Hon'ble Mr. Justice Vijender Jain, Chief
Justice inaugurates the "Center for Advance Studies in Criminal Law" RGNUL
Patiala, February 21st, 2007
Hon'ble Mr. Justice Vijender Jain, Chief Justice, Punjab & Haryana
High Court today inaugurated the Center for Advance Studies in Criminal
Law at Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law at Patiala. Addressing the students of Rajiv Gandhi National University
of law on the occasion, the Chief Justice, who is also the university
chancellor, said today the number of people living below the poverty line
was more than 30 crore, 5 crore less than the country's population in
The Country had failed to solve problems as it had adopted western models. "The education system introduced by British was not for the
betterment of the country, but for serving their objectives," Justice Jain
said. There was need for a system derived from country's rich heritage.
With the spread of education, lawyers would have a tough job at hands.
Increase in awareness would lead to greater litigation, Chief Justice
said. The university should not only produce lawyers, but good humans as
well so that they participate in nation-building, the CJ said.
Hon'ble the Chief Justice was addressing the first batch of 80 students at
the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law on the university campus here
today. He was accompanied by Punjab and Haryana High Court Judges
Mr.Justice M.M.S. Bedi and Mr.Justice M.M.Kumar.
Hon'ble the Chief Justice whose judgments on intellectual property rights
have been extensively reported in the media, said there were as many as
2.66 crore cases at various levels in Indian courts. In the next 10 years,
this figure would record an upward surge, he added. The development was a
pointer to the fact that the "people of India were becoming more and more
aware of their constitutional rights".
Terming the students of the first lot of the university as torchbearers,
he said now it was their turn to become topnotch legal experts in their
respective fields and make their alma mater proud of their achievements.
The Chief Justice, who has also taken part in various conferences on
international law, said it was a positive sign that in its first year, all
80 seats available with the university were filled.
Hon'ble the Chief Justice exhorted the students to maintain a high-level
of excellence. "If you can sustain yourself for five years, I am confident
that you can become good legal experts," he added.
He also declared Socrates House as the best among the four Houses in a
competition held by students of the university. The other Houses which
took part in the competition were Plato, Aristotle and Marx.
also gave away prizes to students who have attained academic excellence.