Emphasing the need of extensive research in the field of law, legal luminaries on Saturday called upon the students to study hard and set new benchmarks in legal education.
Addressing the inaugural function of Justice K B N Singh Memorial Law Research Centre at Patna Law College here, they observed that there were much scope for research in law and the young members of the legal profession and law students must undertake serious research. The new research centre would attain greater heights and soon develop into an institution of national repute.
Justice Aftab Alam of Supreme Court inaugurated the centre.
Patna high court chief justice Rekha M Doshit said earlier people used to hear about R&D activities only in medical, engineering and other branches of knowledge, but not in the legal field. Now, research work in legal field is gaining momentum and it is going to be an essential part of the very existence of the legal profession, she said.
Supreme Court Judge Dipak Mishra said, “Though we are hearing about bookless library, it would be a great disaster for mankind if it would be really so.” He called upon the law students to visit libraries and read books. “Don’t follow a Baba, follow a book,” he counselled the students.
Supreme Court Judge Chandramauli Kumar Prasad recalled the qualities of head and heart of late Justice K B N Singh and said “We can’t acquire knowledge without the necessary tools (books and journals).”
Donating Rs10 lakh from his MPLAD fund for the development of the research centre, Rajya Sabha MP Ravi Shankar Prasad said the scope of law studies was expanding every day and the younger generation was excited to know more and more about law.
Bihar legislative council chairman Tara Kant Jha regretted that the number of book lovers was declining fast. He pointed out that he got the council’s 100 years’ proceedings digitalized, but not a single member turned up to read them.
He said that reading books must be made mandatory for all students.
Patna University vice-chancellor Shambhu Nath Singh expressed his pleasure over the setting up of the first law research centre in the state. The quality of education depends on the quality of research, he said.
Justice Samrendra Pratap Singh, Justice S K Katriar, senior advocate Siddhi Prasad Singh and college alumni association president D P Sinha also addressed the gathering. College principal Rakesh Verma proposed a vote of thanks.