Considering the fact that better advocacy skills is the need of the hour, 10 young advocates from across India will be trained for one month at the National Law University, Delhi (NLUD) under the Rajiv Gandhi advocate training scheme.
Elaborating on the scheme, inaugurated on June 27, Srikrishna Deva Rao, registrar of NLUD says, “The ministry of law has initiated this step of training 10 young advocates who are below the age of 30 at regular intervals. To start with, chief justice of all 21 High Courts and chairmen of all State Bar Councils have selected 10 advocates who will be participating in the programme.”
The training programme, which commenced on June 27, will end on July 23 and will be conducted in two phases. In the first phase, selected advocates will be taught the basic foundations of law and lawyering skills at NLUD followed by placing them under the guidance of senior advocates.
According to NK Sharma, who is part of the implementation cell of the ministry of law and justice, there were no set criteria for selecting the advocates. The idea, he adds, is to ensure that good advocates belonging to remote areas of our country are given the right opportunity and exposure to learn better.
Selected advocates in the first batch are from six different states, which include Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, UP, Bihar and Orissa. Rao says, “The training for the second batch of advocates will begin from July 3 and end on July 30. This batch will include advocates from Sikkim, Assam, Delhi, Chandigarh (Punjab & Haryana), Ranchi and Jammu and Kashmir. The dates for the third batch are not fixed but it will start sometime in the month of August for which the advocates will be chosen from Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra.”
“The ultimate goal behind conducting this programme is to train young advocates of our country to become better lawyers. Also, at the time of selection it was decided to include advocates from both general as well as reserved categories,” says Sharma.
Anish JP, a 29-year-old advocate training under this programme says, “All of us (selected advocates) are going to learn a lot here, which eventually will help us to deal with different types of legal issues more smartly.”