In conversation with Mr. Akshay Kanti Bam, who had the courage of chasing his dream to establish a law college. Further, he transformed it into a well-known legal education institution in a short span of time.
Q: Usually, after graduating from law school, law graduates prefer to pursue Master in Laws (LL.M.) What prompted you to choose Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)?
A: After completing law graduation, I preferred to pursue MBA, as I thought it would proper to gain adequate knowledge of management and administration to implement in the field of legal education. This career choice was well-thought, because I had plans of starting a law college, while I was still in my final year of study.
Q: You have broken the stereotype by setting up a law college at a young age. What personal and professional challenges did you face?
A: During the course of establishing the law college, I faced a lot of obstacles both- personally and professionally. It was very much painful for me when I pledged my residential house in order to secure financial assistance from lending institutions. Initially, people treated me like a kid and did not take me seriously. After the commencement of operations of the college, this was the worst problem to handle.
However, I am thankful to the almighty, who gave me enough strength to work in difficult situations, the power to walk with firm determination, self confidence, and dedication to reach the goal.
Q: Most law students prefer to join the corporate sector or practice in a law firm. Do you think that legal academics has lost its sheen over the time?
A: No, it is not true that legal academics has lost the sheen over the time. Legal education provides a lot of opportunities to work in different fields, whether it may be in the corporate sector or working in a law firm, etc. The ultimate choice and preference always remains with the students.
Q: What are your thoughts on the future of legal education in the country?
I am of the opinion that future of legal education in the country is very bright. Legal education makes a person well aware of his rights and duties. We should not forget that some of the great leaders of India, who played a vital role during the country’s independence struggle were lawyers, and today also, highest individual tax payers of country are advocates only.
Q: You have travelled to numerous countries. What motivates you travel and how do you take out time out of your busy schedule for the same?
A: Travelling is my hobby. It provides me with new ideas and intellectual energy. Therefore, it is not difficult for me to take out time for travel. I believe that a person should travel as much as possible, as it makes you more disciplined, confident, curious, and organized.