DES’s Shri Navalmal Firodia Law College has entered in its 18th year, keeping pace with the social change and answering responsibly, all the demands of any complex and intricate global legal set up. We have brought about tremendous metamorphosis in terms of inculcating legal education through innovative pedagogy.
More importantly, astride the mandatory curriculum, our institute has rightly entered the realm of legal research, to open up the minds of our students in consonance with the demands of globalization, and sensitize them to the current developments in the legal arena.
We believe in education as the way of revolution and ultimate development. Our enthusiastic and talented teachers have a commitment to mould the young minds by giving them insight into multi-disciplinary aspects of law. Our college library is well equipped with all the latest legal resources to meet the requirements of the student’s community. Our alumni body is now making significant note of its existence which reflects our achievement.
Our students have been proving their worth by securing merit ranking in Savitribai Phule Pune University every year.
The college has inaugurated the prestigious “Swatantryaveer Savarkar Smruti Abhinav Bharat Vyaspeeth” at the hands of Shri. Jagdeep Dhankhar, Honorable Governor of West Bengal, which was followed by a 4 – day lecture series, with a view to reach masses on the topics of historical, socio – legal, economic and political importance.
The college has also established DES Centre for Legal Excellence that is committed to create a pool of certified & skilled professionals equipped with knowledge, wisdom & abilities necessary to meet or exceed legal & corporate industry expectations on both, general & specific frontlines. Under the banner of DES CLE, our college is successfully running certificate courses in Soft Skills Development, Law & Psychology, and Law & Logic. We must move beyond the ideal of a comfortable, self - focused life & answer the call to be an advocate for those who don’t have one. This ideology is an extension of visionary forefathers, and with this note, DES CLE also inaugurated first edition of certificate courses in Advocacy Skills, Medico-Legal Approaches, Financial Markets (basic) & interdisciplinary course in Law & Economics to cater to the professional requirements. DES CLE thus, provides a focal point of multidisciplinary avenues in various perspectives of socio - economic, political & legal arenas.
Moot Court activity is an inherent feature of every premier law school to create eloquent advocates. This activity is greatly promoted by the college. The students have brought several laurels to the college by winning prizes in International, National and State Level Prestigious Moot Court Competitions, Client Counseling and Mock Trials. We host one of its own kinds – Lokmanya Tilak Memorials National Appellate Moot Court Competition each year, a unique style of mooting format at Appellate Level in both Civil and Criminal domains. Last year college organised the first edition of Intra – College Novice Moot Court Competition for 2nd B.A.LL.B & 2nd B.B.A.LL.B students to develop the legal acumen and research skills of the students and provide a platform to explore emerging issues of law.
Developing spirit for legal research, Legal Research Cell is one of the most important facets of a law student’s growth. The college has duly constituted Legal Research Cell, which conducts workshops on research methodology. Members also participate in research oriented competitions like Legislative Analysis, Research Papers, Judgment Analysis, etc. We are the first college to host a National Judgment Analysis Competition and Bill Analysis Competition, which helps in building analytical aptitude among law students. The Cell also publishes a law journal – “Fiat Justicia” every year to develop research culture and inculcate research spirit in legal arena.
National Service Scheme (NSS) is one of the vital extra academic activities of our college and hence, an integral part of our law course curriculum. The motto or watchword of the NSS is ‘NOT ME, BUT YOU’. It underlines that the welfare of the individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of the society as a whole. The students have brought several laurels to the college by winning prizes at various Street Play Competitions organized by different law colleges. It is heartening that every year NSS activities have been going up in full swing with more active participation of our students in different aspects of community services to the rural neighborhood.
We also have an active Legal Aid Centre imparting clinical legal education to the students keeping in line with the concept of “Pro Bono Publico”, to uphold the cause of social justice by creating awareness amongst the weaker sections of the society. It has following modalities such as legal advice, amicable settlement of disputes, legal literacy programs, para legal services and Anti Ragging Campaign.
To shape young minds into legal professionals and luminaries, our college has established Seminar & Guest Lecture Department. The department regularly organizes seminars/webinars and guest lectures by inviting eminent guest speakers as well as hosts intra – college teacher – student symposium on variety of topics which build the knowledge base of our students. The department also conducts National Seminar every year on current developments in legal field.
With an objective to imbibe the culture and respect towards any kind of work, the college has started the Earn and Learn Scheme as approved by the Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune. This scheme is basically undertaken for the benefit of students coming from the rural areas, who are meritorious but financially hard pressed and hence, cannot afford higher education. Involvement of such students in this scheme will make higher education accessible and available to them. The Students’ Development Cell of the college also conducts various activities for overall personality development of the college students.
We also have a Debate Forum named, “Mimansa”, which provides a strong platform for developing public speaking and debating skills of the students. Last year, our college has moved from State Level Intercollegiate Debate Competition to the National Level Intercollegiate Debate Competition in the name of Late Shri. Gopal Ganesh Agarkar, one of our founder members and a great orator.
Through the achievements in sports, the college has redefined its identity in the arena of sports activity at State, National as well as International level. The participation and quality of performance from the college has grown in geometric proportion as compared to the yester years. We have won several state level and national level sports competitions. Our students have made us proud by representing not only at State and National levels but also at International level. ‘DUM’ the annual sports event is organized to ignite the latent sporting passion in our students and students really show their Dum upholding the true spirit of a sportsman. Additionally, we host an inter-collegiate sports tournament namely, “Lawskets”. Every year, we are getting an overwhelming response from various colleges. Our faculty coordinators of sports activity plan it with a great zeal and passion for sports.
‘Indradhanush’ a cultural fest organized in the college has always been and shall remain a confluence of talent and enthusiasm, an occasion that celebrates the spirit of youth and synchronizes co-operation. The college encourages participation in cultural activities also, the results of which is that our students have made the college proud by winning Prizes in various art and cultural competition along with Puroshottam & Firodiya Karandak – the prestigious drama competitions.
Our college also shoulders ventures like, Parliamentary Debate Club, MUN Club and Club Aesthetica. These clubs were initiated to inculcate debate and oratory skills along with nurturing their literary instincts through various activities among the students. These clubs are run by the collaborative efforts of students, faculty coordinator and guest speakers wherever necessary. Club Aesthetica hosted First Edition of a Three – Day Atal Lawlit National legal and cultural Fest. With a variety of competitions such as declamation competition, film analysis competition, Natyavachan competition, legal commentary competition etc. this fest aims to embolden, empower and explore the creativity of the students.
With a noble objective of gender – sensitization and social transformation, College has established Women’s Study Cell – “Paripoorti”. The Cell hosts workshop, symposium etc. to make students aware of the current developments in the socio - legal arena and thereby to mainstream gender related issues in the society.
We also have “Legal History Club” with an objective to study our past legal institutions which helps students to understand people and society, culture and heritage, global historical developments and transformation, as well as present – day legal institutions in a better way.
We also have a Placement Cell, which aims at providing the students, specifically the final year students of UG as well as PG with diverse and successful placements. This cell works for betterment of placement prospects of the students and looks forward to various on and off campus opportunities for undergraduate as well as post graduate students.
With a view to provide practical experience of court process to the students and to bridge the gap between theory and practice, our college has also arranged DES Internship Program for its students, which has provided a platform to the registered students to associate and work under senior lawyers.
And last but definitely not the least ‘SwaDES’ is our annual college magazine portraying the annual achievements of our talented students and also their creativity through various legal and non- legal articles.