Published On: Fri, Aug 19th, 2016

CJI laid foundation Stone of Himachal Pradesh National Law University

cjiiiShimla: Sh. Justice T.S. Thakur, the Chief Justice of India today inaugurated the Hostel Block of H.P. Judicial Academy. The foundation Stone of Himachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla was also laid down by the Chief Justice in the august presence of Sh. Virbhadara Singh, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh, Sh. Mansoor Ahmad Mir, Hon’ble Chief Justice of H.P. High Court and Patron of Himachal Pradesh Judicial Academy and Sh. Justice Rajiv Sharma, President, Himachal Pradesh Judicial academy at Ghandal, District Shimla. Sh. Kaul Singh Thakur, Hon’ble Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Revenue, Law & Legal Remembrance and Medical Education, Himachal Pradesh. Hon’ble Sh. Justice Sanjay Karol, Hon’ble Sh. Justice Dhram Chand Chaudhary, Hon’ble Sh. Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan, Hon’ble Sh. Justice P.S. Rana, Hon’ble Sh. Justice Sureshwar Thakur, Hon’ble Sh. Justice Vivek Singh Thakur, Hon’ble Sh. Justice Ajay Mohan Goel, Hon’ble Sh. Justice Sandeep Sharma and Hon’ble Sh. Justice Chander Bhushan Barowalia were also present on this occasion.
The estimated cost for construction of Himachal Pradesh Judicial Academy was around Rs. 165.38 corers. Till date, an amount of about Rs. 42 corers has been spent for this purpose. While making selection for the land for establishment of Himachal Pradesh Judicial Academy many pices of land were inspected in and around Shimla city ultimately, it was Gandal vally which was found suitable for establishment of the Academy campus.
In his inaugural address Hon’ble Justice T.S. Thakur said that he is happy to be here as he has long association with Himachal. He said that the proposed National Law University will prove as an asset not only to the law students of Himachal Pradesh but for the students of other states also. He said that it will not only open academic opportunities to the students but boost economic activities in the state. He promised for financial help from the central government for setting up the said university by take up the matter with the Prime Minister and Finance Minister. He has also praised the Judicial Academy and said that the complex is beautifully designed. He said that the Judicial Academy will not only useful for the training programme for the judicial officers of the state, rather it will also be very useful for the training programme for the administrative officers of the state, especially those officers who exercise quasi judicial powers. Talking on the importance of training programme for the judicial officers, he said that in the present context such programme are necessary so that the Judicial Officers are well informed about the latest trends in judiciary. It will not only up to date the judicial officers, but also help in reducing the pendency. Concerned about the vacancies in the High Courts Justice T.S.Thakur said that the matter has already been taken up with the Government. The Chief Justice of India also expressed satisfaction over disposal of cases by the Himachal Pradesh. He said that the Himachal Pradesh Judiciary has done a great job by reducing the pendency of cases to half during the last three years.
On this occasion Sh. Virbhadara Singh, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh said that he is glad to have the National Law University in the state. He said that since Himachal Pradesh is a small state but it is a role model for other states, especially, in the field of education, health services and basic amenities. He also said that the per capita income of the state of Himachal Pradesh is very high as compare to the other states.
On this occasion Sh. Mansoor Ahmad Mir, Hon’ble Chief Justice of H.P. High Court said that H.P. National University, Shimla will produce outstanding lawyers, Himachal Pradesh Judicial Academy will sharpen the skills of the judicial officers and other stake holders for delivering cheap, quick and effective justice to the people; fulfilling the mandate of the Constitution to secure Justice to all. He further said that judicial education is essential for enhancing the quality and improving the standards of justice. Independence of judiciary depends upon public confidence and public confidence depends upon judges doing their jobs well. Judicial Academies provide the judges with the necessary skills and tools to do their jobs effectively and efficiently. Therefore, the importance of the judicial academies cannot be undermined. These are responsible for planning and providing initial and continuous training for judges and Court Officers which enhances the quality of justice dispensation and strengthens the Rule of Law. Justice Mir further added that the Judicial Academy will not only impart training to the Judicial Officers and staff of the High Court and Subordinate Courts but also to other stake holders like the government officers discharging judicial or quasi judicial duties, Advocates, law students and the public. He also added that Himachal Pradesh Judicial Academy was established in the year 2005. The Academy started functioning at Harwington Estate building, which was subsequently shifted to the Curzon House. Since then, the Academy has organized 582 programmes in which 11,409 officers and officials were trained. In addition to the Judicial Officers and staff of the High Court and Subordinate Courts, training was imparted to the other Government Officers.
Shri Shrawan Dogra, learned Adovcate General, Himachal Pradesh, Shri Desh Raj, Chairman, Bar Council of Himachal Pradesh, Shri K. S. Banyal, President, Bar Association of High Court of Himachal Pradesh, Shri Ashok Sharma, Assistant Solicitor General of India, Shri V.C. Pharka, Chief Secretary to the Govt. of Himachal Pradesh, Shri Sanjay Kumar, Director General of Police, Shri A.D.N. Vajpayee, Vice Chancellor, Himachal Pradesh University, Major General Sanjeev Narain, ARTRAC, Shimla, S/Shri Rajeev Bhardwaj, Registrar General, Arvind Malhotra, Registrar (Vigilance), J.K. Sharma, Registrar (Judicial), Varinder Sharma, Registrar (Rules), R. K. Chaudhary, Registrar (Administration), Sh. Piar Chand (Registrar Establishment) Virender Singh, Joint Director , Dy. Director H.P. Judicial Academy, Shri Partap Singh Thakur, Central Project Coordinator, B.M. Gupta, Registrar (GAD & Recruitment) Secretary, District Legal services Authority, Shimla, Vivek Sharma, Secretary, District Legal services Authority, Shimla, Yashwant Singh Chogal, Member Secretary, Himachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority, Gaurav Mahajan, Administrative Officer, Himachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority, and other judicial officers, Senior Advocates were also present on this occasion.

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