By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 15 Oct: Celebrating the year 2019 as the ‘Year of Internationality’, UPES joined hands with ‘The University of Law (ULaw)’ with the signing of a ‘Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)’ to provide opportunities to benefit from the collaborative learning programmes to their students. A delegation from ULaw, UK is currently on a 3-day visit to the UPES campuses in Dehradun and its Head Office in New Delhi from 14 to 17 October. Addressing the gathering at the Convention on “Changing Paradigms in Legal Domain – Challenges & Opportunities”, Chief Guest Indu Kumar Pande, former Chief Secretary, Uttarakhand, said, “Redundancy of Law needs to be regularly addressed with the passage of time as it becomes irrelevant quite rapidly in the over- dynamic environment of this day and age.” He mentioned the globally sensitive issue of climate change and said that, while all were responsible for it at an individual level yet, ironically, no one was accountable for it at the individual level. He also strongly advocated use of technology to assist the legal fraternity. The University of Law is one of the oldest established providers of specialised legal education and training institutes in the UK with campuses in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, Leeds, Manchester & Nottingham and an international campus in Hong Kong. One can also undertake its courses at GISMA Business School in Berlin and the University of East Anglia, The University of Exeter, The University of Reading & The University of Liverpool in United Kingdom. ULaw’s market-leading Employability Service gives students access to work experience, pro bono opportunities and legal vacancies. On behalf of UPES, Dr Deependra Jha, Vice Chancellor, signed the MoU while Professor Andrea Nollent, Vice Chancellor & CEO, signed the document on behalf of The University of Law. Dr Jha expressed hope that the partnership would further bolster UPES’s efforts to provide qualitative industry relevant education to students aspiring to excel in law. Professor Andrea Nollent shared with a great sense of pride the 140 years legacy of University of Law. She also shared that 97% of its full-time and accelerated UK/EEA LPC students graduating in summer 2017 secured employment, a training contract, or further study within nine months of successfully completing their course. Appreciating the industry specialised law programmes in UPES she said, “The portfolio of multi-disciplinary programmes in Law, Management, Business, Engineering, Architecture & the Design sector offered by UPES complements very well with the courses offered at ULaw. The heads jointly stated that this partnership would facilitate staff and student mobility between the two institutions; enhance research in law aand business education through collaborative seminars, moot courts, conferences and student competitions; opportunity for UPES graduates to pursue post- graduation courses at ULaw on scholarships as well as allow for faculty & student exchanges and summer schools programmes. Dr Deependra Jha revealed that a Conference on ‘Changing Paradigms in Legal Practice – A Technological Perspective from the UK’ is scheduled to be held at UPES, New Delhi, on 16 October. Besides attending the conference, the delegation will also undertake high-level discussions with higher education institutions in India. Justice Dipak Misra, Former Chief Justice of India will be the ‘Chief Guest’ at the Conference. ULaw VC Professor Andrea Nollent, Vassilis Konstantinou, Pro Vice-Chancellor, International Development; Joanna Ballard – Pro Vice Chancellor, Academic Development, and Tatiana Rizopoulou – Director of International Partnerships, also met their UPES colleagues and held in-depth discussions.The senior leadership team of UPES present on this occasion included Brig SS Dhillon, Dr Kamal Bansal, Dr Veena Dutta, Dr Manisha Mohan, Dr Geeta Hegde, Manish Prateek and Arun Dhand.