Sashi Panja, Minister for Women Development, Social Welfare and Child Development will inaugurate
a centre for child rights, an initiative of West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences
(WBNUJS) in collaboration with UNICEF on Saturday.
State Law and Labour Minister Malay Ghatak will also be present at the function. The centre will provide integrated support to different layers of institutional governance in local, state and national level for the protection of child rights.
It will create a framework of research support and logistical backup to the statutory processes concerning protection of children. The centre will reach out to the marginalised children in the society and facilitate better protection of their rights by providing complementary support to different stakeholders involved in child rights paradigm.
The working of the centre is divided into three broad themes. First, there will be research on various dimensions of child rights and will function as a nodal centre of child rights in the state. It will serve as a documentation centre for socio legal and action research on child rights. It will also hold national and international conferences on child rights.
The centre will be engaged in capacity building exercises for stake holders in the juvenile justice system and the civil society. It will organise training programmes for the stake holders and enable them to appreciate the need for convergence as well.
The centre’s major role will be in advocacy and policy influencing. It will contribute to initiate legal reforms in the area of child rights by participating in discussion and drafting processes.
Each of these themes will entail specific activities and areas of intervention. Independent yet interdependent, these separate activities will have intrinsic connections to ensure coherence and a seamless weave among different tasks undertaken by the centre.
It may be mentioned that National University of Juridical Sciences had launched an online course, Masters in Business Laws , in line with courses offered by top foreign universities like University of Melbourne, University of Edinburgh, Queen Mary University, Kings College London, University of Southern California etc. to cater to lawyers and businessmen in need of strategic legal education with specializations like M&A, investment banking, institutional finance, cyber laws, intellectual property laws, corporate governance etc. (Course details can be found on the course website: http://mbl.nujs.edu./).
Apart from a large number of executive learners from India, many from other Asian and African countries have started learning business law online from the Kolkata-based University.