CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav has said Dr Ram Manohar Lohia National Law Institute should be put in the same league with the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).
While dedicating to the public the under-construction law institute building here on Tuesday, the CM stressed the need for maintaining the highest academic standards and imparting quality education at par with the best institutions in the country. “With the establishment of this institute, I am sure there will be no dearth of talent and excellence in the legal field including the judiciary,” he said adding the legal profession had witnessed a marked deterioration of late.
Simultaneously, Yadav also dedicated 17 government college buildings and laid the foundation stone of 7 others in the State. It is another matter that the foundation stones showed these so-called buildings were mere new academic blocks of different faculties. In a lighter vein, pointing towards the all-male VIP gathering on the dais, Yadav wondered why the organizers had not invited a woman to share her views and ideas.
“I had promised that the institute would be ready within a year at the time of laying its foundation stone. I am glad that the Rajkiye Nirman Nigam officials, secretary Higher Education Rajiv Kumar and my secretary Anita Singh have fulfilled that promise,” he said. While Kumar was present on the dais, Anita Singh, the CM said, could not attend because of a tragedy in her family.
The institute has already started with the first batch of 80 law students. After completion, the institute will have 240 students. With its own exclusive shopping centre, swimming pool, a 3000-seater auditorium and all other modern facilities, the Rs 275-crore project would be one of its kind in north India. “I would have preferred a Saturday or a Sunday for the event,” said the CM regretting that he could not invite members of the judiciary and legal luminaries to the function because the officials’ acted hastily lest the notification for assembly polls was announced.