Launch India’s 1st Virtual Law School
April 25, 2020
India’s 1st Virtual Law School (VLS) was launched on April 25, 2020 by Hon’ble Mr. Justice A. K. Sikri, and Hon’ble Mr. Justice Kurian Joseph, former judges of the Supreme Court of India. Justice Sikri’s applauded the Virtual Law School by quoting Victor Hugo who said ‘Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come’. This is the first of its kind of platform to take legal education online in the country. It has founded and established by Dr. Nachiketa Mittal, former faculty of NLU Odisha, former Assistant Registrar (Research), Supreme Court and alumni of NLSIU, Bengaluru. Virtual Law School is a unique initiative to bring about a new age reform in the legal education. Dr. Mittal has started VLS to provide legal education to all the law students of the country, irrespective of their institutional affiliation. From April-June this will remain a pro bono initiative, to provide free of cost legal education to all the law students in times of pandemic. It is free for all the law students. Retired judges, Law Professors and lawyers are donating pro bono law teaching hours. Justice A. K. Sikri and Justice Kurian Joseph will start law classes at Virtual Law School on pro bono basis from April 27, 2020.
Mr. Rajiv Luthra, Managing Founder & Managing Partner of L&L Partners & Law Offices, Senior Advocate noted criminal lawyer Mr. Sidharth Luthra, Mr. P. K. Malhotra, Former Law Secretary, Ministry of Law & Justice, Govt, of India, Prof. Manoj Kumar Sinha, Director of Indian Law Institute, Prof. S. Shanthakumar, Vice-Chancellor, Gujarat NLU, Prof. Yogesh Pratap Singh, Registrar, NLU Odisha, were the guests for the Inaugural Ceremony of the Virtual Law School, which was done electronically. Digital way of education is the future of legal education in the times to come. Justice Sikri also launched the website of the Virtual Law School. Judges said, that extraordinary situations call for extraordinary responses and Virtual Law School is one such initiative to fill the gap in legal education. The Virtual Law School aims to seek affiliation from regulatory authorities in the future. But during the times of pandemic its focus in only to provide legal education to all the law students of the country and help them mitigate their academic loss.