By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 8 Dec: A ‘Legal Aid cum Legal Awareness Camp’ was organized by the ‘Legal Aid Cell and ADR Association’ of the UPES School of Business (SoB) in collaboration with the District Legal Authority, Dehradun for the benefit of the residents of village Dunga (Prem Nagar) Dehradun. The camp held at the Panchayat Bhavan of Village Dunga was based on the theme of “Children Rights: Child Education Rights”. Former District Judge & Registrar General of the High Court, Uttarakhand – V. K. Maheshwari presided over the Camp as the Chief Guest. Ramesh Singh (Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Dehradun), Vivek Srivastava (Civil Judge – Sr. Division, District Court Dehradun) and Advocate Ashish Chakravarty of the District Court, Dehradun as special guests and Dr. Tabrez Ahmad, Dean – School of Law, UPES were among the other prominent attendees.
Briefing the media, Arun Dhand – Sr. Director, Public Affairs shared that the camp was held as part of the endeavor of the Legal Aid Cell – School of Law, UPES to assist the residents of its adjoining villages with their legal issues while also emphasizing on their rights from time to time. “The agenda of this camp was oriented & structured on propagating the fundamental right of child’s education” Dhand shared. The camp was attended by a large number of faculty & student of the School of Law along with the student members of the Legal Aid Cell.
Welcoming the Chief Guest & other guests, Dr. Tabrez shared the primary objectives of the camp amongst the gathering and sensitized them about the ‘Child’s Right to Education’. In his address, Dr. Radheshyam Prasad, Asso. Professor & Faculty Coordinator – Legal Aid Cell & ADR Association spoke on the importance of child’s education and apprised them of the functioning of the Legal Aid Cell – School of Business. “The Legal Aid Cell has been established to provide appropriate legal aid & awareness to all the local residents without any charges for the same. The Cell is functional every Tuesday & Thursday at the Kandoli Campus of the University and welcomes anyone in need of legal aid to visit for consultation & guidance” Dr. Radheshyam shared with the villagers. The Cultural Committee
Thereafter, a skit by the cultural committee on the “Child Education & its Importance” caught major attention of the gathering. The theme of the skit revolved around eradicating financial indifferences in the life of children, categorically when basic preliminary education is concerned. The dramatization of the ‘guaranteed right to education’ was well acknowledged by the attendees who consisted mostly of the rural folk and kids. The skit also emphasized on how materialistic corruption in our educational system hampers the upbringing of children that can be remedied with the presence of proper legal awareness amongst the people on the matter. The skit also portrayed the vital pivotal role played by the parents in a child’s education & personality development. The committee members then interacted with the villagers and addressed their problems offering their legal advices on the same. Later on, the committee distributed free books on the common laws & their practical implementation in the society to the attendees and served them refreshments. In his speech, the Chief Guest advised the gathering to present their matter pertaining to injustices to the court for remedy. He also emphasized upon the importance of education for development of self, family & the nation. Among the other guests, Mr. Vivek Srivastava shared various experiences of vulnerable persons in the society viz. care of the elderly, condition of the juveniles in shelter rooms etc. and advised everyone to come forward to help such helpless people. Delivering his talk, Advocate Chakravarty apprised the gathering about the various policies & schemes of the government relating to the basic education of children and advised them to send their children to school on a routine basis. The second half of the session saw legal advices on variety of issues to the villagers by Mr. Vivek Srivastava while the other guests, faculties and law students extended legal advises to seekers.
Delivering the Vote of Thanks, Dr. Radheshyam thanked the guests, students & faculties for their support. He shared that the Legal Aid Cell endeavors not only to spread awareness about various legal rights envisaged under the Constitution, but also to make people aware about their duties as a good citizen as well. The mission of the camp was to educate the citizens that they need not be afraid of the Law and also to instill confidence among them that Law is indeed their best friend available to them at their times of adversities. The Camp had the presence of villagers from a diverse age group & gender that added a proactive vibe of success in organizing the event that got a further boost by the fully enthusiastic participation of the upcoming law aspirants. The camp fruitfully surmised the basic fundamental objectives on an interactive note and drew focus on the groundwork required to make this orientation a reality in the village. The members conducted house-to-house questionnaire drives to identify the problems faced by the villagers with respect to law enforcing agencies & the government interacting particularly with the women & children. The Camp concluded with felicitation of the Chief Guest and other Guests with mementoes as tokens of appreciation for sparing their valuable time & making efforts for this noble cause.
By OUR STAFF REPORTER