The Law Department of the Faculty of Legal Studies of the Central University of Kashmir, in collaboration with the Ganderbal District Legal Services Authority, inaugurated the Legal Aid Clinic, commemorating “Azadi ka Amrit Mahaotsov”.
On this occasion, the guest of honor of the function, the honorable judge Ali Mohammad Magray, judge, High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and executive chairman of the State Legal Services Authority inaugurated the Legal Aid Clinic in the presence of Professor Mehraj ud Din Mir. , vice-chancellor, CUK.
The Honorable (Mr.) Judge Ali Mohammad Magray, in his keynote address, explained to the audience how these legal institutions can be used to provide quality legal aid service to society. He said the Indian Bar Council has requested all Indian law schools and universities to establish and operate legal aid centers or clinics. “The idea is to meet certain standards of legal education, but more importantly, it also aims to inspire students to serve their community by promoting legal awareness through these clinics and legal aid programs. He stressed the importance of involving students in the provision of legal services to the poor and vulnerable segments of society and underlined the importance of the role of law students in their personal and professional life. He also shared his experience as a pro bono student and as a judge and congratulated the university fraternity for such an initiative.
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Mehraj Din Mir, in his presidential address, spoke about the contribution of legal aid clinics to protecting the rights of prisoners and how they can empower a large, marginalized and vulnerable population. He said legal awareness is the first step towards rapid and efficient access to justice. While highlighting the canvas of Legal Services Authorities in India and in particular in the J&K, he gave a brief presentation of the various related programs.
Professor Farooq Ahmad Mir, Dean of the School of Legal Studies, welcomed the dignitaries and other guests. Expressing concern about the various socio-legal problems of the elderly in the country, he gave a full statistical description of the plight of the elderly in our country and impressed that these legal aid clinics would serve as protectors for them.
Registrar Prof. Ms. Afzal Zargar, Ms. Shazia Tabassum, PDSJ, Ganderbal, Prof. Fayaz A. Nikka, Head of Finance, Ms. Tabasum Wani, Secretary, DLSA, Ganderbal, M. Muzaffar, ADC, G’bl, M. Nikhil, (IPS) SSP, G’bl and faculty members were present.
The program was organized by Dr Mudasir Bhat and Dr Yasir Latif Handoo. Assistant professors, at SLS, CUK. The program was moderated by Ms. GulAfroz Jan and Mr. Hilal Ahmad Najar moved the vote of thanks.