214 students conferred with degrees on the second convocation of RGNUL
As many as 214 students in different law courses were conferred with degrees on the second convocation of Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL) on Saturday.punjab Updated: Jan 31, 2015 23:44 IST
As many as 214 students in different law courses were conferred with degrees on the second convocation of Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL) on Saturday.
Supreme Court judge, Justice Tirath Singh Thakur, who was chief guest on the occasion, awarded the degrees.
Apex court judge Justice AR Dave and Justice Shiavax Jal Vazifdar, acting chief justice of Punjab and Haryana high court were also present.
RGNUL awarded 137 degrees of BA LLB (Hons), 34 degrees of LLM (two year course), 40 degrees of LLM (one year course); a degree of Ph.D. (Law) and two degrees of Ph.D. (Social Sciences with Law).
The Chancellor Medal was awarded for overall best performance to graduation students Kshtij Bansal and Assish Tiwari of the batches 2008-2013 and 2009-2013, respectively, while Vice-Chancellor Medals were awarded to second best students Gaurav Arora and Novy Thomas Cyriac.
The best girl student awards went to Bhumika Modh and Shreya Mishra and outstanding achievements in moot court was awarded to Sourabh Rath and Novy Thomas Cyriac.
Addressing the students, Justice TS Thakur remarked that there is a crying need for restoring the prestige of the legal profession by identifying, isolating and weeding out elements, which were maligning the profession. For this the bar council of India has great responsibility.
"For me, creativity, originality and commitment to professional ethics are the keys to the success of lawyers," he said.
Meanwhile, SJ Vazifdar, acting chief justice of Punjab and Haryana high court, who is also the chancellor of the university, said that attaining the degree maybe the end of examinations but also the beginning of the tests of life, and actual learning.
Supreme Court doing best to reduce pendency of cases
Justice TS Thakur, chief guest at the convocation, said that the Supreme Court of India has taken several important steps to deal with pendency of cases in high courts, district and other lower courts.
"The need is to improve infrastructure and providing manpower to courts. The national lok adalats and the alternative dispute resolution mechanism including the mediation centres opened in different states have helped to reduce burden of the courts", Justice Thakur said.
However, he added that "It is a good sign that the people are approaching the judicial system to get justice. Moreover, this shows that the people have trust and confidence in the judiciary of the country".
Meanwhile, speaking over exploitation of people by lawyers, Justice Thakur said it was once considered to be one of the noble professions.
"Though most advocates have adopted ethical approach and are carrying forward their profession with honesty and dedication, but there are some black sheeps also. Therefore, the bar councils and other disciplinary bodies must control these malpractices to maintain confidence among the people about law institution".