Karachi, April 09, 2015 (PPI-OT): Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan has highlighted the importance and role of law education in a society for defending truth and justice. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto University of Law (SZABUL), the country’s first law university, here on Wednesday, he expressed confidence that SZABUL will achieve its academic goals and become a model institution of law education in the country in the leadership of Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Qazi Khalid Ali.
Dr Ebad said he is hopeful that this university will produce brilliant legal experts who will play their role in the development of the country. Sindh Governor said that the legal education was necessary in a civilised society since the law stood for truth and justice. He said the university should work on modern lines and achieve all goals and produce good lawyers.
He appreciated that business administration, economics and criminology departments are also being established at the university. Chief Justice Sindh High Court Justice Faisal Arab, judges, Tajikistan’s envoy Sher Ali and Adviser Higher Education Syed Wajahat Ali and legal experts attended the ceremony. Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court Faisal Arab said that legal education in the country was facing problems as most of the graduates from local law schools lacked advocacy skills.
He said that legal education in Pakistan had yet to reach the level achieved by law schools of South East Asia. The chief justice said that Pakistani students were competent enough to get admissions to foreign law schools, but the graduates from local law schools did not possess legal education of the requisite standards. Only a few fresh lawyers gained good quality of professional skills and that too by working hard with seniors, he said.
He was of the opinion that adopting only part time method of teaching will take us nowhere even if we established 20 more law universities. The permanent faculty members have more time to study themselves and then deliver lectures and they also can effectively participate in process of reviewing curriculum periodically, he added.
The chief justice said it was imperative that law schools endeavour to achieve a high level of legal education, adding that instead of considering graduation degree sufficient, the law schools must take admissions test before giving admission to students.
He further said that expectations from this university were high and expressed the hope that the vice chancellor sincerely make efforts to equip the university with all necessary requirements which a university of modern era supposed to have and every care must be taken to select law faculty that should be capable of imparting quality legal education to students.
The vice-chancellor of the university, Qazi Khalid, said that the foundation stone of the university was laid last month in Korangi and it would be completed in February, 2018. However, he said, the government had provided a building in Clifton to start the 1st academic sessions. The ambassador of Tajikistan, Sher Ali Jononov, and others also spoke.
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Syed Wajahat Ali
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