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The importance of Legal Aid and Awareness Campaigns as a mechanism for social progress is something that has been repeatedly stressed upon by the Government of India. In the backdrop of Poverty and Inequality, Legal Aid is an effective way towards attainment of the ideals of ‘Social, Economic and Political’ Justice that are enshrined in our Constitution under the Directive Principles of State Policy.

The Legal Aid Implementation Committee of the Government of India formed out of the constructive suggestions of the Bhagwati Committee on Jurisdicare of 1977 had envisaged the setting up of legal aid dispensation clinic in the various state – run law schools. Thirty years hence we stand in a situation where the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences can state that they have indeed met with the suggestions of this committee by way of its own Legal Aid Clinic.

The establishment of the National Law Universities in the various parts of the country has opened the gateway to work towards this cause in a greater way. Through a mutually beneficial process of exchange, awareness is spread amongst the masses about their legal rights and duties, and how to go about seeking the same, and students of law get exposed to the various problems associated with the ‘real world’, thereby gaining practical knowledge on the subject.

The entire purpose of setting nation wide collegiate clinics is to acclimatize several thousand law students of the nation to the problems faced by the masses ignorant about their rights and remedies under the law. The aim is indeed a noble one but there difficulties which still need to be addressed. The WBNUJS Legal Aid Cell is one successful beacon while there many more colleges where such beacons need to be lighted, many thousands whose legal dilemmas need to be efficiently addressed.

In the recently concluded ‘Intra-State Conference on Legal Networking in West Bengal’, held at The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences(WBNUJS), Prof. B.B. Pande, retired Faculty Advisor of the Legal Aid Society at The Delhi University Faculty of Law, which was the birthplace of the legal awareness campaigns in Law Universities, highlighted the importance of a systematic approach tempered with the right intention, and identified WBNUJS as having the most functional Legal Aid Clinic in India.

Our aim is to spread legal awareness among students and people at large. We seek to do this through public speaking, awareness camps, seminars, legal counseling, poster making and street plays. To further our cause we play an active role in the Coordinating Committee for Intra-State Networking of Law Schools, a program conceptualized by us, for law colleges in and around West Bengal. This program presently has members from 13 law colleges across the State.

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