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The Centre of Excellence on Consumer Laws (CECL) was set up within a year of the commencement of the IFIM Law School in the year 2016. The CECL endeavours to look at the consumer laws and the legal process from the perspective of providing justice to the consumers.

The Centre being a research unit of IFIM Law School has been actively involved in organizing guest lectures, workshops, seminars on various issues and challenges faced by a consumer in the Indian market. In addition to that the Centre annually offers a Certificate Course on Consumer Laws.

Among the programmes organized by the Centre during the past years was a talk delivered by Mr. V. Rajesh Kumar, Director, Piracy & Data Protection officer in HCL Technologies on E-commerce; a Workshop on Consumer Awareness to provide awareness on three important consumer areas such as E-commerce, Misleading Advertisements and Medical Negligence; a National Seminar on Consumer Protection: Issues and Challenges. The Centre on March 23rd 2019 in collaboration with Online Consumer Mediation Centre (OCMC), NLSIU Bangalore conducted the National Seminar on Deliberations on Consumer Laws: Contemporary Issues & Challenges in Global Market”




Centre Head
Ms.Shivani Dutta

Assistant Professor
IFIM Law School shivani.dutta@ifim.edu.in

Student Members

  • Ishan Sodhani, 4th year BBA.LLB
  • Suyash Singh Rathore, 4th year BBA.LLB
  • Mahesh Palla, 4th year BBA.LLB
  • Ms. Sakshi Prasad, 4th year BBA.LLB
  • Kulkarni Ruta, 4th year BBA.LLB
  • Amogh Tiwari, 3rd year BBA.LLB
  • Sakshi Gupta, 2nd year BBA.LLB
  • Shreeya Rao, 2nd year BBA.LLB
  • Megha Menon, 2nd year BBA.LLB
  • Srija, 2nd year BBA.LLB
  • Sai Kiran, 2nd year BBA.LLB
  • Achuth, 2nd year BBA.LLB
  • Twinkle Kumari, 1st year BBA.LLB
  • Niharika Agrawal, 1st year BBA.LLB
  • Aadarsh Sharma, 1st year BBA.LLB
  • Shradha Patnaik, 1st year BBA.LLB
  • Meghashree S Pataje, 1st year BBA.LLB
  • Akshay Shams, 1st year BBA.LLB

IFIM Law School, a promising legal institution; is making fast strides in the horizon of legal education. The Alternate Dispute Resolution Cell was set up in the year 2018 in IFIM Law School. It is a complete student run body functioning under the guidance of Asst. Prof. Apoorvi Shrivastava, Faculty Coordinator with an avowed objective of developing skills regarding various ADR mechanisms among students and entire legal fraternity through practical training, workshops, papers and discussions.

Events conducted by the Centre:

  • CDR Workshop (7th-8th September 2018)

Alternative Dispute Resolution Cell (ADR Cell) in association with The Peacekeeping and Conflict Resolution Team (PACT), organised a boot camp on Consensual Dispute Resolution (CDR) on 7th-18th September 2018

In the two days of the brainstorming and scintillating workshop, the participants were given the basics of what differentiates litigation from CDR and an overview of the benefits. Multiple role-plays with real-life problems, allowing the participants to get a feel of what a real CDR session may or is most likely to entail.

Participation and feedback received about the workshop was highly positive and overwhelming. The unique blend of theoretical and practical aspects and learning by fun was really appreciated. Everyone in unison agreed that the workshop was highly useful.



  • Intra-Deal Negotiation Competition (5th April 2019)

On April 5th, 2019 ADR Cell organised an extensive brainstorming and exuberating session on negotiation. Students from IFIM Business School, IFIM College and IFIM Law School went head to head to crack a favourable settlement in deal negotiation for their team. Total 20 teams participated in the event and was adjudged by panel of 14 Judges coming from various mediation centre, academia and law firm’s representatives. All the participants were given negotiation training on 27th March 2019 before the final competition by Mr. Jonathan Rodrigues, Mediation Lawyer.

Ms. Nidhi Chauhan and Ms. Fathima Rifa from IFIM Law School emerged as the winner. Ms. Swetha G of IFIM College was Best Client and Mr. Laksh Vohra and Ms. Preethi were declared as Best Counsel of the Competition. Winners awarded with Rs. 2000 cash prize and a rolling trophy. All participants agreed in unison that it was a great learning experience with practical exposure.

VISION
“To empower women and children to live with dignity by striving to achieve secure society - free from all kinds of violence and discrimination”.

Mission

  • Creating awareness amongst women and children about their rights;
  • Empowering and educating them to raise voice against all sorts of discrimination, abuse and violence;
  • Aiding through legal machineries to fight for their justice;
  • Creating a platform to stand against gender bias/ sexual abuse/ human trafficking/ labour and all forms of cruelty on women/children;
  • Working towards creating a better environment for both the genders to work and live together and develop the nation in true sense of Equality

Activities undertaken by CEWCL during 2017-18: One Day Panel Discussion Topic: “Ucc In India: And Endeavour Towards Gender Equality”

The Centre of Excellence for Women, Child and the Law (CEWCL) at IFIM Law College inaugurated its Centre and logo on 28th October 2017. This Centre which is a venture of IFIM Law College has a vision “to empower women and children to live with dignity by striving to achieve secure society - free from all kinds of violence and discrimination”.

To carry forward its vision, the CEWCL planned to have a discussion on an issue of topical importance and executed a platform to deliberate on Uniform Civil Code and its step seeking gender equality.

On 28th October, 2017 the CEWCL under the guidance of faculty- coordinator Prof Shagufta Anjum organized a panel discussion on the topic “Ucc In India: And Endeavour Towards Gender Equality”. This one-day panel discussion consisted of learned professionals from the field of Law such as;


First Panel Session Was On The Topic ‘Constitutional Perspective Of Ucc’.

1. Ms. Geetha Menon
Senior Associate
Pramila Associates,
Bangalore.

2. Mr. Satya Prasoon
Advocate & Researcher
Centre For Law & Policy Research (Clpr)
Bangalore.

3. Dr. Vedashree
Principal
Oxford Law College
Bangalore.

4. Dr. Prashanth Desai
Assistant Professor
National Law School Of India University
Bangalore.

Second Panel Session Was On The Topic ‘Ucc And Conflict Of Personal Laws’

1. Mr. Mohammed Afeef
Advocate & Researcher
Alternative Law Forum (Alf)
Bangalore.

2. Dr. Corinne Kumar
Founder- President
World Courts Of Women
(Vimochana), Ngo
Bangalore.

3. Mr. Krishnat P Bhat
Hon’ble District & Sessions Judge
Bangalore

4. Mrs.Musarrath Banu
Associate Professor And Head - Department Of Sociology,
Al- Ameen Arts, Science And Commerce College
Bangalore.

First session:
The first session focused on the concept of uniform civil code from a Constitutional angle wherein the esteemed panelists gave their perspectives about the plight of citizens amidst their personal laws and the reality that ‘transition is the need of the hour though it is very painful’. They also spoke on the law Commission of India reports narrating few landmark judgments on UCC and its application. Further it was also put forth before the audience that “No fundamental right is absolute and the hurdles in implementing UCC as it conflicts with the fundamental rights.

Second session:
The second session mostly focused on the concept of uniform civil code from a personal law perspective wherein the esteemed panelists deliberated on the same in the light of Sharia laws, Hindu Laws and the rile of judiciary in drawing a balance between these conflicting laws and fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution of India.

The whole deliberation concluded on the following observations leaving the audience to delve and discuss upon them in a more logical manner:

Observations:
1. Whether ‘Secularism’ denotes ‘No supremacy of one religion’ or ‘having one religion as State religion’?
2. Whether UCC assures to bring gender equality as envisaged by the present government?
3. Whether UCC aims at solving gender injustice found in personal laws or creating new set of gender bias laws?
4. What parameters should the Parliament keep in mind while framing UCC?
5. Whether UCC will apply to all religions irrespective of their minority/majority/backward status and customary practices?
6. Whether UCC under Article 44 justifies or encroaches upon the right to religion guaranteed under Article 25 of the constitution of India?

Conclusion:
The whole deliberation concluded on a note that, gender equality or gender justice cannot be achieved by forcing the people to accept UCC with a fraction of second. Society is awakening and raising its voice to such indiscriminate practices which go derogatory against Women as General and not in particular to Muslim Women. A lot of deliberations and discourse on such personal issues need to be done before adopting UCC.

The panel discussion concluded with Valedictory session wherein, Mr. B M Raju, Additional Registrar and retired District Judge, Karnataka Human Rights Commission distributed ‘Certificate of Participation’ to the audience comprising students and faculties from Alliance School of Law, Bishop Cotton Women’s Christian law College, M S Ramaiah Law College, V.V Puram College of Law, IFIM UG college and IFIM Law College.


First Panel Discussion Session: (Left To Right) Mr. Satya Prasoon (Advocate & Researcher, Centre For Law & Policy Research (Clpr); Ms. Geetha Menon (Senior Associate Pramila Associates, Bangalore); Mr. Pritam Ghosh (Moderator); Dr. Vedashree (Principal, Oxford Law College, Bangalore); Dr. Prashanth Desai (Assistant Professor, National Law School Of India University, Bangalore)


Second Panel Discussion Session: (Left To Right) Mrs.Musarrath Banu (Associate Professor & Head – Department Of Sociology, Al- Ameen Arts, Science And Commerce College); Dr. Corinne Kumar (Founder- President World Courts Of Women (Vimochana), Ngo; Mr. Pritam Ghosh (Moderator); Mr. Krishnat P Bhat (Hon’ble District & Sessions Judge Bangalore); Mr. Mohammed Afeef (Advocate & Researcher Alternative Law Forum (Alf) Bangalore.


Valedictory Session: (Left To Right): Mr. Raju (Deputy Registrar, State Human Rights Commission) Being Felicitated By Dr. Venugopal (Principal, IFIM Law School).

International Women’s Day Celebration – 8th March 2018
Centre Of Excellence For Women Child And The Law (Cewcl), Ifim Law College Celebrated International Women’s Day On 8th March 2018.

Second Panel Session Was On The Topic ‘Ucc And Conflict Of Personal Laws’

1. Ms. Meera C. Saksena
Former Chairperson & Member
Karnataka State Human Rights Commission (Kshrc)
Bangalore.

2. Ms. Shilpasharad Shrikhande
Attorney & Mediator (Also With Bangalore Mediation Center)
Shilpasharad & Co. (Mediation Centre & Law Office)
Bangalore.

3. Dr. Venugopal B. S
Principal
Ifim Law College

4. Mr. Sirish Tamvada
Dean
Ifim Law College



The International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated by UN every year to mark the achievements of Woman in various field based on different themes. This year the Official theme being #pressforprogress (press forward and progress gender parity) and Official colour PURPLE depicting dignity and justice which IWD aims to achieve for all women in all parts of the world.

The Chief Guest addressed the gathering on the dual role of women in the society as bread earner as well as the home maker. She stressed on the importance of educating a girl child and the need to have an equal society for both men and women. She cautioned the audience about laws favouring women being misused and thereby diluting the object behind those enactments. She urged the audience to be more rational in their approach towards upliftment of women, bringing gender parity and Justice.

The Guest of Honour enriched the audience with the aspects of Feminism, gender equality, role of woman in every human being’s life. She narrated few instances of her life and encouraged the male sector to develop a sense of brotherhood to their fellow female sector. She also stressed on establishing a Uniform society free from all forms of gender discrimination and violence.

Limelight of the program was of three-fold:

a. Release of CEWCL bulletin - The CEWCL released its maiden annual newsletter titled ‘CEWCL Bulletin 2017-18’. This bulletin gives an insight into the activities of the Centre to its readers. It is an annual publication undertaken by the faculty co-ordinator and the members of CEWCL.

b. Inauguration of Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine - The second highlight of the program was the inauguration of Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine. This electronic machine was donated by the CEWCL, IFIM Law College to create awareness about menstrual hygiene and to remove taboo about menstrual cycle. This machine will be installed at the ladies’ rest room, IFIM Institutions which will benefit the female population in case of necessity.

Release of Sanitary Napkins Vending Machine From Left to right: Ms. Anupama Natarajan; Mr. Venugopal B. S; Ms. Shilpa Sharad; Ms. Meera Saksena; Mr. Sirish Tamvada.

c. Skit on “Women Empowerment” - The members of CEWCL enacted a skit on women empowerment. The Skit revolved around three lives – firstly, a girl aspiring to become a lawyer and her fate of getting married forcibly; secondly, a pregnant female factory worker who is being constantly harassed by her employer and drunken husband; thirdly, of an aspiring female athlete who is been sexually abused by her coach. After listening to the inspirational speeches from Ms. Mary Kom, Ms. Kamala Das, Ms. Sindhutai Sapkal, these characters emerged as ‘fighters’ and concluded the skit by stating – ‘If they can, so can We’.

Skit members – CEWCL
The whole event concluded with national Anthem and refreshments for the gathering.

Group Photo of the CEWCL along with the guests
National Legal Drafting Competition –“Feminae Empoderamiento” 27th And 28th Septemebr, 2018 Organized by CEWCL in association with Juris Law Offices, New Delhi

About the Event:The Nomenclature ‘Feminae Empoderamiento’ is the result of coinage of ‘Feminae’ a Latin term signifying ‘Women’ and ‘Empoderamiento’ a Spanish term signifying ‘Empowerment’, which in toto implies ‘Women’s Empowerment’.

Law which discharges the role of a regulator has enormous power to regulate the conduct of the people to whom it applies. The efficacy of any Law depends upon the wisdom with which it is drafted that as such it can be a thorn on the path of people or a rose. Law should aim at ameliorating the conditions of life of people rather exposing them to unmitigated hardship. Accordingly, much depends upon how judiciously the law makers draft any law. The law makers should necessarily seek public opinion with respect to any matter which falls into the domain of Public Policy. The proposed event provides an opportunity to the legal fraternity to showcase their acumen in legal drafting by stepping into the shoes of law makers.

The CEWCL along with Juris Law Offices organised the competition to render legal fraternity a crack at drafting some of the most contentious Acts/ Bills that are well debated in our nation and which unfortunately are kept in cold storage because of political and lethargy.

As part of the competition the participants were expected to draft a ‘BILL’ on any one of the topics mentioned below.

Topics:

  • REGULATION OF HEINOUS CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN BILL 2018
  • THE CHILD NEGLECT (PROTECTION AND PREVENTION) BILL 2018
  • THE UNIFORM CIVIL CODE, 2018
  • THE COMPENSATORY SURROGACY (REGULATION) BILL, 2018

27th September 2018 (Day 1):
Chief Guest for the Inaugural Session - Hon’ble Justice Mr. B. S. Patil.

The Panelists- Mr. Madhu Dev, Mr. Niyaz Dafedar, Ms. Manvi Rajavnshy, Ms. Ramya, Protection Officer, Women and Child Development Department, Government of Karnataka and other invitees.

Key features of the Presentation Program:
14 teams from across India participated in this Competition. The participants had to present a Bill on any one of the topics selected by them before a Panel of Judges consisting of;

1. Hon’ble Mr. Niyaz Ahmed S Dafedar
Former Principle District & Sessions Judge
Bangalore
Karnataka

2. Ms. Manvi Rajvanshy
Co-Founder
Juris Law Offices
New Delhi

3. Mr. Madhu Dev M. D
Advocate
High Court Of Karnataka

Participants Topics of Final Bill
Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad The Compensatory Surrogacy Regulation Bill 2018
SRM, Chennai The Compensatory Surrogacy Regulation Bill 2018
School of Excellency, Chennai Regulation of Heinous Crimes Against Women and Children Bill 2018
M. S. Ramaiah College of Law, Bangalore Regulation of Heinous Crimes Against Women and Children Bill 2018
Bishop Cotton Women’s Christian Law College, Bangalore Regulation of Heinous Crimes Against Women and Children Bill 2018
Presidency University, Bangalore Regulation of Heinous Crimes Against Women and Children Bill 2018
University Law College Bangalore Uniform Civil Code and Conflict of Personal Laws Bill 2018
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar College of Law, Bangalore The Compensatory Surrogacy Regulation Bill 2018
University Law College Bangalore Uniform Civil Code and Conflict of Personal Laws Bill 2018
Christ Academy, Bangalore The Compensatory Surrogacy Regulation Bill 2018
REVA School of Law, Bangalore The Child Neglect (Protection and Prevention) Bill 2018
SRM, Delhi The Compensatory Surrogacy Regulation Bill 2018
Alliance School of Law, Bangalore The Child Neglect (Protection and Prevention) Bill 2018
Alliance School of Law, Bangalore The Compensatory Surrogacy Regulation Bill 2018
Alliance School of law, Bangalore The Compensatory Surrogacy Regulation Bill 2018

Valedictory session (Day 2):

The session was graced by dignitaries, panelists, invitees and the participants. Hon’ble Mr. Justice Vasudevan Jagannathan, Former Judge, High Court of Karnataka, the Chief Guest on the occasion process highlighted the nuances of legal drafting and its pertinent role in the legislature.

The Guest of Honour, Ms. Soumya Reddy, Sitting M.L.A., Jayanagar constituency, hailed the advocates as torch bearers who play an important role in building a lawful society. She also advised the young budding lawyers to focus more on socio-legal issues prevailing in the society and take up pro bono initiatives.

The CEWCL members performed a Skit on women’s empowerment.

Prize winners:
The event concluded with distribution of mementos as token of appreciation to all the participant colleges and prizes to the winners, mentioned below

1st prize – Alliance University – team 012
2nd prize – University law College – team 007
3rd prize – Alliance University – team 013

The entire two days event on National Legal Drafting Competition 2018 concluded with vote of thanks and National Anthem.

Inauguration of NLDC 2018 event
From Left to right: Mr. Madhu Dev (Advocate High Court of Karnataka); Mr. Venugopal B. S (Principal, IFIM Law School); Mr. Niyaz Ahmed Dafedar (Retd. District Sessions Judge); Mr. B S Patil (Retd. Hon’ble Justice High Court of Karnataka).


Panel of Judges - NLDC 2018 event
From Left to right: Mr. Madhu Dev (Advocate High Court of Karnataka); Mr. Niyaz Ahmed Dafedar (Retd. District Sessions Judge); Ms. Manvi Rajvanshy (Co-founder, Juris Law Offices, New Delhi)


Valedictory Session - NLDC 2018 event
From Left to right - standing first row): CEWCL members along with Prof Shagufta Anjum (Faculty Co-Ordinator, CEWCL); Mr. Madhu Dev (Advocate High Court of Karnataka); Dr. Venugopal (Principal IFIM Law School); Mr. Vasudevan Jagannathan (Retd. Hon’ble Justice, High Court of Karnataka); Ms. Soumyya Reddy (MLA, Jayanagar Constituency) Mr. Niyaz Ahmed Dafedar (Retd. District Sessions Judge); Mr. Sirish Tamvada (Dean, IFIM Law School); Alliance law School team (first prize winners)

Monitoring Cell for Ragging

Mr. Raju Poojary
Manager –Student Counselling Services


Email: rajup@ifimbschool.com
Phone: 09448032353


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Cell for atrocities Against Women

Mr. Raju Poojary
Manager –Student Counselling Services


Email: rajup@ifimbschool.com
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SC/ST Grievance Redressal

As mandated by the UGC and KSLU all affiliated Law Colleges should have a Grievance Redressal Mechanism to address any issue relating to discrimination against any SC/ST student by any official/faculty. In observance of the above mandate a Grievance Redressal Mechanism is installed in our Law School to enable any SC/ST student a victim of caste based discrimination by any official/faculty of the Law School to seek redressal by lodging an online complaint addressed to the Principal using the link given below. Additionally such a student needs to record the particulars of the complaint in the Complaint Register kept in the Principal’s Office. On lodging of the complaint the SC/ST Grievance Redressal Committee headed by the Principal would consider it as its paramount obligation to address the grievance to take appropriate action at the earliest to reinforce the faith of such victim in the Grievance Redressal Mechanism.

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