Friday, July 22, 2011

IIM-Shillong plans to introduce Law courses

In a unique experiment, Indian Institute of Management-Shillong (IIM-S) is looking to introduce courses in law. The course modules are being discussed and aspects like a one-year diploma or a two-year masters course are being explored. IIM Shillong is in talk with a prominent law university for rolling out this courses and memorandum of understanding with the university will be inked soon.

IIM Shillong Director Ashoke K. Dutta said, "Such courses are there in Germany. We are also discussing with some law universities and exploring the possibilities of having such courses. This course will come handy for judicial officers and managers."

A senior official of IIM who did not want be quoted explained that this is a new concept. "We will have to recruit faculties for this course. There is scope and I feel there will be enough takers. Management institutes imparting one year diploma in law are doing well in foreign countries. We are yet to finalise the intake of the students for this course."

He pointed that as managers there are people who want to have working knowledge regarding the law of the land especially commercial and business law. On the other hand, there are many judicial officers working for corporates and want to understand the management principles, so this course will cater to both these groups.

Even graduates in law and business can take this course. Hirendra Kashyap, a practicing lawyer in Guwahati High Court opined that it will open enormous opportunities. "Managers and lawyers engaged in corporate sector stand to gain from this." Ananya Das, a final year student of graduation added it will be a great idea to study such a course under the IIM brand. "When we go to companies to work at least we must be aware of some laws affecting us as an employee."

Every year, hundreds of students from the region move to South India, Pune and New Delhi to study law. Migration from the Northeast to these cities has increased by 12 times, with over 415,000 people from the region leaving over the past six years.

In 2005, this figure stood at 34,000 but in the past six years, it is on an average increasing annually at 13.62%. According to a study of 66.35% of North Easterners migrate for higher studies, out of them, 78.15% for graduate studies, 11.48% for engineering and managerial degrees, 6.80% for research and PhD and 3.57 per cent for medical studies.

Shantikam Hazarika, educationist and former Director of Guwahati-based Assam Institute of Management felt it will be really nice if mangers well versed in law get into the administration of judicial system. "However, I doubt if this course will attract enough students."

Source: The Economic Times, July 22, 2011
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