Mahindra University School of Law organized a series of lectures as part of its orientation lecture series, from 6th- to 17th September 2021 in online as well as offline modes. Each session was an enlightening and enriching experience for all its newly admitted students of BA-LLB and BBA-LLB programs.
“We welcome the students of the first batch of School of Law at Mahindra University. Our School of Law is founded on the principles of justice, equality and service to all sections of the society. Gandhiji, a renowned lawyer himself, always placed honesty and service above the perks of the profession. We are focused on providing education for and of a better world and there is no better way to begin their education than by exposing them to the thoughts of the best legal luminaries in the country”, says Dr. Yajulu Medury, Vice Chancellor, Mahindra University.
Each day of the orientation began with a lecture from top practitioners of the profession, who shared their wisdom and experiences to instill the values and skills required in the legal profession, to the prospective lawyers of the foundation batch.
“The Orientation Lecture series sessions were designed to introduce the students the elementary principles of legal profession which shall serve as a lighthouse for their 5-year journey in their respective integrated course with law. I firmly believe that destinies are not encountered, they are created with dedication, passion and values towards the profession and we believe in inculcating these in the students”, says Dr. M. Sridhar Acharyulu, Dean and Professor, School of Law Mahindra University.
Prof. Dr. M. Sridhar Acharyulu, introduced the students of the program to the concept of law and natural rights through interesting anecdotes and episodes from his long career as a lawyer and professor of law at several reputed institutions of legal education in the country.
In the first session of the lecture series, Prof. VC Vivekanandan, Vice Chancellor, Hitayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur, undertook a virtual session on the required skill sets for legal profession. He spoke about how strength of ethics, discipline of law and the applicability of law in uncharted fields.
Advocate Ramchandra Rao, Member of Telengana Legislative Committee, Hyderabad talked about Inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary role of the legal profession. His talk focused on the expanding dimensions of law such as Conventional Practice, Corporate Practice, High Court Practice, Supreme Court Practice and Advising Chamber Practice.
Advocate P. Vishnuvardhan Reddy, Member – Bar Council of India and Board member of NALSAR, and NLSIU talked about upholding justice and dharma in the legal profession.
He said that without law there is no government, no court; and consequently, no democracy.
Prof. Dr. Srikrishna Deva Rao, Vice Chancellor, National Law University, Delhi emphasized on the principles of studying law. He accentuated the importance of cultivation of the imaginative faculties for lawyers by reading poetry, seeing great paintings, and involving oneself in other creative activities, so that a truly complete legal professional can be groomed.
Prof. Dr. Vijaya Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, National Law Institute University NLIU, Bhopal undertook a session on how to read the constitution of India. He emphasized that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land or also as fundamental law of superior obligations. He also remarked on the distinctive value of Constitution, Constitutional Law and Constitutionalism.
Shri P. Yadagiri, Senior Journalist, spoke about Integrating India after Independence and showcased the case of Hyderabad. He explained how Historiography is a dimension of History and epistolography is a dimension of truth. He repeatedly emphasized that the truth is always critical and may bring upon many enemies, but it must prevail.
Dr. R.V. Ramana Murthy, Dean and Professor of Economics, University of Hyderabad spoke about the interrelationships between law and economics. Elaborating on the evolution of the society since the dawn of civilization, he spoke on the Pre-capital, capital and post-capital societies. He also explained Production, Distribution and Consumption as the three primary economic activities, since the beginning of the society.
In the final lecture of the series, Justice J. Chelameswar, Judge (Retd.) Supreme Court of India, spoke on Understanding Law and Justice. He emphasized the crucial role of history in creation of a society. He asserted that democracy is a system of a Government; and in order to create a just and lawful society, the aim should be that of a democratic governance. He also stated that if power is not checked, it can corrupt the system and adversely affect the functioning of the society.