CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Cabinet on Tuesday paved the way for the establishment of a law university in the border district of Tarn Taran to commemorate the 400th Birth Anniversary of the Ninth Sikh Guru Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji, as announced by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh during the Budget Session of the Vidhan Sabha.

The Cabinet, under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, approved the ‘Sri Guru Teg Bahadur State University of Law Bill – 2020’ for presentation in the forthcoming session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha.

The draft Bill, prepared by the Department of Higher Education, seeks “to establish and incorporate a State University for the development and advancement of legal education and for the purposes of imparting specialized and systematic instruction, training and research in the field of law and for the matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.”

The objects of the University shall be to evolve and impart comprehensive legal education at all levels, to organise advanced studies and promote research in all branches of law, as well as to disseminate legal knowledge and legal processes and their role in national development by organizing lectures, seminars, symposia, webinars, workshops and conferences. It will also seek to promote cultural, legal and ethical values with a view to promote and foster the rule of law, the objectives enshrined in the Constitution of India and to promote legal awareness in the community for achieving social and economic justice.

Other objectives of the University would be: to improve the ability with a view to analyze and present for the benefit of the public, contemporary issues of public concern and their legal implications; to liaison with institutions of higher learning and research in India and abroad; to publish periodicals, treatises, study books, reports, journals and other literature on all subjects relating to law; to hold examinations and confer degrees and other academic distinctions; to undertake study and training projects relating to law, legislation and judicial institutions; and to do all such things as are incidental, necessary or conducive to the attainment of all or any of the objectives of the University.

The University’s Governing Council, to be chaired by the Vice Chancellor, shall be the plenary authority of the University, and shall formulate and review from time to time the policies and programmes of the University and also devise measures for the improvement and development of the University, among other functions.

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