Monday 21 November 2011

Legal Education In India Rejuvenated

Legal education in India is passing through a transformation age. From mere academic nature of the education, Indian educational system is making a shift towards professionals, vocational and practical nature of education. This is a good sign as mere academic nature of education would not help us in the long run.

This is also evident from the fact that a majority of graduates are not fit for professional purposes. Naturally Indian companies are facing shortage of skilled workforce to manage skilled works. Thus, technical education and skill development in India need to be considered by Indian government on a top priority basis.

This is a mammoth task that Indian government cannot achieve on its own. Bar council of India has to play a pro active role in this regard. Similarly, a public private partnership between Indian government, BCI and private companies/individuals is also need of the hour.

However, there are very few private players who are good at providing qualitative legal education in India and abroad. Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB) of Perry4Law is one such techno legal institution that is providing world class techno legal education, courses, trainings and skills development. Perry4Law Techno Legal ICT Training Centre (PTLITC) provides highly specialised and domain specific techno legal education in India.

PTLB is also managing the exclusive techno legal institute for lifelong learning in India (TLILLI). The TLILLI manages many crucial techno legal lifelong learning courses and continuing legal education in India.

All these courses, education, training and skills development are provided by the PTLB e-learning platform in an online environment. Interested professionals can enroll for these courses from any part of the world without leaving their offices or homes.

Clearly legal education in India has been rejuvenated by the collective efforts of stakeholders like BCI, PTLB and Indian government. However, more and more private participation is needed for reforming the legal education sector of India that is presently plagued by widespread corruption.

Thursday 17 November 2011

Corruption And Higher Education In India

Education in India is passing through a bad phase. Surprisingly, foreign educational institutions have started showing some interest in Indian educational system despite various shortcomings and corrupt practices marring the Indian education system.

Naturally the question arises is corruption and irregularities undermining the higher education in India? This is more so regarding the higher legal education in India that is in real mess. If we rely upon the sources that have themselves witnessed this arbitrariness, irregularities and corruption, then it is clear that PhDs in India are dying.

It is not the case that our ministers are not aware of this situation. Recently, e-mails to both Kapil Sibal and Salman Khurshid were sent to bring to their attention the deteriorating conditions of higher legal education in India. Now it is upto these ministers to see what they can do to weed out the corruption widely prevalent in our educational system.

If the governmental will to eliminate corruption and irregularities of educational systems of India is missing the only option seems to be to establish more and more virtual campuses that can loosen the monopoly of few and reduce corruption in educational system of India.

Foreign educational institutions are already well versed with the virtual campus system and they may play a crucial role in establishing the same in India. It is also not the case that India is not capable of establishing such virtual campuses.

In fact, Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB) has already open the exclusive techno legal e-learning platform/virtual campus for courses like cyber law, cyber forensics, cyber security, etc for various stakeholders. Other similar initiatives may also be in pipeline.

However, there is an urgent need on the part of our ministers to analyse the current malpractices and vices that are plaguing Indian educational system and take corrective action so that India may be a hub for global education.