Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law ICFAI University, Dehradun
(LL.B. and LL.M. from Faculty of Law, University of Delhi.)
[UGC-JRF (Law) qualified.]
- Sir, as being a law teacher, how would you like to introduce yourself to our readers?
First of all, I thank LawOF (www.lawof.in) for providing wonderful information platform relating to seminars, conferences, Call for papers, internship experience etc. to legal fraternity and giving me an opportunity to express my views on their platform. A teacher is the one who shapes the future of a country. I will introduce myself as the one who burns himself to make the future of our country shine. As a teacher, I wear several faces. I am absolutely a no-nonsense law teacher when I teach and need to maintain discipline and decorum in the classroom, an elder brother when I advise and a friend once I am out of the classroom. I was born and brought up in Sonipat (Haryana). I have done my LL.B. and LL.M. from Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. I am UGC-JRF (Law) qualified. Presently, I am working as an Assistant Professor (Law) at The ICFAI University, Dehradun since last one year. My areas of interest-cum-teaching are Criminal and Constitutional Laws. I am also mentoring my students for competitive examinations like judicial services, IAS, prestigious LL.M. entrance examinations. I am also honorary consulting editor of “International Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues”.
- What inspired you to join law, were you able to satisfy yourself inspiration.
The inspiration to join this noble profession relates to freedom struggle and independence of India because majority of freedom fighters were from this noble profession. I get inspired by those people who sacrifice themselves for the sake of others. Apart from them, my sources of inspiration in my personal and professional life are my mother and teachers who nurtured me to become a good human-being.
I always felt privileged by reason of the fact that I have been taught by legends of law teaching like Prof. Upendra Baxi, Prof. Ashwani Kumar Bansal, Prof. S.C.Raina, Prof. J.L.Kaul , Prof. Rajiv Khanna, Prof. Mool Chand Sharma and Prof. Ved Kumari in my law school days at the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. This fact is also a source for inspiration for me to choose law teaching as a career.
- How was your law school journey?
In my undergraduate law course days at Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi, I actively participated in extra co-curricular activities like debate competitions, seminars, workshops etc. either as an organising committee member or a participant. During my Master’s degree in Law at Faculty of Law, University of Delhi I emerged out as an avid reader and orator.
- What’s the best thing about your job?
Each and every point of teaching life is special. First of all, this is a service which keeps me in touch of society. I meet with several students from different backgrounds and mindset. Each person, whom you meet, has something to teach you. Teaching as a career not only provides me the opportunity to nourish and shape the future of my county but also it gives the opportunity to learn from the future of my country. The best thing about being a Law Professor is the continuous amplification my knowledge which is the outcome of continued dissemination and discussion of ideas with the student community and the satisfaction you attain when you are able to convince everybody with the notion that the ‘word is more powerful than the sword.’
- Sir, according to you what is the importance of Mooting, Publication and Internships in a law student life?
Yes, each competition, a student participates, certainly enhances his skills. Mooting is a way to learn the practical aspect of advocacy, it provides the chances to apply law, prepares a student as an advocate with argumentative skills etc. Paper publication is also important for the students who are looking for legal journalism and teaching as their carrier path. Internships are counted as the work experience, a student through internship gets acquainted with the actual work environment, and it also helps a student to decide what he/she is made for. At last I would like to say that these extracurricular activities are important but not at the cost of the study.
- What is the one thing that keeps you going?
Ups and downs are the part of life. The dedication to live for my country keeps me going on. If a teacher is negligent on his part, it’s the country who suffers as it may results into creating the inefficient human assets. If I am made for such noble cause, I shall dedicate me to it. I wake up each morning knowing that I will be affecting lives and go to sleep well hoping that I have done it the right way.
- The best experience and a success habit you would like to share as a student for our readers that would encourage them.
The success habit is to work daily, to cover the small distance daily, to take a step ahead daily and not to try to run in a short while. The building which stands on the strong base lasts long.
- What would you suggest for the students who are new to the law profession and those who are graduating?
To the students who are new to this profession, first of all congratulations that you have chosen such a noble profession. Then I would suggest to every law student that whatever you do give your 100% be it the study or any other co-curricular activity. You are here to learn, so do that with full dedication. Moreover run behind the knowledge, success will automatically run behind you.
- How do you measure the success of any person in their career?
The success may have different meanings for different persons. For one it might be to get the best designation while the other may count the success in terms of money he is earning. In my opinion, all these are of secondary importance. The prime measure of success is the mental satisfaction that one gets from the fact that he has contributed something for the welfare of the society.
- What according to you should be the prime concern for law students?
The prime concern for a law student should be the study. As I said previously that extra co-curricular activities are important but never at the cost of study. Please don’t look at 6 digit salary and placements from the first day of your law school life. My suggestion is that live college life and acquire as much legal knowledge as you can, the success will definitely come. A student should follow ethics of healthy competition and never fight for marks or grades. There is no value of your grades, if you are not sound with your basic legal knowledge.
- Please share the golden rules of your life which brought you here so that the students can gain from the useful insight and can be inspired by you.
The golden rule of my life is, never look back, never give up, never look who else is running with you in the race. You just look on to your path, keep walking, fall, rise then your destiny will definitely follow you..
- Any suggestions or comments for the students?
It’s true that the one who gets a chance to die for the country is lucky. But are the luckiest who got the chance to live for the country, for the society, for your family. In order to live for something one has to meet several deaths each day, be ready for that. Do your best. Never look for shortcuts. Give your 100%. Good luck.
- Any Quotation from your experience
Never ask what your country gives you,
But think what you have given to your country.
Thanks for taking the time to share your unique journey with us, and best of luck to you!