On Sunday, Supreme Court Judge and Chancellor of the Maharashtra National Law University Nagpur, Justice Sharad Bobde said there was a proposal to launch a course in ‘nyaya shastra’ in Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU). Justice Sharad Bobde was speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony of the proposed permanent campus of the MNLU here, he also talked about the idea of setting up a judicial academy on the lines of National Defence Academy (NDA), which will produce only judges.
He said the course in ‘nyaya shastra’ will be introduced in MNLU in collaboration with the Sanskrit University, Ramtek for the students and lawyers.
He said “The guiding thought behind this is to bring to the forefront the great science of logic expounded in India for very long…Our legal system is operating under the Aristotelian logic. This logic apart from Aristotle was given up by Muslim scholar Al Faradi”.
“But somehow for some reason, the great science of logic embodied in the nyaya shastra has never been taught. I think mainly because of the language barrier. This university I believe is the first in India, but first in the world to have a course like this,” Justice Bobde said. He said that the model which we have in mind is that of the National Defence Academy (NDA)”.
The student who will pursue the program will enter the academy after school and after 5 to 6 years, will pass out completely trained in the art of being a judge. He will attend several courts in the course of his studies and become familiar in the functioning of the court.
“The idea is to provide first-class judges to the state…judges, who on the day they pass out, are qualified to handle any case in any court and if it comes to the national judicial services, capable of sitting in any court and anywhere in the country,” he said.
“This judicial academy is something we can all look forward to. It can give the government 50 judges per year and those judges will, of course, be granted job with the government on the basis of merit. It is an attempt to create a highly efficient working force of judges,” Justice Bobde said.
On MNLU, he said, “The idea behind MNLU was not to duplicate a law college, which Nagpur already has, but to have a university which is national in its outlook and character and attended by students and faculty from all over the country”.
Union minister Nitin Gadkari was also present at the occasion, he said that it has become the need of the hour to convert the knowledge into wealth and engage into intensive research on all important national and international legal issues. He said the standard of this university will meet international level.