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Delhi High Court: Pratibha M. Singh, J., noted that the present matter of non-issuance of degree certificates from Delhi University shows that there seems to be complete administrative lethargy on the part of all the authorities.

Petitioner a student of Delhi University had received the Commonwealth Scholarship by Kings College London, however the same could not materialize due to the non-filing of the degree certificate in time which was to be issued by Delhi University.

Thus, the present petition has been filed with regard to non-issuance of petitioner’s degree and now one final opportunity is available for him to avail the above-mentioned scholarship for which he would require the degree certificate.

Counsel for Delhi University submitted that the reason for non-issuance of the degree certificate was lack of proper quality paper and contract with the printer had also expired.

To the above submission, Court had passed the following order:

“8. This Court is of the opinion that there needs to be a proper streamlined procedure with proper deadlines being fixed for issuance of the mark sheets, transcripts, degree certificates, etc. so that students of DU are not inconvenienced in any manner. Accordingly, it is directed that Professor Vinay Gupta, Dean of Examinations, DU shall appear before this Court on 7th July, 2020 and suggest a proper schedule and timeline for issuance of degree certificates and other related documents as also the respective officers who would be personally responsible for the same.

9. Mr. Rupal, ld. counsel shall also obtain instructions and make a statement as to in what manner the degree certificate can be given to the Petitioner at the earliest and in any case, before 10th July, 2020.”

Prof. Vinay Gupta, Dean, Examination, University of Delhi assured the Court that the degree certificate for the petitioner would be issued on or before 10th July, 2020.

Immediately after the Convocation, DU is expected to release the degree certificates to its students. In the case of the Petitioner, the journey after completion of his studies, to obtain the degree certificate has turned out to be arduous and unpleasant.

Court took serious note of the present situation and the fact that issuance of degree certificates are being delayed, that too due to completely unjustifiable reasons.

“…issuance of degree certificates which ought to be a happy and memorable occasion has been turned into a laborious and burdensome process.”

In Court’s opinion, the completely unjustifiable reasons such as lack of paper, lack of printing facilities, etc. does not justify the non-issuance of the degree certificate for a period of three long years.

There is thus a need for the DU to streamline the process of issuance of degree certificates with a fixed timeline and schedule. Accordingly, an affidavit shall be placed on record by the University of Delhi, also DU shall create a dedicated helpline for the said purpose.

Insofar as the Petitioner is concerned, since time is of the essence, Prof Gupta has agreed to expedite the issuance of the degree certificate. Accordingly, the Petitioner shall approach the office of Prof. Vinay Gupta, Dean, Examination, Delhi University, North Campus on 9th July, 2020 at 3:00 p.m, to collect his original degree certificate.[Dhritiman Ray v. University of Delhi, 2020 SCC OnLine Del 735 , decided on 07-07-2020]

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Justice Sikri at the GNLU Convocation  “While the Human in Law is important, the Humane in Law is indispensable”.

GNLU organised its ninth convocation of the Gujarat National Law University on January 27, 2019.

Dr Justice D. Y. Chandrachud, Hon. Judge, Supreme Court of India and Visitor, GNLU presided over the convocation. As a Chief Guest, Mr Justice A. K. Sikri, Hon. Judge, Supreme Court of India delivered the Convocation Address.

A total of 462 students of five-year integrated UG programmes in Law (333), PG programme in Law (117), MBA programme (09) and doctoral programme (03), who completed academic requirements during the academic year 2016-17 and 2017-18, were conferred degrees at the convocation.

51 Gold Medals were awarded to 32 students for their scholastic performance in various subjects with Ms Akarshita Dhawan (UG Programme in Law) receiving as many as nine different gold medals.

In his convocation address, Justice Sikri advised the graduating students to not forget that the law deals with humans and their behaviour so it’s important they keep the humane aspect at the heart of their professional practice stating that “while the Human in Law is important, the Humane in Law is indispensable.” He added that “one way to resolve a doubt in case there is a conflict between the humane and human is to keep the collective in front of an individual or holistic in front of the partial, or harmonious over the divisive, or the efficient over the deficient, or long-term over the short-term.”

He advised the students to always be prepared, always be willing to take initiative, and to grab the opportunity that presents itself before them, saying that “you are the reflection of the opportunities you seize and the chances you miss.”

He further told the students that “your life as a lawyer will not always be easy. You will not always win. You will at times be frustrated, and even heartbroken.” He asked them not to lose heart at such times referring to the success stories of Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela who faced defeats early in their career. The first one lost one of his first criminal defence cases and saw his client executed, the second lost a large, civil judgment and nearly saw his client forced into bankruptcy and the third one was himself tried and convicted of treason, but all of them went on to greatness and became legends.

He likened the teachers with sculptors narrating the story of the great sculptor Michelangelo. The story goes that when Michelangelo was working on David, an eighteen-foot tall statue sculpted in marble in Florence, Italy, a little boy asked him as to why he was hitting that rock of marble so hard. He replied ‘young man, there an angel inside that rock. I am setting him free.’

He further advised the students to always be students for life stating that “Legal education isn’t over after you leave university. In fact, it begins when you start practising.

Referring to the quote of Jeff Bezos “Cleverness is a gift, Kindness is a choice,” Dr Justice Chandrachud asked the graduating students to “be kind to others but also be kind to yourself. Self-love is as much a part of self-improvement. Do not rob yourself of the kindness you deserve.”

Dr Justice Chandrachud called upon the students to show compassion and empathy for those around us saying that “in addition to working towards fulfilling our own dreams, it is important to keep working towards creating a world where each individual has an opportunity to chase their dreams.”

In his welcome address, GNLU Director, Dr Bimal Patel announced that, from the academic year 2019-20, GNLU will offer two more LLM programmes in the field of Maritime Law and Sports Law. With this, the LLM students will have a wide range of eight specializations to choose from. GNLU currently offers six specializations in the LLM programme – Corporate & Business Law, Constitutional & Administrative Law, Intellectual Property Rights, Comparative International Law, Criminal & Security Law and Public Policy, Law & Governance.

Mr Justice Anant S. Dave, Hon’ble Acting Chief Justice, High Court of Gujarat and Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Hon’ble Minister of Education, Government of Gujarat were the Guests of Honour at the convocation.

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Jindal Global University will be hosting the 7th Convocation Ceremony on August 7th, 2018 at Jawaharlal Nehru Auditorium, New Delhi. The Chief Guest of the event will be the Hon’ble Vice-President of India, Mr. Venkaiah Naidu.
Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Time: 5.00 pm – 6.30 pm (Speeches & Presentation of Medals)
          6.30 pm – 7.40 pm (Award of Degrees)
Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru Auditorium, JLN Stadium Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
To view the Program schedule, click HERE.
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The Fifth Annual Convocation of the students of National Law University, Odisha (NLU Odisha) was held on 29th July, 2018 at the Amphitheatre of National Law University Odisha, Cuttack.  Justice Dipak Misra, the Chief Justice of India and Visitor NLU Odisha presided over the occasion and delivered the Presidential Address.  Justice Michael Kirby,  Former Judge, High Court of Australia was the Chief Guest for the occasion and delivered the Convocation Address. Justice Kirby was also conferred with the Degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) (Honoris Causa) by the university. Justice Vineet Saran, Chief Justice of Orissa High Court and Chancellor, NLU Odisha awarded the degrees and also address the gathering. Sitting Judges of High Court of Orissa, Senior Advocates, Judicial Officers were among the other dignitaries present.

A total of 167 graduands were awarded degrees, including 49 LLM candidates, and 118 from undergraduate courses – 57 and 59 candidates respectively from the BA LLB and BBA LLB streams. Additionally, Justice Kirby was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) honoris causa. A total number of 18 gold medals were given to students in the convocation this year.

The Convocation Address was delivered by Justice Michael Kirby, Chief Guest for the occasion. He began his speech by expressing his gratitude towards Justice Dipak Misra, the Chief Justice of India and the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Sri Krishna Deva Rao and council members of the National Law University, Odisha.

He congratulated the University for its stellar performance in various national and international mooting and debating competitions. He then congratulated the outgoing batch and their respective families for their support through this long journey.

Justice Misra in his presidential address acknowledged the remarkable achievements of National Law University Odisha, Cuttack appreciating the efforts and diligence of the faculty as well as the students succeeding in every field such as mooting, placements, research publications, academic achievements etc. He underlined the importance of the role played by law schools in changing the quality of legal profession and providing a generation of competent lawyers who contribute to the legal profession at all levels. He then reminded the new graduates of their new role as connecting force between justice delivery mechanism and the people at large. He reiterated that by virtue of the profession they have chosen to be a part of they become the “messengers of justice” and “torchbearers” of the legal profession. He concluded by encouraging them to be true to their own convictions and conscience and not be guided by majoritarian views. He finally congratulated the graduates and wished them luck for their future endeavours.

Justice Saran heartily welcomed the Chief Justice of India, Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Micheal Kirby. He then congratulated all the graduating students for their hard work and perseverance and their parents for their support. He also highlighted that the University was amongst the 60 leading universities of the country.

The Vice-Chancellor began his address by congratulating the graduates for their accomplishments in their journey with the University and to their proud families as well. He emphasised on the importance of learning and stated that the teachers are indeed knowledge workers and universities are the portals of bestowing knowledge, values, shaping minds and intellects. The achievements of students of the University were then brought to light by the Vice Chancellor.

Out of the 18 gold medals, NLU Odisha has instituted six, while various dignitaries of the legal fraternity have donated the remaining twelve. Ms. Meghmala Mukherjee received the highest number of gold medals – seven. She was awarded the M.L. Mitra Memorial Gold Medal for first rank in B.B.A L.L.B (Hons.), SKS Juris Legal Group Gold Medal, Gagan Bihari Das Memorial Gold Medal, Ras Behari Ray Gold Medal, Nisamoni Devi and Bhagabat Charan Mohanty Memorial Gold Medal, Satyakamal Memorial Gold Medal and the Smt. Pavani Easwara Lakshmi Memorial Gold Medal.

Ms. Diya Dasgupta was awarded three gold medals – University Gold Medal for third rank in BA LLB, State Bank of India Gold Medal and the Ananta Misra & Annapurna Misra Gold Medal for Best All-Round Female Student.

The Dinabandhu Sahu Memorial Trust for first rank in BA LLB was awarded to Shobhit Ahuja. The University Gold Medal for second rank in BA LLB was awarded to Swastika Chakravarti. University Gold Medals for second and third rank in BBA LLB were awarded to Vinti Agarwal and Ankita Sen. The Shri Bichitrananda Mahanty Memorial Gold Medal for All-Round Male Student was awarded to Vishesh Mehrotra, the Madhusudan Mohanty Memorial Gold Medal to S. Vivek, and the University Gold Medal for Highest Score in Intellectual Property Laws in the B.B.A.,LL.B. (Hons.) /B.A.,LL.B. (Hons.) Degree was awarded to Shreya Singhal. The University Gold Medal for the first rank in L.L.M for batch 2017-18 was awarded to Bhallamudi Venkata Mallela Rakshith.

The Registrar of NLU Odisha Dr. Dolly Jabbal, a host of dignitaries from the legal fraternity, parents of students, staff of NLUO were also present on the occasion. Three journals – NLUO Law Journal, Human Rights Law Journal and NLUO Students Journal were released.

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NALSAR University of Law held its 16th annual convocation on Saturday. The Convocation ceremony was graced by Honorable Governor of Telangana State Shri. E.S.L Narsimhan as Chief Guest. Honorable Justice Thottathil B. Radha Krishnan, Chief Justice of High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad for the state of Telangana and the State of Andhra Pradesh, who is also the Chancellor of NALSAR University of Law, presided over the convocation and conferred the degrees on the successful students.
Shri A. Indra Karan Reddy, Hon’ble Minister for Housing, Law and Endowments, Government of Telangana, Honorable Justice S.S.M Quadri and Hon’ble Justice P. Venkatarama Reddi, former Judges of Supreme Court of India graced the occasion as guests of honor.
Prof. Faizan Mustafa, the Vice-Chancellor of University said that NALSAR has been assigned ‘A’ grade status and stood top among the National Law Universities in the country in the NAAC & UGC rankings.
“The law is very strong against the weak and very weak against the strong” said Governor while delivering Convocation address. Hon’ble Governor, Shri. E.S.L Narsimhan in his Convocation address appreciated the wonderful achievements of the University. Quoting from Mahabharatha, “he said that whatever creates conflict is adharma and whatever creates harmony is dharma. He said that concept of justice is static, but its interpretation should be dynamic.” And quoting Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, he said that law and order is medicine for body politic and when body politic gets sick, medicine should be administered. He expressed the view that as judiciary plays important role in the administration of justice, it should keep in the mind the larger interests of society while adjudicating on human rights and climate change. “Constitutional morality and rule of law, maintenance of stability are more important than that of others”. “NALSAR should take up legal education for common man and we should not depend entirely on the practitioners of law”, he said.
During the Ceremony, Degrees and Diplomas were conferred on 409 students by the Chancellor of the university, Justice Thottathil B. Radha Krishnan, Chief Justice of High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad for the State of Telangana and the State of Andhra Pradesh.
On this occasion, Aishwarya Deb and Nithish. R. Daniel from LL.M and D. Dhruva Aditya from MBA secured gold medals. The highlight of the ceremony was that Ms. Tanvi Tuhina of BA LLB (Hon) bagged as many as eleven gold medals for her outstanding performance. Similarly, Shubhra Tripathy and Karan Gupta of BA LLB (Hon) got six gold medals each.
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The 16th Annual Convocation is scheduled to be held at 11:00 a.m. on July 28, 2018 in the University Auditorium. Hon’ble Shri E.S.L Narasimhan, Governor for the States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana has very kindly consented to be the Chief Guest and will deliver the Convocation Address.