The School of Business and Law organised a National Seminar on Law and Social Transformation at Navrachana University. The inaugural function of the seminar was attended by Justice Kalpesh Satyendra Jhaveri, former Judge of Gujarat High Court and Chief Justice Retired, Odisha High Court and Professor Shantakumar, Director Gujarat National Law University.
The valedictory function was attended by Ashutosh Rajpathak, Full time Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, Vadodara. Highlighting on the theme of the seminar, Justice Jhaveri, who was also the chief guest for the event, gave a brief introduction of different legislations which have been enacted to eradicate social evils. Justice Jhaveri also made a historical inquiry into different events that shaped the landscape of social welfare laws in India.
Prof Santhakumar, who was also the guest of honour gave the Keynote address on the theme of the seminar. While emphasising on the need for change, Prof Santhakumar cautioned that change cannot be made abruptly and some balance is needed to maintain the social and legal equilibrium. He observed that the law has capacity to responded to situations of social need, depending on how we use it.
The Provost of Navrachana University, Prof Nilay Yajnik, talked about the potential of law in bringing about not only social changes but also technological revolutions and how both law and technology could be joined together for social betterment. Dr Sujata Patil, the principal of Law Section, School of Business and Law also emphasised on the potential of law to bring about social transformation and how law should be forever equipped to deal with changing times and circumstances.
Ashutosh Rajpathak who was the speaker at the valedictory session, emphasised on the need of legal aid to overcome existing social evils. Observing that better legal education could be the solution to some of our existing social problems, he emphasised on the role of legal education and legal aid clinics to make productive changes in this regard.
The seminar was the first of its kind organised by the Law Section, School of Business and Law and received huge response from all over India. Over 50 articles were submitted which were divided into three categories based on different criteria. There were three winners for each category. The winners were Prachi Tripathi, Dr Manisha Banik, Satyamsingh Rathod and Simran Soni in different categories.
The function also marked the official signing of an MOU between Gujarat National Law University and School of Business and Law, Navrachana University. The program was brought to an end with a vote of thanks and national anthem.