Christmas gathering at Kolkata St. Xavier's and the Announcement of the New Law College

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The Christmas programme began with a welcome address by Fr. Dominic Savio, Principal of St. Xavier's College, Kolkata. Fr. Felix Raj, Vice-Chancellor of St. Xavier's University Kolkata delivered a Christmas message with a brief report of the educational services rendered by the Jesuit Fathers in West Bengal. The Chief Minister spoke in appreciation of the Jesuit work at the College and the University. She welcomed St Xavier's University's decision to introduce law course from July 2019 and asked the University to consider starting a College in Alipurduar. The Chief Minister felicitated Emeritus Bishop Linus Gomes (98), the oldest Bishop in India who stays at St. Xavier's College, Kolkata. Staff reporter - Goethals News, email : goethalsnews@gmail.com

 

INDIA : Jesuit Law School in Kolkata by Mitta Mukherjee (GOETHALS via CNUA)  St Xavier’s University, Kolkata is planning to set up a Law School and welcome its first batch of students in July 2019.  Father Felix Raj, Vice-Chancellor of the University, said Xavier Law School had been modelled on prominent law institutions such as the Nalsar University of Law, in Hyderabad; National Law School of India University in Bangalore and the National University of Juridical Sciences, Calcutta. Xavier Law School will come up on the university’s 17-acre New Town campus at Rajarhat. The school will offer five-year integrated BA LLB (honours) and B.Com LLB (honours) courses. “The syllabus and the curriculum will be designed to produce competent experts in legal profession with sound knowledge in every sphere of law. After completing the course the students can practice law in court or can work as consultant or join the corporate sector,” Father Felix Raj said. 

Fr Felix Raj - Principal

Photo Courtesy - St. Xavier's College

The university has approached the Bar Council of India, which regulates legal education in the country, for affiliation. Work on setting up the infrastructure is on in full swing, the VC said. “The most important component of any institution of higher education is its library. For a law school, it is important to have a library with an extensive collection of law books and journals,” said Fr. Felix Raj. The law school will have “elaborate arrangements” for organising moot court competitions, which help students develop skills in debating. Students will have to clear an “independent competitive examination”, to be conducted by the university, to gain entry into Xavier Law School. Institutes such as the Nalsar University of Law and the National University of Juridical Sciences admit students through the Common Law Admission Test. The first batch will have 120 students. The university may later increase its intake. Recruitment of teachers will start soon. “Our aim is to engage the best legal experts and academics,” Fr. Felix Raj said. 

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