Justice AK Sikri at 2019 GNLU Convocation: Legal education begins when you start practice

Team SoOLEGAL 29 Jan 2019 3:30pm

Justice AK Sikri at 2019 GNLU Convocation: Legal education begins when you start practice

The ninth convocation of the Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) Gandhi nagar was held on Sunday (27th January).

Judge of the Supreme Court of India and Visitor, Dr Justice DY Chandrachud GNLU presided over the convocation and as a Chief Guest, Justice AK Sikri of the Supreme Court brought out the Convocation Address.

A total of 462 students of five-year integrated UG programmes in Law, PG programme in Law, MBA programme and doctoral programme who acquired academic requirements during the academic year 2016-17 and 2017-18, were conferred degrees at the convocation. There were 51 Gold Medals which were awarded to 32 students for their performance in various subjects, with Akarshita Dhawan receiving as many as nine medals in different subjects.

In the convocation, Justice Sikri counseled the graduating students to not forget that the law deals with humans and their behavior and states that, “While the Human in Law is important, the Humane in Law is indispensable.”

He further stated 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 counseled the students to always be prepared, always be willing to take initiative, and to grab opportunities, saying that you are the reflection of the opportunities you seize and the chances you miss and your life as a lawyer will not always be easy. You will not always win. You will at times be frustrated and even heartbroken.

Justice Sikri: He urged 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 case 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 achieve greatness and became legends.

He also advised the 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.

Justice Chandrachud called upon the students to show compassion and empathy for those around, stating, “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.”

GNLU Director Dr Bimal Patel announced in his welcome address that, from the academic year 2019-20, GNLU will offer two more LL.M. programmes in the field of Maritime Law and Sports Law. The LL.M. students will have eight specializations to choose from.

GNLU currently offers six specializations in the LL.M. programme: Corporate & Business Law, Constitutional & Administrative Law, Intellectual Property Rights, Comparative International Law, Criminal & Security Law, and Public Policy, Law & Governance.

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

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