SEEKING GOVERNOR’S ATTENTION

The government had far back come up with the idea of establishing a National Law University in J&K which undoubtedly was a very good initiative and at that stage  the seriousness of the government could be well guessed from the fact that soon after announcing this initiative a high-level state delegation led by then Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs visiting the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) in Bangalore and National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) in Hyderabad for observing their functioning and replicate an institution on similar lines here. However since long no further development is visible and one wonders whether the idea has been lost in the din of Valley violence and high political melodrama in the state? The people of the state have the right to know about the progress on the project that was initiated with great hype and fanfare and seems to have vanished into blue.  Primarily there was a need to improve the standard of the already existing institutions of legal education in the state. Analysis of the performance of the Law schools and colleges in the state has no success story to narrate. Except a couple of private colleges no law college has optimum facilities for the students. The exploitation of faculty members by those ruling the roost in the legal education institutions is an open secret. The performance of the students in almost all the law institutions can be best judged by the results these institutions deliver but unfortunately enough; these results also present a very dismal picture. In such a scenario the significant question that arises is that wasn’t the urgency to transform the existing legal education institutions of the state into temples of excellence more important than establishing a National Law University? The University of Jammu has been in news a number of times for the alleged incompetence of its administration as a result of which the UGC had reportedly at one stage even blocked huge funds meant for this University. The Central Universities having been already established in Kashmir as well as Jammu, the one in Jammu has still not initiated any move to start its institute of legal studies. It would be much better if the government first takes the initiative of improving the standard of the existing Legal Education Institutions in the state be it those run directly by the Universities or in the private sector. This is no difficult task. The Government should constitute a committee to devise a result oriented strategy to transform these institutions into centres of excellence. While the people are still unaware about the fate of the proposed National Law University in the state it is hoped that the incumbent Governor SP Malik who has been taking the most significant decisions  in the SAC during his brief stint till date, will intervene into the issue for pacing up initiatives in the direction of establishing of National Law University in the state besides ensuring that significant measures are taken to transform the already existing institutions of legal education into temples of excellence.