The Legal Aid Clinic of Jindal Global Law School (JGLS), O.P. Jindal Global University has won the 2017 Herbert Smith Freehills' Community Engagement Award for Community Investment through Legal Work along with a cash prize of £2,000. The award recognizes the outstanding team of law students at JGLS who worked closely with the community at large to bring sustainable social impact.
The awards programme invited entries from individuals or teams of students across all Indian law schools to showcase the contributions they are making in their communities. The two main categories included: community investment through legal work and community contribution through volunteering.
Congratulating student and faculty members on winning the prestigious community engagement award, JGU Vice-Chancellor, Professor (Dr) C. Raj Kumar, said, "This extraordinary achievement recognizes the outstanding work of the faculty members and students of Jindal Global Law School in the cause of legal empowerment and social justice. The Herbert Smith Freehills' Community Engagement Award for Community Investment through Legal Work is testament to the passion, commitment and dedication of our students and faculty to seek social change and contribute to social engineering through law and its instrumentalities."
Sushant Chandra, Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of the Legal Aid Clinic at JGLS, said, "The award is a huge testimony reflecting social commitment of our students to usher in social and economic justice in the society. The student members at the Legal Aid Clinic have helped in drafting PILs, setting up legal literacy camps, filing RTI applications and directly work with the communities around campus."
"Two of our student members recently argued an RTI appeal before the Information Commissioner and the Commissioner liked them so much that he instantly offered them an internship,'' he added.
The Legal Aid Clinic at JGLS has been spearheading different initiatives related to access to education, health, strengthening access to information and creating awareness through various legal awareness camps. The Right to Education initiative has already helped many children from economically weaker section in accessing to quality education.
JGLS faculty members Sushant Chandra and Ajay Pandey have essayed a pioneering role in the establishment of the Legal Aid Clinic at JGLS since 2009, whose philosophy and mission is to advance justice through the expansion of freedom.