SLS, Hyderabad inaugurated the ‘Legal Aid Cell’ in the Law School campus to provide free legal aid, advice and to create awareness among the masses in the nearby vicinity. The ceremony was graced with the presence of Mr. Suryanarayana Murthy, Senior Civil Judge, Shadnagar, Mr. Kalmeshwar, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Shadnagar zone, Mr. Navin Reddy, Sarpanch of 8 villages and Vice chairman, Zilla Parishad, Mr. R Jagan Mohan, Chairperson Bar Association, Shadnagar.
Mr. Suryanarayana Murthy inaugurated the Legal Aid Cell and marked the beginning of the ceremony by lighting the lamp, followed by felicitation of the dignitaries by Dr. Sukhvinder Singh Dari, the Deputy Director of Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad.
Dr. Sukhvinder Singh Dari welcomed and introduced the guests to the culture and zeal of Symbiosis, which is to spread awareness and provide free legal aid. Dr. Shankar Rao, faculty in-charge of legal aid cell highlighted the problem of pendency of cases in lower courts in India and stated that there is a need to resolve disputes via alternative media. More importantly he stated that, legal aid and awareness is perhaps the media to prevent disputes to be piled in the court of law. He expressed a need for Judiciary, Bar, Police and Academia to work together to fulfill the dreams of the democracy.
The guest of honour Mr. Suryanarayana Murthy expressed the need for spreading awareness amongst the citizens of India and highlighted the role of law schools in bringing social change. He also mentioned the Legal Services Authorities Act and its mandate; the state has to provide free legal aid to the poor and needy. He further assured that the court and the legal service authorities shall accord maximum cooperation to the legal aid cell at Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad.
Mr. Kalmeshwar, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Shadnagar circle also congratulated SLS, Hyderabad for its initiative and assured maximum cooperation. Mr. R. Jagan Mohan, highlighted the need to have good colleges imparting quality education. He congratulated students for being part of Symbiosis where the quality is bench marked with a combination of expertise, justice and service.
The programme concluded by vote of thanks by Dr. Shankar Rao, the faculty in-charge of legal aid cell.