August,30,2015: Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information and Broadcasting was the Chief Guest at National Law University's third annual convocation held today. Also in attendance were judges of the Delhi High Court – Chief Justice and Chancellor of the University Justice G Rohini, and Justices Ravindra Bhat and Gita Mittal.
According to a press release, Jaitley highlighted the fact that youngsters today have great opportunities to reach top positions, whereas in the past, only people above their fifties would be found at the top. Jaitley, a lawyer himself, said that only those who have calibre and quality could succeed in the legal profession. He was also quoted as saying,
“It is not possible [for anyone] to achieve success based on the name and fame of their forefathers…”
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said that there was a need for huge manpower in legal academics and the best minds from the legal profession should come forward to join the judiciary.
Jaitley, while speaking at the occasion, said fresh minds are required while drafting legislation in tune with the modern trends.
“We need a huge manpower in legal academics. When we draft legislations in tune with modern trends, traditional minds are not being able to produce it,” he said.
Addressing the gathering, the Minister said there was also a need that the best from the legal profession join the judiciary.
“Not only you need the best to join the legal profession, from the legal profession, you will need the best to join the bench. Because if the best do not join the bench, that itself creates pressure and handicaps the system,” he said.
Jaitley noted that in law, traditional areas of family disputes, land disputes, have been now replaced by those like international trade, taxation, and intellectual property.
Addressing the students, he said in today’s competitive world, things like family, surname, hereditary or lineage would not matter but people would watch the quality and caliber.
He also suggested to the students that there was no geographical limitation in the context of career opportunities.
Justice G Rohini conferred the degrees to 67 successful students of BALLB (Hons.), 21 students of LLM & three Ph.D scholars. A total of 24 gold medals and 4 prizes were awarded to the under-graduates. Out of these, six gold medals and one prize were bagged by Punya Verma. Sarvatrajit Singh Jajmann was awarded four gold medals and one prize.
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