DES’s Shri.Navalmal Firodia Law College has entered in its 17th 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 withthe 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 law. The library of the college 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.
We have been ranked in top 25 colleges by ‘India Today’ magazine three years consecutively. Our students have been proving their worth by securing merit ranking in Savitribai Phule Pune University every year.
Our college has inaugurated “SwatantryaveerSavarkarSmrutiAbhinav Bharat Vyaspeeth” at the hands of Shri. JagdeepDhankhar, Honorable Governor of West Bengal on 20th August 2021, followed by a lecture series from 21st August to 25th August, 2021 with a view to reach the masses on the topics like history, socio – legal, economics and political importance.
The recent venture shouldered by our college is the 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. Since last two years, 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 & with this note DES CLE is inaugurating First edition of a certificate course in Advocacy Skills, Medico-legal approaches & interdisciplinary course in Law & Economics to cater 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 –LokmanyaTilak Memorials National Appellate Moot Court Competition each year, a unique style of mooting format at Appellate Level in both Civil and Criminal domains.
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, and members participating in research oriented competitions like Legislative Analysis, Research Papers, Judgment Analysis, etc. We are the 1st College to host a National Judgment Analysis Competition and Bill Analysis Competition, whichhelps in building analytical aptitude among law students.
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 flaring 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 programmes, para legal services and Anti ragging Campaign.
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 SavitribaiPhule Pune University, Pune. This scheme is basically undertaken for the benefit of students coming from the rural areas, who are intelligent and 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 variousactivities 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. Through this forum, we also host 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, from last three years we are hosting an inter-collegiate sports tournament namely, “Lawskets.” Every year, we are getting an overwhelming response from various colleges. Our faculty co-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 many championships as well as prizes in Purushottam and FirodiyaKarandak - the prestigious drama competitions.
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. From this year, the cell has started working in association with a Nodal Authority, DES ISTP (Incubation, Start-up, Training and Placement), an initiative of our parent society in the area of 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.
Last year, our college has started new 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. Our college has also Women’s Study Cell in the academic year 2019-2020. This Women’s Study Cell was rightly named as “Paripoorti” as it aims to focus on studies and activities related to women and gender. A number of activities were held under the banner of “Paripoorti” that focused on the topics related to women, gender and mental health such as Article 15(3) Student Teacher Symposium on 9th August 2020.
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.