SILF- MILAT Award recognizes the best run colleges in the country assessed in terms of infrastructure, student welfare, governance structure, academic autonomy and community engagement programmes including legal aid services.
Mr. Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed- Acting Chief Justice, Delhi High Court; Mr. Justice Deepak Verma, Chairman of Jury, Law Awards and Fali S. Nariman- President Emeritus, Bar Association of India conferred the award on Dr. Ashok K Chauhan- Founder President, Amity Group, Dr. (Mrs.) Amita Chauhan- Chairperson, Amity International Schools and Maj. Gen. Nilendra Kumar- Director, Amity Law School, Noida in the presence of legal luminaries.
Accepting the award, Dr. Chauhan thanked SILF-MILAT for acknowledging the contribution of Amity Law School, Noida in contributing responsible, ethical and dedicated lawyers to the country's legal system and assured that lawyers nurtured by Amity Law School would bring laurels to the country and spread its fame across the world.
Mr. Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed said good teaching makes good students and law teachers give reins of society in the students' hands.
He further stated that teachers of law contribute immensely to society, and therefore, their efforts should be recognized and rewarded.
He stressed that the time has come for law students to become court managers and learn the techniques of court management.
He called upon law teachers to teach court management techniques and judgment writing to the budding lawyers so that the justice delivery system is faster.
Students should be taught the use of technology, which would make them better equipped in court, he added.
Mr. Justice Deepak Verma lamented the gradual deterioration of judicial system and pointed towards the dearth of good advocates and good lawyers.
He stressed that it will still take a few more years to get good lawyers.
He called upon budding lawyers to master the art of advocacy, understand court craft and court etiquettes.
They should focus more on library and do serious study and research work, he said.
He expressed that with the changing legal scenario; by 2020 there would be more mediators than litigators.
He called upon law teachers to take pro-active steps in teaching and initiate socio- economic transformation through law. He implored them to produce rural legal service lawyers who could act as public defenders in villages and rural areas.
Fali S. Nariman warned that very soon there will be a gap between teaching and practice.
Teachers deserve to be remembered and rewarded for the hard work they have been doing in nurturing responsible lawyers of the country, he added.
He stressed that the time has come for law teachers to come in front and fulfill the expectations that the country and its people have from them.
Lalit Bhasin, President, The Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF), said SILF is recognising the achievements and hard work of law institutes and the law teaching fraternity in the country.
It is very important to bring forth their immense contribution to the country's legal system and thereby, encourage them to achieve greater milestones in future.
--ANI (Posted on 02-09-2013)