BEYOND ACADEMICS: STUDENT’S COMMITTEES
Glocal Law School is committed to provide an atmosphere in which academic excellence is the foremost priority for students. But the university also believes that what is learned from participation in extra-curricular activities is a necessary complement of academic training. In line with this view GLS promotes extra-curricular participation and has constituted the following student committees. These committees enable students to pursue individual interests and take part in various literary, cultural and recreational activities throughout the academic year.
1. Academic Support Committee
This committee facilitates learning in a peer environment. It conducts workshops and classes on communication skills, research methodologies, presentation styles, and answering methods. The Committee also organises special classes conducted by senior-year students on specific courses.
2. Seminar Committee
This committee organises seminars/talks by eminent persons on pressing and emerging issues as also presentations by students/faculty of the University. This committee is also responsible for the organisation of national/international seminar/conference to be conducted at, or on behalf of the University.
3. Library Committee
This committee assists in the affairs of the library. It is responsible for the library orientation of new students. It researches on the suitability of required databases and makes due suggestions. It also acts as a link between students and the library management. It ensures that the rules relating to library are upheld in letter and spirit.
4. Technology Committee
This committee oversees all technological and networking concerns of the University. It represents the interest of students in terms of website restrictions. It also assists in the updating of events on the University Website, designing of prospectus, posters and invitations for University events.
5. Disciplinary Committee
To maintain discipline in the campus, the university has constituted three different disciplinary committees i.e. University Disciplinary Committee (UDC), Student Disciplinary Committee (SDC), Hostel Disciplinary Committee (HDC). SDC and HDC are student’s disciplinary bodies. All regular matters related to discipline are handled by the SDC or HDC. UDC is not a permanent body but is constituted to handle particular cases. UDC enjoys jurisdiction in two cases, i.e. matters referred to it by HDC/SDC, or if the matter is of grave nature.
6. Sports Committee
Sports Committee is responsible for organising and overseeing all sporting events. Sporting activity provides necessary recreation for students and to provide avenues for the same is the job of this committee. It organises intra-university sport festivals and is looking to organise an annual inter-university event in the near future. It is also instrumental in the selection of teams that represent the university at events elsewhere.
7. Mess Committee
Mess Committee is an all student body responsible for the maintenance of standards in the preparation of food. It decides the menu keeping in mind student composition, for we have students from almost all parts of the country. Given the nature of its task – catering to such diverse culinary proclivities – the committee has been doing commendable job. Other than taste the committee also ensures that the food so served is hygienic and nutritious.
8. Literary and Debating Committee
The role of Literary and Debating Committee is not just limited to organizing debates and preparing students for them. It also organises writing workshops and conducts essay competitions. The committee holds informal seminars where students and faculty alike discuss topical issues, both legal and otherwise. It is as of now in the process of publishing a fortnightly literary review. The proposed publication will be wholly student run, with only a representative faculty member to provide censorship if required
9. Cultural Committee
All round progress and development is the cumulative parameter that sums up the end Glocal Law School strives for. The blend of imagination and art with a unique and innate style of expression is what culture is all about. The Cultural Committee is entrusted with the task of organising the university festival, and preparing and sending teams for festivals held elsewhere.
10. Placement and Internship Committee
A university is known from where its students get placement and at what package. Though this is not the most important criteria, nevertheless it’s one of the most important criteria to determine where a university stands. The knowledge of law does not only depend on class room studies but also from the practical knowledge from outside. The law graduates have to undergo internships so as to improve and sharpen their knowledge of law, adding a benefit to them. The Placement & Internship committee looks forward for more and better internships and finally better placements for the students of Glocal Law School so that the students and the university are benefited at the end of the day.
11. Legal Aid Clinic
Keeping in view its social obligations, Glocal Law School has established a Legal Services Clinic. Unlike most other law universities/schools, students here are encouraged to begin taking clinics and appearing in court during their initial years. The clinic uses all the methods and techniques of law for serving all those who do not have the means to hire a lawyer for consideration of their problem as well as for advice and action for appropriate relief. The clinic run by law students and teachers sends out the clear signal that none can be denied legal help on the sole ground that s/he cannot pay for it.
The clinic would draft and plead before administrative authorities and courts the prima facie cases of those mentioned under Section 12 of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987. The clinic would also have a help line for those in urgent need. Legal literacy, legal training workshops for the poor and poverty jurisprudence would be used by the clinic to ensure that the poor get their entitlements. We encourage all our students to take advantage of this unique opportunity to combine theory with practice, and many students take more than one clinic. In addition to more than a dozen clinics in the Legal Services Clinic, and the various projects undertaken by the University, a number of other centers and programmes also offer experiential learning opportunities. Simulation courses will also be offered in future in such areas as Client Counselling, Mediation and Negotiating Skills, Appellate Advocacy, Arbitration, Drafting, M&A Agreements etc.
12. GLS Moot Society
The Moot Society is arguably the most important society at GLS. A moot is a simulated court exercise where students get to hone their litigation skills. Real time skills cannot be taught in the classroom, and court internship aside, mooting is the one way for students to imbibe the skills of their chosen profession. In a short span of two years mooting has taken off in a big way at GLS. Under the tutelage of committed faculty members we now have a fairly active moot society which, aside from regularly conducting competitive internal moots, prepares teams for representation at moot competitions across the country. The GLS Moot Society regularly invites renowned “mooters” from India and abroad to acquaint students with the nitty-gritty of mooting. The society also conducts seminars within the university, members and students with mooting experience share their insights. Apart from organizing intra university challenger rounds, the moot society keeps track of moot events occurring in other universities. Our teams are now regulars at almost all the prestigious moots across the country. The moot society is at present working on modalities for hosting our own national moot competition, which is remarkable considering our fledgling existence.
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