Justice NV Ramana while delivering the convocation address of 4th, 5th, 6th and 7 th Convocation ceremony of Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU), remarked on various aspects of being a lawyer.
Justice Ramana addressed the issues of sub-standard colleges. He mentioned that 1.50 lakh law students graduate every year from nearly 1500 colleges but merely 25% fresh out of law college graduates are prepared for the profession.
He highlighted the vast number of cases pending in various courts and commented, “One of the consequences of poor quality of legal education in the country is the exploding pendency in the country”.
He further added, “This is no way a comment on the graduates themselves, who certainly possess the required attributes to be successful lawyers. Rather, it is a comment on large number of sub-standard legal educational institutions in the country which are colleges merely in name”.
He also mentioned that the Judiciary has taken a note of the worrying trend of sub-standard colleges in India and is attempting to rectify the same. Justice Ramana remarked that young graduates are ‘social engineers’ because law is considered as ‘an instrument of social change’.
He further commented, “The most vulnerable are often the victims of human rights atrocities, by either the State or by anti-social elements. As young advocates, you are best placed to strongly oppose the same through legal action. You must be the conscience bearers of the nation. Educate people as to their rights, and provide legal guidance whenever you can. These are heavy burdens to bear, but I am sure you are all strong enough to bear it.”
Addressing Damodar Sanjivayya, former CM of Andhra Pradesh and Minister of Labour for the Government of India, Justice Ramana shed light on his exemplary life and his unquestioned integrity. Justice Ramana further acknowledged his numerous path-breaking initiatives including the establishment of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).
In his motivational speech, he reminisced his graduation days and his struggle as a first- generation lawyer. He also compared his days with today and acknowledged that the availability of resources and unlimited access to information can help the lawyers of today to innovate and improve the system and society.
Justice Ramana is the senior most apex court who has been recommended for appointment as the 48th Chief Justice of India.