NU 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.  

       

  • July 25, 2015

Nirma University has been awarded with the 'Best University in Use of Technology in Teaching-Learning Practices Award' in the Third CCI Technology Education Excellence Awards 2015. The programme was hosted by the Gujarat Technological University and co-organized by CMAI Association of India on July 17, 2015.

  • July 17, 2015

The department of Civil Engineering, Institute of Technology, Nirma University has been granted a collaborative research project titled “Application of Precast Products made using Bottom Ash and Fly Ash for Rural Pavements and other Infrastructure in India” by IC-IMPACTS (the India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability).

The project is of three year duration from July 01, 2015 to March 31, 2018. The total fund sanctioned for the project is 84500 Canadian Dollars. The project is expected to lead to applications of Geopolymer concrete, especially in the precast industry. It is envisaged that the concrete mixes developed in this project will have the adequate compressive strength, and other durability properties required for the concrete mixes to be used as a paving material in rural India and as a permeable paving material in urban Canadian environment. The potential of the developed concrete mixes for using in other infrastructure in both countries will also be explored in the project.

Dr. Urmil V Dave, Professor, Civil Engineering Department will work as the Indian principal investigator of the project. Canadian principal Investigator of the project is Dr. Rishi Gupta, University of Victoria, Canada. Industry partners from Canada and India are also associated in the project.

  • July 09, 2015