Sunil Kumar Cyriac
Legal education, equips law students for filling different roles in society and discharging various law jobs, the range and scope of which are ever expanding in the modern democratic society e.g. as policy-makers, administrators, lawyers, negotiators, mediators, arbitrators, law teachers, industrial entrepreneurs etc. In modern India, it is to be realized that legal education must have breadth, depth and width. It is the crucial function of legal education to produce lawyers with a social vision and mission in a developing country like India. Law has to serve as a vehicle of economic and social change in a developing society and that democracy and respect for law and rule of law will be strengthened in India by promoting legal education and research in law. Lawyers play a very active role in rebuilding the Indian polity.
While recognizing legal education as an important constituent of professional education the National Knowledge Commission emphasized that the vision should be to provide justice-oriented education essential to the realization of values enshrined in the Indian Constitution. Legal education must prepare professionals equipped to meet the new challenges and dimensions of internationalization, where the nature and organization of law and legal practice are undergoing a paradigm shift. It has also emphasized the need for original and path breaking legal research to create new legal knowledge and ideas that will help meet these new challenges in a manner responsive to the needs of the country and ideals and goals of our Constitution.
Keeping the above mentioned goals and objectives, the School of Indian Legal Thought was established in 1989 as a regular teaching department of Mahatma Gandhi University.The School provides for an integrated program of legal education consisting of BBA.LLB(Hons.), 3 Year LLB,LLM and Ph.D Courses..Exclusive specializations are offered in Human Rights, Constitutional and Administrative Law,Criminal Law at the LLM level and special focus is given in the curriculum on Indian Legal Thought
The new scholarship, in our Law Schools seeks to investigate the social contexts of law, the variables which may affect the working of institutions and the behaviour of persons in law roles or the impact of particular laws on society or similar issues. This kind of development-oriented socio-legal research calls for new perceptions about law, new methods to formulate questions for investigation and to acquire and evaluate data, and interdisciplinary collaboration - a new approach to research, which looks at social problems from many perspectives, not simply a legal one.
The emergence of Information Technologies has facilitated widespread privatization of Governmental functions in welfare administration, health, education, finance, business, industries etc. Digitalisation of the world provides time space for increased and voluminous solidarity among the legal fraternity.
Bio-technologies, united in the pursuit of reductionist life sciences- where life is no more than information open to techno-science codification, manipulation and diverse techniques of mutation and reproduction fall into several domains of law and technology.
The belief that biotechnology provides unprecedented vistas of human progress is not just media hype; its practitioners, in all parts of the world, live by it. The School of Indian Legal Thought invariably keeps in mind the above-mentioned advances in techno-science while formulating curriculum and promoting research, pedagogic skills and ideology. These developing technologies will be addressed by the School.