Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Lavale Campus
Prof. Dr. S.B. Mujumdar is a visionary, who placed his reliance on the vedic thought “Vasudheva Kutumbhkam” (the world is one family) and with the vision of promoting international understanding through quality education, conceived the idea of ‘Symbiosis’. Today, with 44 academic institutions, ranging over 7 faculties – Law, Management, Computer Studies, Health & Bio-medical Sciences, Media, Communication & Design, Humanities & Social Sciences and Engineering, Symbiosis family is blooming. Recognizing the contribution of Symbiosis, in the year 2002, the Ministry of Human Resource Development conferred the ‘Deemed to be University’ status on Symbiosis. Symbiosis is host to over 32,000 Indian and International students on campus. Recently Symbiosis International University was re-accredited by UGC NAAC with ‘A’ Grade. The University has collaborations with several renowned universities of the world and encourages students & faculty exchange and participation in various academic and research programmes.
Symbiosis Law School, Pune is a constituent of Symbiosis International University and is one of the distinguished centers of legal education in the country. SLS, Pune was placed 9th in the 2018 National Institute Ranking Framework. It has over the years prominently featured in the top 10 Law colleges in the country. Bar Council has conferred SLS Pune with the gold star award in 2013. It is also conferred with the honour of being a core partner in the global network of legal institutes, the Erasmus Mundus, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) — a grant for bilateral Faculty student exchange with Leibniz University of Hannover, Brunswick European Law School of Ostfalia, University of Applied Sciences, Germany, membership of International Association of Law Schools (IALS), USA and Asian Law Institute, Singapore.
Established in 1977, SLS Pune in a journey of 40 years has achieved various milestones in teaching, learning and research. SLS Pune imparts high quality education through its various programmes such as B.A.LL.B (Honours), B.B.A LL.B (Honours), Three years LL.B, Master of Laws (LL.M), and different diploma programmes. SLS, Pune also facilitates the PhD coursework for the Faculty of Law, SIU.
Symbiosis Law School, Viman Nagar, Pune
Dr. Shashikala Gurpur, Director, Symbiosis Law School, Pune along with the students and faculty members of SLS, Pune
Symbiosis Law School, Pune encourages research and publications among faculty, students and peers and thus a separate centre called SCALSAR (Symbiosis Centre for Advanced Legal Studies and Research) has been established to facilitate the same. The Centre works in association with the Centre of Post-graduate Legal Studies (CPGLS). SCALSAR aims at creating and publishing knowledge, acts as a think tank to government, hosts scholars of residence, undertakes interdisciplinary legal studies and research projects, trains teachers and designs training modules. SCALSAR regularly conducts skills training programmes to groom the faculty and students in conducting research and publishing research in reputed and indexed journals. SCALSAR publishes Symbiosis Contemporary Law Journal (SCLJ) and Symbiosis Student Law Review (SSLR) through Lexis Nexis. SLS, Pune subscribes to the online databases, like Manupatra, SCC Online Case Finder, Westlaw, LexisNexis, Index to legal periodical, JSTOR, and other international databases like Kluwer Arbitration Online, Kluwer Patent Law Online, Kluwer Competition Law for research purposes. Several Research Projects including the recent capacity building project – EURASIA and the project on E-Courts advised by the eminent judges of Supreme Court of India is facilitated through SCALSAR.
ROLIC represents the point of arrival of Faculty of Law, SIU at maturity with own imprint in the world of legal research. The journey began with showcasing in-house research, building on research excellence within and as avenue for developing new ideas as well as updating research ideas with skills in 2012 as a national conference; grew into international participation by 2015. This has drawing on SIU’s new impetus to thrust areas, excellence centers and innovation. ROLIC is in keeping with lead research trends, addressing the need for own legal reality of India to be reflecting the need for narrowing the gap between the idea and reality of a rule of society. It is hoped that such discovery and rethinking will bring the legal community closer to serious soul searching to build a stronger rule of law in India, for, a great research must affirm life. It must measure the march of rule of law behaviour of a society and hence indicate the march of civilisation.
This year Symbiosis Law School, Pune presents the 7th International Annual Research Conference in this new format with the global theme ‘Rule of Law in Context: Indian & Global Perspectives’. It is an inter-disciplinary conference which emphasizes Law & Life Interface in the spheres of Innovation, Science, Technology, Human Behaviour, Global Policy and Governance. The conference over the years has endowed a strong platform to discuss, collaborate and explore diverse issues in the field of legal studies. It invites some of the great minds from within and outside India to share and discuss their ideas on contemporary research. For the very first time, the conference shall be held over the span of three days to which is specially designed to discuss and deliberate on various interdisciplinary thrust areas of SIU and core issues and suggest the way forward for the respect of Rule of Law. An important feature of the conference besides the plenary session will be ‘EURASIA – Panel Discussion on Common Challenges & Converging Perspectives: Rule of Law in Europe and Asia’.
Lighting of the Lamp at 6th Annual International Research Conference: (L to R) Dr. Shashikala Gurpur, Director, Symbiosis Law School, Pune; Dr. G.S. Bajpai, Professor and Registrar, National Law University, Delhi; Prof. Robert Ahdieh, Vice-Dean & K. H. Gyr, Prof. of Pvt. Int. Law, Director, Center on Federalism &Intersystemic Governance, Emory Law School, Atlanta, Georgia;Dr. T. R. Subramanya, Professor, WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata.
Prof. Kris Gledhill, Professor, Director of Post Graduate Programmes, Director of Clinical Legal Education, AUT Law School, Auckland, New Zealand giving the concluding remarks at the 6th Edition of the Annual Research Conference (2017)