NUJS has a diverse and vibrant student community from all over India, including several foreign nationals. While the key focus is on academics, NUJS also has a highly developed sports and cultural programme, with teams regularly excelling at various national level competitions. Student societies of NUJS organize five major annual events — the literary-cum-cultural extravaganza, Outlawed, Invicta (national sports fest), the NUJS-Herbert Smith National Corporate Law Moot Court Competition, and the NUJS Parliamentary Debate. These events attract enormous participation from the best law schools in the country. Student societies also conduct popular year-round competitions in music, dance, painting, quizzing, debating, creative writing and sports.
NUJS holds tournaments not just in mainstream sports such as cricket, football and volleyball, but even sports like dodge-ball and kabaddi. Adding colour to life at NUJS are the western and eastern music bands, which have proved their mettle at competitions all across the country. NUJS also has a vibrant SPICMACAY chapter, and has hosted performers like Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma and Smt. Shovana Narain. Writer's Block, the college magazine, contains campus news, and contributions in prose and poetry, giving students with literary inclinations the chance to showcase their skills.
Nor do NUJS students neglect their social responsibilities. The Legal Aid Society provides a platform for students to apply the skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom and meaningfully contribute to the community. The Society takes up legal causes of indigent people either independently or in association with other organizations, assists other law schools in setting up their legal aid clinics and programmes, organizes legal awareness camps and street plays in urban and rural areas, and conducts adult education and legal awareness courses for mess, housekeeping, security and other supporting staffs of NUJS. We have also begun assisting pro bono lawyers from Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) in pending cases before the Juvenile Justice Board in Kolkata. NUJS believes that it is only such holistic legal education that can create the well-rounded leaders of tomorrow.
The Student Juridical Association (SJA) is the organization of students to promote co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. The NUJS student body happens to be one of the most active, aware and vibrant student collective among all Indian law schools. The SJA contributes to this vibrancy by enabling students to explore crucial issues confronting the student life as well as the legal profession, while at the same time enabling students to take advantage of the excellent opportunities that NUJS offers inside the beyond its campus.
In addition, being a part of SJA is also chance for students to engage in leadership roles by representing the interests of their fellow students in front of the administration. Engaging in active debates and dialogue develops a strong sense of empathy and understanding among everybody to stand up for each other's right and create a better society.
Since students form an integral part of the day to day running of the University, various societies have been created for the organization of events and managing of students' activities. The nature and variety of the societies depend on the interest and initiative of students, for which Faculty Advisors are assigned in appropriately. The societies, can broadly be categorized as societies that are a part of the Student Juridical Association and societies that are not.
Convenor: Aryan Agrawal
Co-Convenor: Adrija Ghosh, Parva Khare
Treasurer: Alex Koshy
The MCS is the student committee entrusted with the responsibility of administering mooting activities and upholding the high standards of excellence that the NUJS has set itself. The MCS' role is to facilitate and regulate University mooting by planning, organising and executing the various moot court competitions that are hosted by the NUJS.
MCS is also tasked with constituting the University Moot Team, a process which stretches over 2 months and incorporates 3 rounds of mooting, culminating in a ranking of those selected to represent the University at various national and international moots. NUJS Moot teams have frequently performed excellently at the most prestigious international moots such as the Philip C. Jessup Moot, the Willem C. Vis Arbitration Moot, the Willem C. Vis (East) Arbitration Moot, Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot, Stetson International Environmental Law Moot, the LawAsia Moot and the Commonwealth Moot.
The MCS organises extensive workshops and demonstrations to enable students to learn the process of mooting thereby promoting an active interest in mooting as part of law school life.
Convenor: Ananya Kumar
Co-Convenor: Ayana Banerjee
Treasurer: Aastha Malhotra
The Literary and Debating Society of NUJS has carved out quite the niche for itself in the sphere of debating, quizzing and associated activities. Largely an organizational society, it organizes the NUJS PD, the largest Asian Parliamentary Debate in the country. The NUJS Open Quiz organized during Outlawed is also one of LDS' foremost events. Besides organizing General Body events such as the Debating Premier League, the LDS handles allotments of teams for various debates and quizzes. In recent years, given the spurt in enthusiasm for debating within campus, the LDS has correspondingly held demo debates, adjudication workshops and has contributed to NUJS' reputation as one of the more visible and successful debating colleges.
Convenor: Saurav Rajurkar
Co-Convenor: Prajjwal Kushwaha, Sreeja Sengupta
Treasurer: Yashwardhan Tiwari, Jayanth BJ
The cultural committee is one of the biggest societies in NUJS organising multiple events focusing on both, the general body participation as well as inter college competitions. Tasked with constituting the University Music, Dance and Theatre teams, the Committee takes avid interests in organising extra-curricular activities relating as art, music, dance and dramatics. The Committee also focuses on celebrating the diverse cultures in college by celebrating ethnic events round the years including the cultural food week, the dandiya night, the Lohri bonfire and the NUJS cultural night.
Convenor: Paul Thottan
The Magazine Committee is an SJA society established with the mandate of providing a platform for non-academic writing to the student body. The Committee , in addition to event specific newsletters, publishes two flagship writing pieces: the Hearsay, published quarterly, which keeps Noojies up-to-date with happenings in and around college; and the Writers Block, a semesterly publication that allows students to write about anything and everything under the sun. The Committee’s objective however is not restricted to motivating students to discover their flair for writing but also extends to helping them express themselves even via other media. In furtherance of the same, the Committee has initiated the Discourse Series, where members of the general body come forth to share their ideas with their contemporaries.
The other events conducted by the Committee include Behna and Bhaiya of the Batch (a Raksha Bandhan special, where the college goes on a voting spree to show their sibling love), Hostel Safari (a guided tour of the jungle that is the Boys’ Hostel, offered to select lucky ladies), Anonymush (spreading a little more love, this time, non-platonic; and as the name suggests, anonymously) and organising movie screenings. The Committee is also part of the Outlawed Organising Committee and hosts a treasure hunt-cum-crossword contest-cum-literary quiz-cum-spelling bee event titled Survival of the Wittiest. Apart from its writing pieces and the events, the Committee is also involved in the production of Yearbooks for the graduating batch, every year, to be presented to them at their Convocation. The Magazine Committee has not only successfully undertaken these activities in the past but also hopes to expand its presence in the future.
Convenor: Prashant Shukla
Co-Convenor: Abhidipto Tarafder
Treasurer: Sibashish Misra
The NUJS Sports Committee is one of the most active SJA Committee, organising events all year round. It engages students of the University in sporting events ranging from indoor events like chess, carom, foosball, pool and table tennis to outdoor events such as kabaddi, cricket, football, basketball, volleyball, athletics, tug-of-war, throwball, frisbee, badminton, tennis and swimming. These events are organised on campus, at Netaji Subhash Eastern Center of the Sports Authority of India, the Salt Lake Stadium, the Bengal Tennis Association and FC Block Cricket Ground.
The flagship event of the Sports Committee is the Annual Sports Festival, INVICTA. It is the largest law school sports festival in the country. INVICTA'17 is going to be the 11th edition of the fest. This year, the Committee is also set to organise the very first edition of ParaINVICTA, an annual sports festival for the differently-abled students.
Convenor: Agastya Sen
Co-Convenor: Divyesh Rao,Muskan Arora
Treasurer: Nihal Tandon
The NUJS MUN Society is a platform for all those students of NUJS who are interested in Model UN, an extra-curricular activity that has gained prominence over the years for promoting awareness and knowledge about issues of global interest, international affairs and foreign policy. Other than conducting workshops and exhibition committees in college itself, the MUN Society organizes one of the premier conferences in India - NUJSMUN.
Convenor: Anirudh Goyal
Co-Convenor: Aditi Vasani, Neelam Tripathi
Treasurer: Karan Singh Brar, Kabir Walia
The Informal Discussion Group, better known as the IDG is a society which comes under the constitutional ambit of the Student’s Juridical Association of the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences. The society was established by a small group of students back in 2010, with the aim of inviting dignitaries from all walks of life and providing a select group of students the opportunity to interact with them. Keeping in line with this objective, the IDG has, till date, successfully conducted 41 sessions with luminaries from different arenas of life. The discussions are held in a closed door-no media environment, which enables our guests to engage in candid discussions with the students. The experience and expertise of the speakers allows the students to gain valuable insights into issues of great import and relevance. Some of our guests include Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Shri M.K. Narayanan, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Dr. Subramanian Swamy, Justice Michael Kirby, Shri Mohan Bhagwat, Smt. Usha Uthup, Mr. P. Sainath and Shri Baichung Bhutia. Each of our guests has been a source of unparalleled information and revelations, greatly supplanting the culture of debate and discussions, which are integral to life at a law school.
Convenor: Mishi Malhotra
Co-Convenor: Jasmine Khan, Ankit Pal
Treasurer: Tamalika Bera
Faculty Advisor: Kavita Singh
The Society for Advancement of Criminal Justice (SACJ), NUJS has been one of the most active academic societies in the area of Criminal Law. Having a very interesting and socially significant field as the core element of the society, it provides to the future lawyers and lawmakers an opportunity to understand the threats to criminal justice in the social framework and develop strategies to mitigate them.
Director: Anannya Jain, Vidisha Ambade
Treasurer: Alok Agrawal,Aryaman Jagdhari
The ADR Society, founded in 2016, is a direct manifestation of the robust culture of academic discourse and interest in diverse pedagogy prevalent at NUJS. The society, is a student-run initiative and the first to provide non-academic insight into ADR at the University. In its short tenure, the ADR society has successfully organised NUJS's first Internal Negotiation Competition, which not only introduced students to a hitherto unfamiliar form of dispute resolution but was also used as a benchmark to determine the University teams which shall represent NUJS at various National and International ADR competitions in the coming year.
The Society also has a number of other activities in the pipeline, including a Mediation Training Program in collaboration with ADR-ODR International to be held in September, 2016. This is a unique opportunity for students and professionals alike, to gain the prestigious ADR-ODR International Accreditation for Civil and Commercial Mediation, recognised by the Civil Mediation Council. The Society is also setting up a flourishing blog to encourage informal discourse on ADR. The Society consists of a team of around 20 students lead by fifth year students Paavni Anand and Akshit Goyal, under the watchful mentorship of faculty advisor, Mr. Anirban Chakraborty.
Convenor: Pankaj Agarwal
Co-Convenor: Manjari Rathore, Anushna Mishra
Treasurer: Siddharth Kejriwal
The Law and Contemporary Affairs Society at NUJS is a committee dedicated to exploring the confluence of the Law and relevant present-day issues that bear importance in a law student’s life beyond the one developed in a purely academic context. The LCAS thus organizes various events that address contemporary issues that may be social, cultural or political in nature, while striving to maintain a balance between academic passion and cultural awareness. The events it conducts are (and are not limited to) panel discussions, guest lectures, debates, quizzes, etc(featuring both, NUJS students as well as prominent personalities from different fields), NUJS’ talent show, ‘Games Nights’, the NUJS Pop Quiz, film screenings, Kolkata Food Walk and the NUJS Amazing Race organized as a part of the college’s annual fest,a citywide treasure hunt modelled on the TV show of the same name.
Convenor: Anuja Ramugade
Co-convenor: Aarushi Jain, Divyansh Sharma
Treasurer: Eisha Kalra
With the motto of "reduce- reuse- recycle" Nature Committee better known as Natcom works towards making NUJS campus more environmental friendly. The main objective of the Nat Com is to sensitize the student body on the importance of such values, given the issues the world faces today. Nat Com in the past has organised plantation drives. It is also responsible for the waste segregation program successfully running on the campus. Natcom has a tie up with 'Vital Waste' and works for recycling of paper and plastic used in campus. Reduction of paper use and beautification of campus are some of areas for which Natcom actively works.
Director: Devashri Mishra, Sachi Shah
Treasurer: Anshul Dalmia, Nihal Tandon
Advisory Member: Varun Kannan
CLS serves as a platform for students to engage in further research and understanding of Constitutional Law. The Society has been extremely successful in this endeavour, with having conducted multiple events which fostered greater interest and promoting research and scholarship in constitutional law among the students.The CLS organises a number major Lectures each year such as the reputed D.D. Basu Endowment Lecture where speakers such as Dr. Upendra Baxi, Martha Nussbaum etc have delivered lectures on contemporary constitutional issues. and the D.D. Basu Essay Competition which attracts participation from almost all leading law schools in India. The CLS also organises the reputed M.K. Nambyar Memorial lecture with the support of Senior Advocate K.K. Venugopal where speakers such Honourable Justice Sonam Tobgye, the former Chief Justice of Bhutan, deliver the lecture every year.
The CLS also organises the Legislative Drafting Competition which attracts entries from across the country amongst other events such as the Mock Parliament, Constitutional Law Quiz, various lectures and panel discussions on issues relating to Constitutional Law. The CLS also runs its the NUJS CLS Blog where extremely well researched articles relating to contemporary Constitutional topics and interviews of Constitutional luminaries such as K.K. Venugopal are published. The Society has also been recognised and awarded the best Non-SJA Committee in the previous years by the University.
Director: Tanusmita Ghosal, Anushka Mehrotra
Associate Director: Shreyas Shridhar,Parva Khare
Treasurer: Ravi Shankar
The Society of International Law and Policy (SILP) is an academic society which seeks to provide a platform for discussion and deliberation on various pertinent issues on international law and policy. Being an academic society, SILP has previously conducted discussions, seminars, and various other workshops, on matters ranging from adoption rights to environmental law. These talks were graced by the presence of legal luminaries such as Hon’ble Justice (Retd.) Altamas Kabir, Dr. Ved P. Nanda, Prof. Armin Rosencranz, Sumit Ganguly, C Raja Mohan, Prof. V. Umakanth, Amb. Rakesh Sood, Amb. Neelam Deo, Amb. Arundhati Ghose, UNHCR Chef de Mission Mr. Hans Schroder, et al. We also run a blog, on which our members contribute regularly.
Director: Drishti Das, Anjanesh Vatsa
NUJS Intellectual Property and Technology Laws Society (IPTLS) has had a long and illustrious record in organizing international conferences, introductory workshop for students and essay competitions. The society has also been involved in research projects and advocacy programmes in association with the Ministry of HRD IP Chair at NUJS. The objectives of the IPTLS is to conduct research on contemporary issues relating to Intellectual Property and Technology Laws, spread awareness of such laws both within and outside the university by conducting workshops and seminars and organizing various Intellectual Property and Technology Laws related activities both within and outside the university.
Director: Swarna Sengupta
Assistant Director: Aditi Vasani
Editor: Abhisekh Hazari, Jasel Mundhra, Rohit Dhalaria, Roma Bhojani
The Society for International Trade and Competition Law (SITC) is an academic society of the W.B. National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata composed of faculty members and students of NUJS to contribute towards the development of international trade and competition laws in India. This is done by undertaking meaningful research in these areas of law. The society also endeavours at creating awareness about various burning issues concerning trade and competition by organising workshops, seminars, lectures, trainings programmes, and encouraging the legal community to engage with the issues pertaining to these fields in essay competitions and paper presenations on a periodic basis. Apart from this, SITC also boasts of having assisted the Government of India in formulating certain policies involving competition law aspects.
Co-ordinator: Amrita Ghosh, Unnati Jhunjhunwala
Associate Co-ordinator: Mohd Khalfan, Shivangi Sanjay
Treasurer: Shambuk Biswas
The NUJS Legal Aid Society is a student run society which focuses on providing legal aid and
generating legal awareness among the masses across West Bengal, under its flagship project, the
Legal Aid clinic. In the past few years, the Society has expanded its ambit from just legal aid to a
range of different undertakings, and has worked with various organizations across West Bengal
in the process. Over the years, the Clinic has successfully advised 30 clients on a variety of legal
queries. Moreover, the society’s collaboration with the Indian Mediation Week, enabled the
members to participate in mediation drives which helped resolving a number of cases across
Over the past year, the members engaged in an empirical research project focusing on the
implementation of the mandate under Section 12(1)(c) of the Right to Education Act in private
schools across Kolkata, and are currently in the process of finalizing the report on the data
collected. The society members also visited Darjeeling earlier this year to understand the nature
of legal disputes that are faced by the locals and document their daily lives.
The society has also provided a platform for the students of the university to work for various
research and empirical endeavours under the Shadhinota project, which is a collaborative effort
by the NUJS Students and the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, dedicated to ensuring
access to justice to inmates of correctional homes.
Further, the Society has forged strong relationship with the queer community by working with
queer rights organizations across West Bengal. Several society members extended their
assistance in drafting and hosting a community consultation on the university’s Trans-Policy
which is currently awaiting approval. The Society also hosted a community consultation on the
Transgender (Protection of Rights) Bill.
In the academic year 2018-19, the Society is looking forward to working on various new projects
on emerging legal issues and collaborating with organizations with aligning interests.
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