Interviews

Mr. Nikhil Naren, 4th year student of SLS Noida received Pre-Placement offer (PPO) from Scriboard, [Advocates and Legal Consultants], New Delhi as ‘Trainee Advocate’. He has been interviewed by Ms. Akanksha Vishnoi who is also a student ambassador of EBC/SCC Online.

1. Tell us something about yourself.
Well, I chose Legal Studies out of my own choice despite studying PCM at the +2 Level. I am mostly curious about everything and I think this is one such area where things (laws) are open for interpretations. Apart from my interest in Learning the Law, I have keen interest towards Photography, Cricket, Cars, Music, Travelling and Food. I keep on discovering new things about myself too!

2. How do you feel about getting a Pre-Placement Offer from Scriboard [Advocates and Legal Consultants], New Delhi?
Of Course it feels great! I hope that I do justice with this opportunity which has come to me owing to the fact that I am only in my 7 th Semester of Law School. I am also very excited and enthusiastic about starting this new phase of life!

3. When did you realize your passion for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Laws?
I have always been keen towards technology. Also with the advent of Digitization in India I really think of it as an emerging field with increase in disputes and need for proper laws to come to place. I completed my Diploma in Cyber Laws from Government Law College, Mumbai in my 2nd Year itself. My interest developed in Intellectual Property during my internship at Scriboard. I have recently completed a certification course on Intellectual Property and Competition Law from FICCI, New Delhi.

4. Did you receive the PPO unexpectedly or were you expecting the same?
I interned at Scriboard for four months before landing up with the PPO. I just kept on working without expectations because my prime focus was on the Learning part. Though, Rodney Sir and I started having a good bonding as time passed by and somewhere I thought I could get an opportunity to work with the firm. So yes, I expected it sooner or later.

5. How should one plan his/her internships?
I believe that one should have a clear approach towards his/her interest area by the time they are done with 5 semesters at the Law School. Till then you can go by the trial and error method. That’s the time when one should take up new things and analyze if it interest’s that person. This could only be achieved by the means of internships. Initial internships should be done at the District Courts to get hold of the procedural laws followed by High Courts/Supreme Court. I guess, fourth semester would be the correct time to intern at boutique law firms if one does not want to go for litigation. Lastly, what one should keep in their mind is to build their CV in a way that the CV speaks of their interest in front of the recruiter and not their mouth.

6. What are your plans 5 years down the line?
I have yet not decided on that to be honest because I am just entering into a new phase of life! Let me settle first. Though, I would like to definitely see myself doing something innovative and interesting in the field of Information Technology Laws and endeavor to make discussions, readings, competitions on Intellectual Property Laws and Information Technology Laws accessible to the society on a common platform.

7. Do you think internships are important than academics?
Everything carries it’s own importance. Without knowing the theory, application is not possible. Internships certainly make you industry ready. If you know what area of law interest’s you, read the theory and start doing internships. Internships introduces you to the application based aspect of the subject matter. On the other hand if one aims for Judicial Services examinations or Administrative Services or an LL.M they should focus more on academics. It depends on one’s priority. Nonetheless to say, no learning goes waste!

Conference/Seminars/LecturesLaw School News

The Training and Placement Cell, Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA in collaboration with I-PAC (Indian Political Action Committee) has organised an interactive session on ‘Mahatma Gandhi’s 18-Point Constructive Programme – Indian Politics and Role of Youth’ on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm.

Gandhiji’s Constructive Programme: Most of us know of Gandhiji as the man who led our struggle for freedom from British rule. But did you also know that while fighting for political independence, he was also wanting to prepare the people for a new and just social order so that Independence, when it came, would be “complete”. In other words, his was a struggle for Poorna (or complete) Swaraj for all irrespective of their caste, class or religion. This meant building up or constructing the nation from its smallest unit (consisting of self reliant individuals living in independent self reliant communities) upwards, through nonviolent and truthful means.

To make political independence more meaningful, there were certain weaknesses in the Indian social structure which needed to be strengthened. Conflicts between different religious groups (mainly Hindus and Muslims), untouchability, fear arising out of ignorance, economic disparities, decaying condition of our villages, the plight of adivasis, kisans and the labourers, and the position of women were areas of major concern. In a small booklet, entitled Constructive Programme: its meaning and place, which he wrote on the train from Sevagram to Bardoli, he appealed to all Congressmen and others engaged in the freedom struggle to address these issues.

The original thirteen items were: Communal Unity, Removal of Untouchability, Prohibition, Khadi, Village Industries, Village Sanitation, Nai Talim or Basic Education, Adult Education, Women, Knowledge of Health and Hygiene, Provincial languages, National Language and Economic Inequality. To this, he added five more items: Kisans, Labour, Adivasis, Lepers and Students.

The 18 point constructive programme thus became his framework for the new India he wished to see after Swaraj. Seventy two years after independence, do you think that they still have any meaning for us? (Source: Everyone’s Gandhi-Chapter 28: Gandhiji’s Constructive Programme, Editor Rita Roy available online at http://www.gandhiashramseva gram.org/short-stories-for- everyone/chapter-28- constructive-programme-of- gandhiji.php) by Gandhi Sevagram Ashram, Vardha (Maharashtra-India) Founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936)

Resource Persons:

Mr. Akbar Khan, Senior Associate & Campaign Strategy Consultant at I-PAC (Indian Political Action Committee)

Mr. Akbar has done BBA (2009-12) from Annamali University, Kerala; Diploma in Marketing (2012) from London Chamber of Commerce; and International Master of Business Administration (MBA) from IE Business School, Madrid (2016-17). Mr. Akbar prior to his association with I-PAC was associated with: Bentley Motors at Ahmed Zayani & Sons, Bahrain as Sales and Marketing Coordinator (May 2012-August 2016); Asnaam Contracting, Bahrain as Sales Co-ordinator (January 2009 – April 2012).

Mr. Angad Singh, Campaign Associate at I-PAC (Indian Political Action Committee)

Mr. Angad Singh has done B.Com. (Hons) from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi (2014-17). Mr. Angad Singh, prior to his association with I-PAC was associated as intern with: United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) ( January 2018 – March 2018); Public Policy Research Centre (November-December 2017).

Mr. Robin Sharma, National Campaigns Team, I-PAC (Indian Political Action Committee) 

Mr. Robin Sharma has done B.A.,L.L.B (Hons.) from National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University, Hyderabad (2013-2018). Mr. Robin’s areas of interest include Project Management, Strategic Planning, Research, Criminal Law and Contract Law.

Date and time: August 14, 2018: 10:00am – 11:30am

Venue: Seminar Hall, Third Floor, Academic Block, Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA

Contact persons: Dr. Meenakshi Kaul, Assistant Professor & Head – HR and Training, Training and Placement

Mr. Siddharth Kanojia, Assistant Professor & Head – Placement, Training and Placement

Ms. Pallavi Mishra, Assistant Professor & Head – Internship, Training and Placement

Email: hr@symlaw.edu.in

AchievementsLaw School News

It is a matter of great pride that Mr. Saptarko Biswas, Alumnus – Batch 2013-18, Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA received the DAAD Full Scholarship to pursue LLM in European and International Law at Saarland University, Germany from October 2018. As part of the scholarship, he will also be attending a two-month German language course at Goethe Institut, Göttingen, Germany (August – September, 2018).

After the first round of online application, he was shortlisted for an interview by three panelists – one Law Professor from an Indian University, one Law Professor from a German University, and one member of the DAAD. After an elaborate interview, he was finally selected for the scholarship.

Mr. Saptarko was a mooter, singer and member- Training and Placement Cell during his studentship at Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA.

Conference/Seminars/LecturesLaw School News

Mooting is an engaging and challenging co-curricular activity in law school. Requiring application of legal provisions and principles to hypothetical fact situation, mooting helps inculcate research, drafting and advocacy skills. With a view to broadening the perspective of budding pleaders and researchers towards mooting at Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA, the college brings to students a series of three workshops. Moot Court Society, Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA has organsied series of workshops as follows:

1. August 04, 2018 (Title – Introduction to Mooting – Mr. Arunadhri Iyer);

2. August 11, 2018 (Research for and Drafting of Memorials – Mr. Edupunganti Shreyas); and

3. August 18, 2018 (Pleading – Ms. Jayashree Parihar).

This endeavour is to introduce students to culture and expectations of mooting.

First Workshop will be conducted by Mr. Arunadhri Iyer, Advocate, the Supreme Court of India on August 4, 2018 from 01:30 pm – 04:30 pm. It has two sessions:

Session 1 – An introduction to Mooting –Seeks to discuss about the basics, as well as finer nuances of mooting. The workshop aims at being accessible for both beginners as well as experts. While a basic understanding of what moot courts may help before you attend it, the workshop aims at discussing all the steps, skills and discipline expected of a mooting team and

Session 2 – An Introduction to Drafting and Formatting –The workshop aims at dissecting the magic sauce that goes into a well researched, well presented (and pretty looking) memorial. It will introduce the concept of a memorial, and discuss the steps to take (and avoid) in making a memorial for a moot.

About the Resource Person: Mr. Arunadhri Iyer, Advocate, Supreme Court of India

Mr. Iyer is an Advocate practicing primarily in the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court of India. Formerly Mr. Iyer has worked with Khaitan & Co, Mumbai, with Mr. Gautam Narayan, AOR, and was a Law Clerk in the Delhi High Court. He practices primarily in civil and commercial matters, as well as arbitrations.  Mr. Iyer is avid mooter and has successfully represented Symbiosis Law School, Pune in various national and international moot court competitions. He has a continuing relationship with mooting and Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA.

 Schedule 

Workshop on Introduction to Mooting – August 04, 2018

 Session

 Title

 Time

 1

 Introduction to Mooting

 01:30 pm – 02:30 pm

 2

An Introduction to Drafting and Formatting

 02:45 pm – 04:30 pm

 

 

 

 

 

Conference/Seminars/LecturesLaw School News

Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA in collaboration with Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. conducted ‘Seminar on Recent Developments in Arbitration Regime in India’ on July 14, 2018. 

Resource Persons included:

Mr. Surjendu Sankar Das, Partner, Dispute Resolution, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co.;

Ms. Trishala Kulkarni, Associate, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co.;

Ms. Yashna Mehta, Associate, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co.;

Mr. Arpit Gupta, Legislative Assistant to a Member of Parliament (LAMP) Fellowship Participant and

Former Associate, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co.;

Mr. Manik Sachdeva, Associate, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co.;

Mr. Nishant Doshi, Associate, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co.

Law School NewsOthers

Symbiosis Centre of Health Care (SCHC) conducts Blood Donation drive every year on the occasion of International Students Day, July 31. This year the event is being organised on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at all campuses of Symbiosis.

Social Welfare Cell of Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA has teamed up with Symbiosis Centre of Health Care in organisation of the ‘Blood Donation Drive’ for this year at NOIDA from 09:00am – 04:00pm. The venue is ‘Group Activity Hall’, First Floor, Recreation and Wellness Centre (RWC), Symbiosis International (Deemed University), NOIDA Campus. It is our earnest appeal to everyone to come forward and donate blood.

Last year, the total number of blood units collected at all Symbiosis campuses was 1746. The institute is thankful to the students and staff members for the support extended in the past in making the event a grand success.

Lapel Pin for every blood donor & name of donor on scroll: Individuals who will donate blood will be presented with a small token of appreciation in the form of a lapel pin from SCHC. Names of the donors will be displayed on a commemorative scroll at the individual institutes

Rolling Trophy to your institute: As a token of appreciation, a rolling trophy shall be presented to the Head of the institute contributing maximum number of donors proportionate to the total strength of the Institute.

Conference/Seminars/LecturesLaw School News

Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA and the Outreach and Training Division of the Centre for Civil Society, New Delhi (CCS Academy) collaborated to conduct a Three day Certification Course on Public Policy, called “ipolicy” on July 20-22, 2018 . The Course focused on liberal approaches to public policy, aspects of individual liberty and institutional accountability.  

Over the past several years, CCS Academy has the privilege of conducting the said programs in leading Indian colleges like IIM Ahemdabad, FMS, IIT-Delhi, IIT Madras, IIT Mumbai, ISB-Hyderabad, Delhi School of Economics, National Law School-Bangalore, St Stephens-Delhi and St Xaviers-Mumbai, to name a few.

The resource person for the course were Mr. Parth J. Shah, President, Centre for Civil Society,  Mr. Shubho Roy,Legal Consultant, National Institute of Publica Finance and Policy (NIPFP) and Mr. Yugank Goyal, Founding Faculty Member, O P Jindal Global University

About the resource persons

Mr. Parth J. Shah, President, Centre for Civil Society 

Mr. Parth’s research and advocacy work focus on the themes of economic freedom (law, liberty and livelihood campaign), choice and competition in education (fund students, not schools), property rights approach for the environment (terracotta vision of stewardship), and good governance (new public management and the duty to publish). He has published extensively in international and Indian journals, on various topics from currency regulation to education policy. He holds a PhD in Economics from Auburn University, and taught at the University of Michigan.

Mr. Shubho Roy, Legal Consultant, National Institute of Publica Finance and Policy (NIPFP)

Mr. Shubho is a Legal Consultant at National Institute of Public Finance and Policy. He is a member of the research team for the Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission. This involves research support to one of the largest legislative redrafting projects India has undertaken to revamp the regulation of the financial sector. Previously, he has served as a law clerk to a judge at the Supreme Court of India.

Mr. Yugank Goyal, Founding Faculty Member, O P Jindal Global University 

Mr. Yugank Goyal received his Ph.D. in Economics and Law from University of Hamburg, Erasmus University Rotterdam and University of Bologna as Erasmus Mundus Fellow. He has an LL.M. from University of Manchester and Bachelor of Technology from NIT Surat, India.

Mr. Yugank is a founding faculty member of OP Jindal Global University. In addition to helping establish the University, he spearheaded several institution building initiatives, including designing curriculum and academic policies of the University in its formative stage. Between 2009 and 2012, Mr. Yugank was the Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean (Research & International Collaborations) at Jindal Global Law School. In his capacity as Assistant Dean, he cultivated research architecture of the law school and led its collaboration with world’s leading law schools and think tanks around the world.

AchievementsLaw School News

Dr. Neeti Shikha, Associate Professor, Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA has received full scholarship to attend the Course on Private International Law at The Hague Academy and has been invited to attend the said course as ‘Hague Scholar’. The course will take place at Hague from July 30 – August 17, 2018. The scholarship earned by Dr. Neeti Shikha  is very competitive and she is the only Indian to have been granted with full scholarship for the said course.