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Ahmedabad, Saturday: Vice-President Mr. M. Hamid Ansari today inaugurated the new campus of Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) in presence of Gujarat’s Governor Dr Shrimati Kamlaji, Chief Minister Narendra Modi and the Supreme Court Judge Mr. Justice Anil R. Dave.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ansari lauded the GNLU’s initiatives to achieve its vision of becoming a world-class law university through steady progress in education, research, training and extension activities in a short span of six years. He praised its initiatives to establish centres of excellence in specialized areas such as private and public international law, foreign policy and security studies, environmental law and climate change.

The Vice-President also praised the Gujarat Government’s efforts in collaboration with the GNLU in reducing the backlog of cases to assist professionals and the judiciary.

Referring to the observations of the Working Group on Legal Education, he said, its vision is to contribute to the realization of values enshrined in the Constitution of India. The role and public function of law schools have vastly changed since Independence.

He expressed concern at the pendency of over 56,000 cases in the Supreme Court, and nearly 3.2-crore in the High Courts and Subordinate Courts as December 31, 2010. He said that excessive adjournments, shortage of resources and capacity, long-winded arguments by counsels, inadequate strength of judges are well known reasons for delay in justice delivery systems. The National Mission for Justice and Legal Reforms, constituted by the Government last year to implement the two major goals of reducing delays and enhancing accountability, has been allotted Rs.5,000-crore to the states for improving the justice delivery system over the five years period 2010-15, as per the recommendations of the Thirteenth Finance Commission.

Quoting the Law Commission of India report of August-2009, Mr. Ansari said, “The ethics of lawyers has also become questionable. Though there is a Bar Council that ‘has to look after ethics of lawyers, it has ‘rarely taken action against tainted lawyers.”

Governor Dr. Kamlaji said the judiciary could change the face of the society by creating awareness about the people’s duties and rights particularly the lower strata of the society. The judiciary can play a big role in creating a stable and good nation, establish a rule of law. Law has remained a part of dharma since ancient times. The Constitution of India accords top place to the truth and it is for the judiciary to search for truth. It is not for nothing that ‘Satyamev Jayate’ has been accepted as India’s symbol. One should keep this thing in mind during arguments and announcing judgment.

She called upon the law students to develop moral values in life and listen to what their inner voice says while distinguishing between right and wrong. The Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi too had made truth his weapon in his endeavors. She had a word of praise for the GNLU and its curriculum, fit to be a module for legal studies in the country.

Chief Minister Mr. Narendra Modi that Gujarat Government has taken upon itself a gigantic task of coordinating the syllabi of Gujarat National Law University, Rakshashakti University and the world famous Forensic Sciences University for producing the best possible manpower in the field of law and judiciary.

He said that GNLU and its campus represented a mini India, on way of becoming the topmost varsity of the country in this particular field. He remembered the contributions of late Gujarat’s Minister Mr. Ashok Bhatt and noted legal expert late Mr. Kirit Rawal.

Accepting the principle of adage that justice delayed is justice denied, he said, Gujarat Government has increased budget on legal education by 24 per cent during the last ten years. He enlisted the initiatives of the government in reducing the backlog of cases and ensuring speedy justice.

Mr. Modi said the GNLU incorporated courses necessary for redrafting the existing laws and make them foolproof with the help of top legal experts. Gujarat has also taken steps to make justice at affordable cost. He asked the students of GNLU to explore further popularization of Lok Adalat. India’s freedom struggle has also been led by many legal experts. He hoped the tradition would continue in the present days.

Mr. Justice Anil R. Dave of the Supreme Court called upon the students to consider GNLU as the Goddess Saraswati and accept the degree as Her blessings. He wished that GNLU would cover many milestones in the field of legal education, research and scholarship. He conveyed Chief Justice of India Mr. Justice S. Kapadia’s best wishes to GNLU.

GNLU Director Prof Bimal N. Patel delivered the welcome address.

Prominent among those present on the occasion, included Mumbai High Court Chief Justice M.S. Shah, Gujarat’s Law Minister Dilip Sanghani, Education Minister Ramanlal Vora, Minister of State for Law Pradeepsinhji Jadeja, other Ministers, lawyers, MPs, MLAs, officials, students and their guardians.

Sources: Gujarat Information Bureau

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