PUNE: The Army Law College, Pune, a residential institute offering five years’ integrated BBA LLB course, was inaugurated by Lieutenant General DR Soni, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command on Monday.
The college is the second professional college to be established in Pune, by Indian Army, under the aegis of Army Welfare Education Society (AWES), after the Army Institute of Technology (AIT), Dighi. The college is affiliated to Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) and 60 children of serving and retired Army personnel have been granted admission for the current academic year 2018-19, based on their score in the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test for Law.
The college has been established on five-acre land gifted by Radha Kaliandas Daryanani Charitable Trust and consists of 12 buildings near village Kanhe, 45 km from Pune, on the old Pune-Mumbai highway.
Dr Madhushree Joshi will be the first Principal of the college, who is herself a gold medallist from Pune University.
The inaugural ceremony was attended by students of the first batch with their parents, Bombay High Court Justice (retd) DG Karnik, Dr Prem Daryanani, Trustee of Radha Kaliandas Daryanani Charitable Trust, senior Army Officers, veterans, college faculty, local residents and state government officials of the area.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Prem Daryanani highlighted the thought behind the donation and exhorted the corporates as well as the common citizens to share the responsibility towards the Army personnel who risk their lives to safeguard the borders in challenging conditions.
“We owe responsibility towards our armed forces. If they can sacrifice their lives for us, why cannot we extend our hand to help them and their families. We wanted to set an example for other civilians that our sentiments are with the Armed Forces and we are supporting you, both in war and peacetime. Gifting the land is not that important. What is important is the thought behind it. The army had offered to give monetary compensation for additional land they wanted but that would have defeated the purpose of gifting the property to the army,” he said. Retired Justice DG Karnik recounted long years of his judicial experience to highlight the challenges of the legal profession and how students need to prepare for it.
Lt Gen Soni, Army Commander, expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Radha Kaliandas Daryanani Charitable Trust for the invaluable gift given by them to start the college. He also thanked the Government of Maharashtra and SPPU for all support rendered for the establishment of the college, in a record time of less than a year.
He said that the army got the possession of the property in March year. “The government officials from various departments of the state, were very supportive as they reduce the time of bureaucratic procedures and these efforts by our army officials and various authorities of the State government, can be termed as nation building in a true sense,” he added.
He urged the students to work hard and focus on all-round development and be prepared to face the challenges waiting for them. The inaugural event was concluded by a vote of thanks by Lieutenant General Manoj Pande, patron of Army Law College and Chief of Staff, Headquarters Southern Command, who thanked individually all members who have worked tirelessly in ensuring that the college starts functioning in this academic year itself.
COLLEGE TO BE DEVELOPED IN 3 PHASES IN THE NEAR FUTURE
The first phase includes the renovation of existing buildings to accommodate students for first two years. The second phase will come up with a complete infrastructure of Army Law College to include administrative and academic blocks, additional hostel accommodation, indoor and outdoor recreational areas. The third and final phase will cater to the residential area for the staff of Army Law College. The college aims at providing state of the art infrastructure for students which will include smart classrooms, wi-fi zone, various sports facilities etc for ensuring an all-round development of students pursuing the course.