JALUKBARI, March 25 - The permanent campus of the National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam was inaugurated today at Amingaon.
The inaugural ceremony was attended by dignitaries including Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, judges of the Supreme Court Justice J Chelameswar, Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre and Justice Amitava Roy along with the Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court Justice Ajit Singh, other judges of the High Court, State Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia and other distinguished guests.
Prof JS Patel, Vice Chancellor of the university in his welcome address recalled the contributions from all the stakeholders in building the university including the former chancellors, vice chancellors and registrars of the university.
Justice Hrishikesh Roy of the Gauhati High Court and chairman of the construction committee of the National Law University, Assam, highlighted the importance of the permanent campus for proper development of the legal intelligentsia amongst the students in particular and the greater north-eastern region in general.
Chief Justice Ajit Singh of the Gauhati High Court and Chancellor of the university in his speech said, �Today we have taken a step forward by inaugurating the new campus. It�s a small step, and I believe that this bold and firm step would enable us to run in the near future and make this university able to match its pace with other universities across the country in the marathon of teaching and learning.�
Justice J Chelameswar, a former chancellor of the university talked to the students and the audience at large about the importance of developing analytical skills for further discourse in the legal field. He further said, �We live in a democratic country, but I believe that democracy has not taken roots completely in this country. In terms it is a democracy, but in content it is still struggling to be really democratic.�
Chief Minister Sonowal, while addressing the august gathering brought to the notice of all that the time has come to instill legal awareness amongst the common masses as it is still a luxury for the educated few. He also reiterated the unflinching support of the government to institutions like the National Law University, Assam in achieving such a dream.
In his vote of thanks Chief Secretary Pipersenia acknowledged the contributions from all the three wings of democracy � Judiciary, Executive and Legislature � in coming together and creating history in the form of establishing a one-of-its-kind legal education centre in North East India, the National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam.