In conversation with Prof. (Dr.) B. K. Ravindra, the Vice Chancellor of the Alliance University, Bangalore, who has around four decades of experience in legal academics.
Q: During your tenure as Principal, SDM Law College received the A grade accreditation from National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC), becoming the only law college to such accreditation among the law colleges of Karnataka State Law University. Our readers would be keen to know the qualities of a successful head of an institution.
A: As the head of the institution, a person should be committed to the all-round development of the institution. The colleagues and other members of the institution should be treated as one family. Every activity conducted in the interest of the institution and students should be well documented and a SWOT analysis should be conducted often to overcome the threats and weaknesses. The head of the institution must lead by example.
Q: Tell us more about your initiative - Law Lab.
A: The Law Lab is a novel idea which came to my mind while I was going through the process of reflective thinking. My aim was to look at the practical aspects of law and demonstrate it before the students and the public at large. Hence, when I had a discussion with my colleagues to initiate an archive in the law college tracing the development of law, from the ancient period to the modern period, my colleagues helped me in getting a good number of documents relating to the various laws and it was exhibited in the Law Lab. For example, how the judgements were written by the judges manually until the onset of technology. Similarly, the agreements like the contract, will, gift deed, drafted by adopting drafting rules, etc. Law Lab is now full of documentation and a person can compare, contrast and appreciate the development and purpose of laws.
Q: You have organized a number of national-level moot court competitions. How do these competitions help to prepare the future lawyers of the country?
The very purpose of organizing national-level moot court competition, client interviewing, mediation, law quizzes and judgement writing competitions is to inculcate the spirit of advocacy skills in the young minds. Students who involve in moot court competition will not only excel in the profession, but they can opt to become judges or researchers as well. Such competitions also help the students to appreciate the spirit and purpose of laws.
Q: What are your thoughts on the future of legal education in the country?
A: The future of legal education is bright in the present era of globalization. There are lucrative opportunities for the students in Alternate Dispute Redressal mechanisms, Corporate Governance, Cyber Laws, Intellectual Property Rights etc. If a students is dedicated to understand and learn, the future will always be bright.
Q: What advise would you give law aspirants, who are eager to pursue legal education?
A: An institution with good faculty members and proper infrastructure will be able to pave the way of success for law aspirants in the legal field; law aspirants should be careful in selecting a law school. Apart from focussing on theoretical knowledge of law, he or she should also focus on learning the practicalities of the profession. Dedication and commitment is the key to succeed in the legal profession.