2015 News & Events
KIIT Law Students Repeat History, Win BCI National Moot Court Competition
Four years ago, in 2013, KIIT University created history by becoming the first Private University to win the prestigious Bar Council of India (BCI) National Moot Court Competition. History has repeated itself as KIIT School of Law defeated one of the most reputed National Law Schools, NALSAR, Hyderabad in the finals of 33rd Bar Council of India National Moot Court Competition, held at ICFAI Law School, Hyderabad on April 2, 2017.
BCI’s All India Inter University Moot Court Competition is the most prestigious and awaited national level students’ academic event of its kind, attracting participation from all reputed law institutions, including National Law Schools, across the country. It is remarkable that KIIT School of Law has won this prestigious competition twice in four years.
Established in 2007, KIIT School of Law has emerged as a leading law school of the country, at par with National Law Schools, offering Integrated BA.LL.B, BBA.LL.B and BSc.LL.B. It is well-known for its world-class infrastructure, well-stacked library and excellent moot court facility, besides high quality faculty and teaching.
KIIT team comprised of Mr. Saunak Rajguru (Speaker, Third Year), Ms. Somabha Bandopadhyay (Speaker, Fourth Year) and Mr. Mohit Rai (Researcher, Fourth Year). They were assisted by a research team consisting of: Mr. Shivam Pandey, Ms. Madhurika Ray, Mr. Akanshit Jha, Mr. Amardeep, Mr. Abhishek Kumar, Mr. Subham Bhut and Mr. Kautilya Birat.
Ms. Bandopadhyay and Mr. Rajguru won the ‘Best Overall Female Speaker’ and ‘Best Overall Male Speaker’ award respectively. In addition, she was adjudged ‘Best Speaker (Fourth Round)’, while Mr. Rajguru bagged ‘Best Speaker (Third Round)’. KIIT Team also won ‘Best Memorial’ award in the Third Round.
Congratulating the winning team, Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS said, KIIT University strives to bring out the best in each and every student and has thoughtfully created student-friendly campus for this purpose. “Your success will continue to inspire the coming batches”, he added, while thanking students, faculty and director of KIIT School of Law for their efforts.
The 3rd KIIT University National Moot Court Competition, organized by KIIT School of Law,concluded on September 20, 2015. A total of 46 teams, representing several National Law Universities and reputed Law Colleges of India, participated in the competition. The CMR Law College of Bangalore was adjudged as the best team. It received the champion’s trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh.
Campus Centre of Law, Delhi University was adjudged as the first runner-up and National Law University, Assam as the second runner-up. Both the team received runner-up trophies and cash prize of Rs. 50,000/- and Rs. 25,000/- respectively. Shaurya Upadhyay of Campus Law Centre was declared the best student lawyer, winning cash prize of Rs. 10,000/-, besides trophy.
Hon’ble Shri Justice Altamas Kabir, Former Chief Justice of India; Hon’ble Madam Justice Ruma Pal, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India and Hon’ble Madam Justice Indira Banerjee, Judge, Calcutta High Court addressed the valedictory function. Future lawyers should adhere to the ethics and morality laid down by Bar Council of India, Justice Kabir said in his address to the law students. Quality of the students is much better now compared to his time, he observed. Speaking on the occasion, Justice Pal said, this moot court competition was an eye opener. She advised the law students to maintain ethics and standard of behavior in their legal profession. Justice Pal also advised the students against confrontation with the Judge. Rather, they should always be pleasant in their profession, she added.
Justice Banarjee said, the moot court helps law students in many ways – it teaches them to be good lawyer, good orator and good researcher. Prof. N. K. Chakrabarti, Director, KIIT School of Law delivered the welcome address, while Dr. Sasmita Samanta proposed the vote of thanks.
All India Seminar on ‘Global Legal Education’, organized by Confederation of Indian Bar in association with KIIT University, was inaugurated by Hon’ble Shri Justice H. L. Dattu in the presence of Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha, Hon’ble Shri Justice Dipak Misra, Judge, Supreme Court of India and a host of legal luminaries at KIIT University, Bhubaneswar on August 8, 2015.
Shri Pranab Mukherjee, His Excellency the President of India was slated to inaugurate the seminar, but he could not make it due to unavoidable circumstances. His address, however, was delivered through and read out to the august gathering by the Chief Justice of India.
Law is the very foundation of a democratic society and legal education is of great significance in furthering the idea of a civilized nation-state rooted in the Rule of Law, the President of India observed.“The skill sets that the legal profession and the lawyers require in today’s time are very different from those earlier. Our future lawyers must now be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skill to think and act globally”, he noted. The concept of global legal education goes beyond international legal themes, Shri Mukherjee stressed, while asking law schools to focus on research.
“In the times we live, society continues to grow more and more complex. Changes in legal system reflect these changes”, the Chief Justice of India said in his inaugural address. India must produce world-class professionals and academicians to compete globally, he stated, while highlighting the need to have an international perspective in legal education. Exchange programme, low student-teacher ratio, partnerships with foreign universities and legal clinics are some of the methods which contribute to globalizing legal education, Shri Dattu elaborated. He congratulated Confederation of Indian Bar and KIIT University for organizing the seminar to discuss this very important issue.
Extending a warm welcome to the legal luminaries in Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik said that impact of globalization has necessitated changes in the existing laws. Globalization has posed challenges as well as created opportunities in the legal education in India, he added. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Justice Dipak Misra stated that such academic events are very beneficial for the law makers. As the world is becoming a ‘global village’, there is a need for a global legal education system, he said.
Shri Pravin H. Parekh, President, Confederation of Indian Bar delivered the opening address, while Prof. N. L. Mitra, Chancellor, KIIT University made the closing remarks. Shri S. P. Mishra, Advocate General, Odisha and Shri Rabindra Shrivastava, Vice President, Confederation of Indian Bar were also present on the occasion. The inaugural session was followed by plenary session chaired by senior Supreme Court of India Judge, Hon’ble Mr. Justice A. R. Dave.
Legal luminaries, academicians and practitioners from all over the country will continue deliberation on different aspects of the topic in 12 working sessions and valedictory session tomorrow. Each working session will be chaired by a judge of Supreme Court of India and co-chaired by Chief Justice or a senior judge of a High Court. Judges of the Supreme Court of India, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Madan B. Lokur, Hon'ble Mr. Justice M.Y. Eqbal, Hon'ble Mr. Justice V. Gopalagowda, Hon'ble Mr. Justice N.V. Ramana, Hon'ble Mr. Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose, Hon'ble Mr. Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri, Hon'ble Mr. Justice Shiva Kirti Singh and Hon'ble Mr. Justice Arun Mishra will chair 12 working sessions. Similarly, Hon’ble Chief Justices of High Courts of Chhattisgarh, Manipur, Sikkim, Madras, Jharkhand, Punjab & Haryana, Telangana & Andhra Pradesh and Gauhati will co-chair these sessions.
Hon’ble Shri Justice T.S. Thakur, the seniormost judge of the Supreme Court of India will preside over the valedictory session on August 9 in the presence of Hon’ble Shri Justice D. H. Waghela, Chief Justice, High Court of Orissa and Mr. D. V. Sadananda Gowda, Hon’ble Union Minister of Law & Justice, who will deliver the valedictory address.
More than 1100 advocate-delegates from all parts of the country, including 700 from Odisha, are participating in this mega law meet. An important objective of the Seminar is to provide a unique opportunity to the students of law as well as new entrants to the profession of direct interaction with national and international level legal luminaries, including judges of the Supreme Court of India and High Courts.
A two-day All India Seminar on ‘Global Legal Education’, being organized by Confederation of Indian Bar in association with KIIT University, will be held in KIIT University from August 8 – 9, 2015. Shri Pranab Mukherjee, His Excellency the President of India will inaugurate the Seminar in the presence of Dr. S. C. Jamir, His Excellency the Governor of Odisha, Hon’ble Shri Justice H. L. Dattu, Chief Justice of India, Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha, Hon’ble Shri Justice Dipak Misra, Judge, Supreme Court of India and a host of legal luminaries at KIIT University, Bhubaneswar on August 8, 2015 afternoon, Mr. Pravin H. Parekh, President, Confederation of Indian Bar and Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS informed in a press meet here on Thursday.
The growth of international trade and commerce and the movement of citizens globally along with the growth of economic, political, social and international interdependence of the citizens of different countries have necessitated the requirement of deliberation on the generally accepted principles and rules of international law. Legal luminaries, academicians and practitioners from all over the country will deliberate on different aspects of the topic in 12 working sessions and a plenary session, besides inaugural and valedictory sessions. More than 450 legal experts will be joining the discussion at KIIT. An important objective of this meet is to provide a unique opportunity to the students of law as well as new entrants to the profession of direct interaction with national and international level legal luminaries, including judges of the Supreme Court of India and High Courts.
Hon’ble Shri Justice T.S. Thakur, the seniormost judge of the Supreme Court of India will preside over the valedictory session on August 9 in the presence of Hon’ble Shri Justice D. H. Waghela, Chief Justice, High Court of Orissa and Mr. D. V. Sadananda Gowda, Hon’ble Union Minister of Law & Justice, who will deliver the valedictory address. Hon’ble Mr. Justice A. R. Dave, Judge, Supreme Court of India will chair the plenary session on August 8.
Each working session will be chaired by a judge of Supreme Court of India and co-chaired by Chief Justice or a senior judge of a High Court. Judges of the Supreme Court of India, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Madan B. Lokur, Hon'ble Mr. Justice M.Y. Eqbal, Hon'ble Mr. Justice V. Gopalagowda, Hon'ble Mr. Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose, Hon'ble Mr. Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri, Hon'ble Mr. Justice Shiva Kirti Singh, Hon'ble Mr. Justice N.V. Ramana and Hon'ble Mr. Justice Arun Mishra will chair 12 working sessions. Similarly, Hon’ble Chief Justices of High Courts of Chhattisgarh, Manipur, Sikkim, Madras, Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Punjab & Haryana, Telangana & Andhra Pradesh and Gauhati will co-chair these sessions.
Senior advocates of Bars, Vice Chancellors of Law Universities, legal experts, representatives of Bar Councils and Bar Associations of India, academicians and representatives from over 70 law firms of India and abroad will participate in the seminar, which provides a unique interface between the beginners and most experienced of the legal profession. Mr. Pravin H. Parekh, President, Confederation of Indian Bar and Professor N. L. Mitra, Chancellor, KIIT University will address the inaugural session.
Confederation of Indian Bar is a forum for integration and coordination of all the organizations of Bar as well as members of the legal profession in India to represent the National voice of the legal profession and all other related issues. KIIT has successfully organized many prestigious national and international meets like the 99th Indian Science Congress and National Children’s Science Congress, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS said, and added that it is a matter of great pride for KIIT University to be associated with Confederation of Indian Bar to host this mega national-level meet of law professionals.
KIIT Law School students won two National Moot Court Competitions recently. They won the first IP Markets IPR National Moot Court Competition 2015, organized by Osmania University, Hyderabad, held from 20-22 February and the 3rd Mahamana Malaviya National Moot Court Competition 2015, organized by Faculty of Law, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, from 27 February - 1 March.
In the former, Debottam Chattopdhyay, 3rd Year, Vivek Ayyagari, 4th Year, and Surath Bhattacharya, 4th Year, represented KIIT Law School. The team defeated NUALS Kochi, Osmania University, Hyderabad and SASTRA University, Thanjavur. In final round, KIIT Team defeated NUSRL Ranchi. KIIT was adjudged the best team and Debottam was declared as the best student advocate.
Similarly, in another success, the 4th year students of KIIT Law School including Monika Singh, Anubhav Dutta, Sangitesh Shivam won 3rd Mahamana Malaviya National Moot Court Competition. The team defeated ITMU, Gurgaon; UPES, Dehradun; WBNUJS, Kolkata and FYLC, Jaipur. In the finals, they defeated Pravin Gandhi College of Law, Mumbai. Total 22 teams participated in this competition from all over India including National Law Universities like WBNUJS, Kolkata and NUSRL, Ranchi, and some top private colleges like ILS, Pune.
One-day Seminar on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) was held at KIIT University on February 14, 2015. Organised by KIIT Law School in association with the National Insurance Company Limited, it was inaugurated by Hon'ble Mr. Justice Sudhansu Jyoti Mukhopadhaya, Judge, Supreme Court of India in the presence of Hon'ble Mr. Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose, Judge, Supreme Court of India, Hon'ble Mr. Justice Amitava Roy, Chief Justice, Orissa High Court, Hon'ble Mr. Justice P. K. Chattopadhyay, Judge, Calcutta High Court, Mr. S. C. Das, Chief Manager (Legal), NIC Ltd. and Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS.
Corporate houses earn their profits from the society so they have certain social responsibilities towards their stakeholders, workforce, their families and society at large, saidJustice Mukhopadhaya. They must discharge their responsibilities for the downtrodden sections of the society, he stated, informing that Companies Act has been amended by the Govt. of India to ensure this. As per the act, companies which do business in access of Rs. 1000 crore per annum and make profit of Rs. 5 crore per year must spend 2% of their average net profit on corporate social responsibility, he elaborated. Even though KIIT is not a corporate house, its authorities are providing free education, boarding, healthcare and food to 22,500 tribal children as its responsibility towards society, he noted with appreciation.
Justice Ghose said, CSR clause was incorporated in Companies Act in 2013 as it was felt that their role was necessary in development of society. Meaning of CSR is fluid, he said, explaining that it may include philanthropic activities, eradication of malnutrition, setting of old age home, orphanage, giving free health care to poor people, skill development programmes for rural poor, environmental sustainability, women empowerment and gender equity, rural development, disaster management, etc.
Justice Roy appreciated corporate social responsibility activities of KIIT. Earlier, introducing the topic, Justice Chattopadhyay said, CSR is a comparatively new idea in existing socio-economic milieu. Ploughing part of the corporate profit for social development brings harmony in the society, he stated. Law students, particularly, should be very well aware of the concept of corporate social responsibility, he suggested. Dr. Samanta expressed gratitude to the dignitaries and participants for visiting KIIT to deliberate upon this important subject. Social responsibility is one of the core philosophies of KIIT, rather than a fringe activity, he said.
Among others, Mr. S. C. Das, Prof. P. P. Mathur, VC, KIIT, Prof. N. K. Chakraborty, Director, KIIT School of Law and other legal luminaries also spoke on the occasion.