Law College Dehradun, Faculty of Uttaranchal University, has been linked with the Pro-Bono Legal Services Scheme of the Department of Justice, Government of India by establishing a Pro-Bono club in the college on 29 September 2022. It was inaugurated by the District and Sessions Judge and Chairman of the District Legal Services Authority, Mr. Pradeep Pant, Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, Senior Civil Judge, Mr. Harsh Yadav, Chancellor of the University, Shri Jitendra Joshi, Vice-President Prof (Dr) Satbir Singh Sehgal and Vice-Chancellor Prof (Dr) Dharam Buddhi were present as special guests. The event was conducted in hybrid mode. Ms Mahima Khera, Program Associate from the Department of Justice, Government of India, participated in this program online.
At the outset, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the university Prof (Dr) Rajesh Bahuguna stated that the Pro Bono Legal services programme was launched in April 2017. An initiative of the Department of Justice, which aimed at fulfilling the Department’s critical mandate of enhancing “access to justice” for marginalised sections of society and the State’s constitutional obligation of providing “free legal aid” for all. The programme seeks to put in place an institutional structure that will promote pro-bono culture in India. On one hand, the programme would facilitate the delivery of quality legal assistance to the marginalised communities, on the other hand, it would ensure that lawyers who volunteer their valuable time and service, towards this public service, are duly recognized for their contribution.
While addressing the function, Secretary, Legal Aid Authority, Mr Harsh Yadav underlined the importance of the Nyaya-Bandhu and Tele law project. He emphasized better coordination between the Pro-Bono Club, Law College Dehradun and State Legal Aid Authority for achieving the objectives of this project. The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof (Dr) Dharma Buddhi said that more than 5500 alumni are our property after taking education from Law College Dehradun. A record will be set by the university by connecting the maximum number of alumni to the Nyaya Bandhu scheme.
The Chief Guest of the function, Shri Pradeep Pant, District and Sessions Judge, Dehradun in his address thanked the organisers of the function and said that providing free legal aid is a national obligation as per the Directive Principles of the Constitution. Nyaya-Bandhus have an important role in the legal aid movement. Law students will act as a bridge in this direction by using their knowledge of the law and modern technology. Describing the Indian Constitution as the most important event in Indian history, Shri Pant advised the Pro-Bono Club to work as a social and technical platform to fulfill the objectives of the Constitution.
Prof (Dr) Poonam Rawat, Kumar Ashutosh, Dr Anil Dixit, Abhiranjan Dixit, Aman Rab, Shiva Verma, Rajat Dua, Shankar Sharma and hundreds of faculty members and students were present on the occasion.