Report by OD bureau; Cuttack: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the state government is committed to provide all required infrastructure to National Law University, Odisha. He said this while addressing inaugural function of the new campus of National Law University, Odisha.
Full text of Speech of Hon’ble Chief Minsiter at Law University
I am delighted to be here today to attend the inaugural function of the new campus of National Law University, Odisha. On this occasion, I extend my warm greetings to all the students and faculty of this University and all the distinguished guests present here today.
Our long cherished dream of establishing a National Law University in Odisha has become a reality. As you know the National Law University Odisha Act was passed in August 2008. It has been a long and interesting journey since then. I congratulate all of you for having made our dream a reality.
This National Law University will turn out people who will be highly skilled in undertaking any of the activities which a professional lawyer is supposed to do in the modern context. Many of the National Law Universities ( NLUs) which have come up in other states like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Rajasthan have set very high standards in legal education. NLUs have also proved to be extremely popular among young boys and girls which is seen from the large turnout of students appearing for the CLAT entrance exams every year. The demand for young lawyers is increasing in India as well as abroad. We need good quality legal service.
A number of law graduates of this university will be recruited by law firms. Young lawyers may also set up their own firms. Many of you will be joining the Judicial Services and serve the State and country with distinction. That was one of the original objectives of having National Law Universities. I also hope that some of you will practice law in our State of Odisha.
I am very happy to note that this university is different from other Law Universities. It aims to set up specialized centres in ‘Mining Law’, ‘Energy Law’, ‘Food Law’ etc. I am sure this National Law University will be able to stress upon the areas of law that have not yet been explored by other law schools. I am also happy to know that the LL.M course is being introduced from the session 2012-13.
Our Government is committed to provide all required infrastructure to the University. Rs.78 crore has already been placed with this university and during this financial year, budget provision has been made for infrastructure development.
I am glad that the University has its focus on ‘justice studies’ rather than ‘traditional legal studies’. I look forward to the realization of this goal. NLU Cuttack must strive to raise the bar for legal education in the country. I am sure this university will be a leading law school of the country and bring glory to the state.
I wish all of you good luck in your endeavours.