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NUJS Weekend Lecture Series

NUJS starts weekend lectures and invites industry experts to give students practical edge
Kolkata, 8th December, 2014: National University of Juridical Sciences launched a special 'Weekend Lecture Series' inviting top academics and practitioners, to supplement academic discussions in classrooms.

The first lecture was delivered by Zia Mody, Managing Partner of AZB & Partners on pressing issues in corporate governance in India, regulatory hurdles to foreign investment and M&As and the role of corporate lawyers today in facilitating business transactions. She also explained why India has lagged behind places like Singapore, which are the favourite destinations for international arbitration for clients. Commenting on the recent BALCO judgment of the Supreme Court in 2012, Mody recalled how her father Mr. Soli Sorabjee had quipped that it had been an "operation that was successful but left the patient dead."

"Such lectures will assist the students in keeping abreast of the contemporary developments in governance, economics, business, social justice and allied sciences," said Vaneeta Patnaik, faculty member at NUJS who has been involved in organizing the lecture series. Zia Mody has been ranked amongst the most powerful women in India by Business Today.
"I hope to see leading academics and practitioners participate in this endeavor and contribute to nurturing young talent. - the series becomes a forum for our students to gain an insight into critical issues of national relevance and help them in formulating reasoned opinions," said Prof. P Ishwara Bhat, Vice Chancellor, NUJS.

"Since liberalization of Indian economy, the role of lawyers has evolved significantly from what it used to be earlier, when arguing in courts was the only career option," said Akshat Gupta, President, Student Juridical Association, NUJS. "We conceptualized this in order to bridge the industry-academia gap, and hope that it will guide students on how to excel in the real world, and will also help in recruitments."

The next lecture in the series will be delivered by Prof. N R Madhava Menon on Saturday, December 13, 2014, who founded NLSIU, Bangalore (and later NUJS, Kolkata later) and is widely considered as the father of Indian national law schools. The emergence of national law schools has transformed how a lawyer's role is conceived in society, as alumni of national law universities have done extremely well in litigation, risen to top positions in law firms and companies and international policy-making organizations.

The lectures are open to the general public and will also be uploaded on the internet for public benefit and access.

For more information, contact:
Vaneeta Patnaik, Assistant Professor, NUJS: 9874411183
Akshat Gupta, President of NUJS Students' Association: 9836576365

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