The National Law School of India (NLSIU) in Bangalore conducted its 18th Annual Convocation yesterday (August 29, 2010) at the Jnana Jyothi auditorium at the Central College campus of Bangalore University. The event was presided over by Justice R.V. Raveendran of the Supreme Court of India. Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily was the Chief Guest for the convocation.
The Law Minister in his speech asserted the new graduates to uphold the high standards of their Alma Mater, practice with dignity and never forget that at the end of the day it’s just a profession. He also said “You must learn to play a creative and crucial role in devising strategies that facilitate the development of a just and egalitarian society. The need is to promote excellence beyond the National Law Schools”. Moily also touched upon reforms in legal education saying "The need now is to look beyond the mere establishment of National Law Schools. The need now is to weed out mediocrity and inefficiency from our legal education system through dramatic reform in terms of its scope and quality.”
The valedictorian for the ceremony was Rhodes Scholar V. Niranjan. Nirjanjan will pursue his BCL at Magdalen College at Oxford University. Niranjan has decided to come back to litigate in India and has already declined an offer from a London law firm. He wishes to litigate in the areas of Income Tax and Company Law. Speaking to Bar & Bench he said “I think the aspect of legal practice is one that is closest to questions of law, and allows one intense interaction with legal reason and legal argument is litigation. It’s always been my dream to litigate in Indian Courts and my stint at law school with my extensive moot court and internships has strengthened my conviction that this is the right career choice for me. I look to the BCL at Oxford University to build a strong foundation in these areas of law and at the same time experience the exhilaration of studying law at one of the world’s best universities."
Kaushik Prasad, who graduated yesterday with a Director’s Medal for Outstanding Personal Achievement told Bar & Bench, “I enjoyed the convocation and had waited for it eagerly. It definitely feels damn nice." He told us that he will miss his colleagues from law school. Kaushik is now an associate with Luthra & Luthra in New Delhi and is on their capital markets team.
K. Vijay Kumar, the IPS officer who helped trap Veerappan was amongst the graduates on Sunday. He received his Master of Business Laws. He was among a crowd of 435 people who graduated from various programs yesterday.
The Vice-Chancellor of NLSIU delivered the Director’s report which listed out the achievements and the activities of the school during the past year. These include winning the Manfred Lachs International Space Law Moot and the Premchand Memorial Debate. The Director also spoke about the achievements of V. Niranjan the fourteenth Rhodes Scholar the institution has produced in its 23 year history.