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Prof. (Dr.) Nuzhat Khan,
Dean, School of Law, Bennett University

I. Please introduce yourself and your law school to our readers.

Before joining Bennett University as the Dean of law school in late 2020, I served as the Dean, Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia. I have supervised 18 PhD Scholars and have published 13 books and 18 research papers in my career as a law teacher. I have been on different boards in more than fourteen State/Central and Private universities and have presented and prepared modules on UGC e-Pathshala Project by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development. I have spoken at several institutions of national and international repute along with being awarded with several awards including the Women Achievers awards conferred by Aligarh Muslim University.

As far as Bennett University is concerned, I have no second thoughts in saying that it has emerged as one of the most promising institutions of learning in India. It aims to provide an Ivy League quality of education and make its students ‘life and career ready’. Along with management, engineering and applied sciences, and media and liberal arts, the University runs the law school with a vision to strive for excellence in teaching, research, and advocacy towards justice for all by shaping thought leaders in public policy of national and international dimensions. At School of Law, Bennett University we imbibe the best practices of national and international law schools in terms of curriculum, pedagogy, and innovation in teaching methods. It is a knowledge space not only to acquire a professional degree but also to shape the compassionate individual under the professional robe.

 

II. Your law school is one of the premier law schools in the country that has a partnership with an Ivy League Law School such as Cornell Law School. What can a law student expect to achieve from this experience?

The student will find here the best of the infrastructure, sports complex, eateries, tuck shop, residential hostels and smart classrooms with all modern amenities. We offer the finest educational avenues through classroom tuitions by faculty with the best possible background and exceptionally rich library resources. To cull out professional finesse in the student, we have institutional arrangements to facilitate internships and spaces (such as world class moot court hall) to make him/her a competitive lawyer by the time s/he graduates from the University.

Our cutting-edge course curriculum is periodically updated after getting the inputs from the top-notch in the industry to keep you abreast with the leaps of law in various sectors of human life. Our unique international collaborations such as the one with Cornell Law School will make sure that the student gets the requisite international exposure to become a legal practitioner with global recognition. Every January, 3 Cornell faculty members visit the law campus in Greater Noida and teach 1 credit courses to the law students. These intensive one-week courses are exclusively designed beyond the Bar Council of India curriculum. Students get a unique opportunity to get international exposure in India itself and interact with senior faculty from the Cornell Law School. Thus, these courses provide the distinctive edge to give our students a flavour of global law education. Students have been benefitted by subjects like Law, Literature and Fiction; Law and Psychology; Judicial Process, Legal Writing and International Human Rights among others.

For recreational purposes, student will have a choice to join many clubs and committees at the School and University levels. The list of achievement of our current students in various national and international competitions is rather long and can take at least a few pages to summarise.

 

III. You have often advocated on issues relating to environmental damage, discriminatory practices against women which was also a project for Ministry of Women and Child Welfare. How do you intend to pass these learnings to your students?

Our aim at Bennett law school is not just to create market leaders but also social change makers who can transform the lives of people around them. A healthy environment is now a claimable right for all citizens of the country. We also have a general sense that women and children in our country are often at the receiving end of the spectrum. My law school empowers the students to become their voice within and without the court of law. Through moots, legal aid cell and specially curated courses on- human rights, environmental law or women and children law, we ensure that our young leaders do not just excel in their corporate assignments but also on the grassroots.

 

IV. Under your leadership, The School of Law, Bennett University has recently introduced a PG Program. Can you throw light on the eligibility, learning tracks and the overall experience a student can expect from these courses?

We have moved a proposal to have three PG Programs including- LL.M. (1 year), LL.M. (2 year) and Diplomas in Intellectual Property, Labour Law and Cyber Law. The courses are designed to propel students towards academic excellence and knowledge that they require to have a complete command over their respective areas of interest. While 1 year LL.M. is a residential course the 2-year LL.M. is a non-residential course specially designed for working professionals who can attend classes on the weekends. We will offer specialisations in corporate, criminal and constitutional law as these streams are the most sought-after markers of expertise in the legal field.

While LL.M. is an exclusive course for law graduates, diploma programs are offered to graduates in any stream and are designed to significantly up the skill quotient in the candidate.

With billions of dollars being pumped into R&D, intellectual property is the buzz word in today’s market. Having a strong grip on labour laws is critical not just for the employees but also for smart employers. Cyber world’s dominance in human affairs is of course, uncontested. Diploma courses by Bennett will cater to the need of experts in these fields.

 

V. Being a young law school, you have introduced initiatives like Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Incubation Centre) that works on supporting Start-Ups, Student Mentorship Program and Bennett Journal of Legal Studies Review. Can you share how it supports the new generation lawyers’ professional growth?

The Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is led by Dr. Vinod and his team. It is a University centre where all students from all departments and schools with entrepreneurial mindset are encouraged and supported by Bennett University as a matter of top priority. We always welcome new ideas in different fields of innovation and it goes without saying that field of law is open with zillions of opportunities in the field of entrepreneurship, more so with the onset of the digital era. Team at CIE acquaints young entrepreneurs to the dynamics of start-up, provides seed funding and even connects them to potential investors, customers and partners. More information can be sought from this link: https://www.bennett.edu.in/center-of-innovation-entrepreneurship/

The mentor-mentee programme at the law school allows the students to freely interact with the faculty on different issues and therefore, it helps students to share their perspectives and concerns on different issues. This has been very successful for us. In addition, we launched the Bennett Journal of Legal Studies which is accepting papers right now!

 

VI. Your law school is as a member of the LSAC Global Law Alliance, how do you envision this collaboration?

LSAC Global Law Alliance has not only provided us with the opportunity to engage and network with other alliance members but has also given the law school an platform for discussions in its webinars, interviews etc. Students have immensely benefitted through various activities organised by the LSAC Global team. Most, importantly, LSAC Global has provided immense admission support through its LSAT—India examination. We certainly hope that we organise and collaborate at different levels so that students as well as the international legal fraternity benefits at the same time. I would like to appreciate the commitment of the LSAC Global team in bringing together eminent universities to a single platform. We look forward to our continuing collaboration.

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