The academy would primarily be for the teachers of Law
There is some good news for young teachers of law and advocates looking to upgrade their skills. The Bar Council of India through its Trust namely B C I Trust for Promotion of Education (Legal & Professional) and Reforms in Law and For Improvement of Research and Social Training has teamed up with Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) a Deemed University at Bhubaneswar in the State of Odisha to establish Indian Institute of Law (IIL). The academy would primarily be for the teachers of Law.
Indian Institute of Law will administer and run various programmes for Continuing Legal Education, professional skill development programmes, refresher courses, and learning courses for Alternative Dispute resolution methods viz. Mediation and Conciliation. Under various centers of learning; it shall undertake research in all aspects of law, justice and social development.
It shall publish case books, periodicals, digests, magazines, newspapers etc. (both in hard copy and soft copy through online and offline means) on various law subjects for Lawyers undergoing legal training and Legal education for the purpose of Continuous Legal Education.
Till date, there is no Training Institute in Law to cater to the needs for skill development of the Law Teachers and the Advocates. In the Indian Institute ofLaw (IIL), the young teachers of Law Schools of India and Advocates would enhance their expertise and professional skill and acumen.
B.C.I. TRUST had earlier established the iconic institution for Legal Education namely, National Law School of India University (NLSIU) at Bangalore in the year 1986, which continues to be the model Law University of the country. This will be the first of its kind in the entire country. Such Institution was long contemplated by the Bar Council of India and its Trust.
But the idea of B.C.I. could not be materialized earlier due to one or other reason. The Bar Council of India and its Trust finally contacted Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), a great visionary, Academician and Founder of KIIT & KISS, Deemed Universities and after visiting both the campuses of KIIT and KISS, members of the Bar Council of India decided and resolved to establish the Indian Institute of Law (IIL) at Bhubaneswar, Odisha in collaboration with and support of KIIT University. B.C.I. Trust has entered into an MoU with KIIT and accordingly KIIT has provided requisite land at the prime location of Bhubaneswar (Patia). This apart, the KIIT will also bear 40% of the cost of the infrastructure of the proposed campus of 1.5 lakh sq. feet area.
The Institute shall organize and conduct seminars, symposiums, Training programs for Advocates, Academicians and Judges.
It shall collaborate with National Law Schools, other good Universities, Professional Bodies, The Judiciary, Government Departments and NGOs from within and outside India, and with different Bar Associations, State Bar Councils and Institutions of Eminence in India and abroad or other organizations connected with legal work for advancement of its objects.
The IIL shall have the following units at the initial stage: (i) Academic Staff College (ASC) (ii) School of Continuing Education (SCE) (iii) IIL Training Centre (IIL-TC) (iv) Center for Legal Aid (CLA) (v) Bridge courses for Foreign Degree-holders.
The IIL will constitute General Council, Executive Council and Academic
Council and will have adequate representation from the Higher Judiciary, Government, Ministry of Education, UGC, Academicians, Senior Members of the Bar, the Chief Justice of Odisha etc.
Bar Council of India shall be carrying out all the programmes of the Institute on its own for the initial 3 years. After that, some National Law Universities/other Institutions with good infrastructures will also be allowed to impart the courses on the pattern of IIL.
IIL will have aid, assistance and guidance of sitting and former Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, and Full time Teachers, guides and/or Honorary guest teachers.
Dr. Achyuta Samanta ji, the distinguished educationist, philanthropist and founder of KIIT and KISS Deemed to be Universities, who has provided through his Trust a valuable piece of land at Bhubaneswar for the establishment of this Institution.
Dr. Samanta, the founder of two world class Universities, Medical, Engineering, Management, Nursing, Law, Arts and several other big Institutes provides free boarding, lodging and fooding to about 35000 tribal students everyday apart from providing them free education, right from Class I till Post Graduation.