Monday, 2 April 2018

Mooting - A Path to Success

LLM, Nalsar University (Gold Medallist)
Assistant Professor, School of Law, NCU

Pursuing Law has always been a very lucrative career option for Students world –wide. The traditional approach of undertaking a Law degree has been by pursuing a three year LL.B Course. But lately with the opening horizons for law graduates a new integrated structure for completion of a law degree has emerged which are B.B.A.L.L.B, B.A.L.L.B B.COM L.L.B etc. There are many imminent law colleges in Delhi / NCR providing such courses. These courses have an edge over the simple graduation course for law. Firstly these are undertaken after class twelfth itself, it is a five year course incorporating credentials of both the integrated courses secondly it encompasses a lot of practical quotient for skilful implications. One of the most important training given to the students is that of Mooting. The Term Mooting comes from the word Moot which means “Open to Discussion”. 

Mooting is the oral presentation of a legal issue or problem against an opposing counsel and before a judge. It is a mock court where real court room exposure is provided to the students. It is perhaps the closest experience that a student can have whilst at university to appearing in court. There are many advantages which mooting provides :It gives you the ‘feel’ or the thrill of being present in a courtroom, improves speaking skills and persuasion skills,  improves one’s writing skills, improves research skills, helps adopt great analytical aptitude. By taking part in a moot, students do not just show their knowledge and skill in handling legal materials, but also their ability to practise the art of forensic and persuasive argument in a concise and effective manner. Mooting also enables students to gain confidence as advocates in a courtroom setting. 

In short, mooting is a small but firm step on the road to a place in chambers and Litigation houses.  Despite the direct benefits that mooting would have for those interested in a career in litigation, many mooters do not choose litigation but instead opt for a career in a corporate law firm. Today employers are not only looking for people with good academic records they’re looking at what extra-curricular activities they’ve been involved in and for law graduates mooting stands on the top. The Bread and Butter for advocates is the art of persuasion with right analytical reasoning which is directly provided by mooting. Such a practice has become a part of the curriculum in top law schools in Haryana aiding towards their success.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Career Counselling Workshop by Ms Usha Albuquerque at NCU

The School of Professional Attachment (SPA), The NorthCap University (NCU) Gurugram organized a Career Counselling workshop by Ms Usha Albuquerque, an internationally renowned personality, on 23 March 2018. It was attended by over 500 students and faculty members from the Schools of Engineering, Management and Law.  

The speaker was given a warm welcome by the Vice-Chancellor, Dr HB Raghavendra, DSOET, Dean Academics, HoDs, Registrar and senior faculty members. The session focused on various aspects like individual career planning, understanding self, career exploration, career related experiences and clarified doubts related to personality development and important points to ponder while facing job interviews. It was emphasized that attitude, confidence, good communication skills and thinking out-of-the-box lead to success. The students found the session highly informative and useful and they interacted with Ms Usha Albuquerque about various overseas job opportunities and certification courses required for their future. Ms Albuquerque was highly appreciative about the high level of energy & enthusiasm shown by the students. 

Ms Usha Albuquerque is a former news anchor, film producer and author of several books on career guidance.

Monday, 26 March 2018

NCU a Lifetime Organizational Member of the Indian Concrete Institute, Chennai

The NorthCap University is now a lifetime organizational member of the Indian Concrete Institute, Chennai with Membership No: 12196 and has been attached to the ICI Delhi Centre (DELC). The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will now get updates on the latest technology and practices in the Concrete Industry. Faculty, research scholars and students will get the opportunity to attend lectures and interact with experts from India and abroad and collaborate with national and international agencies to create better understanding of concrete construction technology. 

Indian Concrete Institute 
Indian Concrete Institute is one of the leading professional bodies in India catering to the professional needs of individuals and organizations involved in Concrete. Being a non-profit organization, it is dedicated to the cause of disseminating knowledge about concrete, promote concrete technology and construction and to address the research needs of concrete. ICI promotes growth of concrete construction and its sub-specializations giving opportunity to participate in ICI conducted competitions like ICI FEST, which is a zonal meet of Student Chapters. Apart from these there are various other benefits such as access to ICI Archives, ICI Reference Library and most importantly the opportunity to grow professionally.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Department of CSE & IT Organized a Lecture on Requirement and Applications of Cryptography in Real World

A guest lecture on ‘Requirement and Applications of Cryptography in Real World’   by Mr Tarun Yadav, Scientist ‘C’, DRDO, Scientific Analysis Group (SAG), Delhi was organized by the Dept of CSE&IT on 21 March 2018. He discussed about major projects which students can pursue in their final year and latest research topics in the same area. Students who have good knowledge of mathematics and programming can now apply for internship in DRDO. Research scholars interacted with him for guidance in their PhD work. 190 students attended this lecture. 

Mr Tarun Yadav has been a part of various research projects in the domain of cyber security, malware analysis and reverse engineering. Presently he is a part of cryptanalytic activities at SAG, Delhi and working on design and development of methodologies for cryptanalysis of stream as well as block cipher based cryptosystems. He has authored three research papers and a thesis book in the domain of cyber security and np-complete problems. The lecture was coordinated by Ms Mehak Khurana.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

LAW as a Career Option for Science Students

PhD, LLM, Punjabi University
Associate Professor &
Head, School of Law, NCU

“The inventive step requirement makes a lawyer out of an inventor.” - Kalyan C. Kankanala

Today, Law is considered to be the most sought-after profession in the world. Law, legal education and development have become inter-related concepts in modern developing societies. In the present era, technology is encroaching each and every field and, therefore, learning law with a science background gives an edge to legal professionals over other disciplines. Law, being an interdisciplinary profession, students from varied background tend to choose law courses and prefer to club them with Management, Arts, Commerce or Science depending on their area of interest. In the present age of technology and science, one should expect to give a warm welcome, perhaps a permanent home, to science in our courtroom procedures. The legal disputes before us increasingly involve the principles and tools of science and the proper resolution of these disputes is essential not just for the litigants, but also to the general public who live in our technologically complex society and indeed want justice to be served. 

The increasing reliance on technology whether it be through forensic science in a criminal case, food testing in an adulteration case or data protection in cases of privacy, has led to the need of imbibing science into one’s legal knowledge, skills and profession. Whether it is biotechnology, pharmacy and intellectual property rights or digital privacy, health care, energy and environment policy, many legal specializations emerge from and rest on scientific foundations. 

Although a combination of law and science is referred to as an oxymoron, but it is actually a bitter sweet experience with enhanced results. Studying law after science improves and nourishes your analytical ability, planned execution, application of mind and various other skills that help in laying the foundation in the legal profession. The focus on science students opting for law as a career is not a matter of just today, but is traceable in history and many senior judges of the Supreme Court of India are science graduates and they pursued law degree after graduation. Well known senior advocates of India especially those who are in Intellectual Property Law would not have made their mark today had they not studied science before undertaking legal education.

Amongst the students of the best law schools in Delhi-NCR, approximately 30% students are the ones who opt for law after studying science courses in their XII class. The concept of inter-disciplinary education has further led to the rise of science students emerging as lawyers in the fields of Environment, Intellectual Property, Cyber Security, Corporate Transactions and many more. Some of the best Private Universities, like The NorthCap University, Gurugram have an added benefit where the School of Law encourages students into interdisciplinary methodology through engagement of experts from engineering and civil department. The students with science background when graduate from here work with reputed law firms, start their own practice and some pursue higher education in reputed Universities in UK and USA. As the time for admissions is approaching, even the science students must also appear in entrance examinations for law like CLAT, LSAT, AILET so that they throw open a plethora of opportunities for themselves in this competitive world. The students must keep in mind that they are the youth who will be adapting to their professions to become better citizens of tomorrow and contribute actively in the development of the nation.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Is It Useful to Do M.Tech After Work Experience?

 PhD, MTech, NMIMS University, Mumbai
Associate Professor, Dept of EECE, NCU

M.Tech after working for a few years is beneficial if the job requires higher technical qualification or the person wants to upgrade himself/ herself technically. This is fruitful when the M.Tech course is pursued from a reputed college. There are multiple categories of M.Tech courses offered by some of the best engineering colleges in Delhi/ NCR.  The Northcap University which is one of the top engineering colleges in Delhi/NCR offers M.Tech in different branches of engineering including Electronics and Communications Engineering, Computer science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering. It also offers specialization in various areas like in ECE specialization is offered in VLSI Design and Communication Engineering. Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering and Civil & Environmental Engineering also offer specialization in various areas. 

Studying for a Master’s degree after work experience is a viable option as after having hands-on work experience in an organization, practical concepts are easily understood. This option will be preferred when:

The job is not in a reputed company
The job is not giving enough exposure in the relevant area.
The foreseen growth in the next few years is not good enough
The area of work does not match with one’s interests 

On the other hand, pursuing M.Tech immediately after BE/B.Tech (without any work experience) makes a person better qualified for a job and hence it is possible to get a higher starting salary package than after graduation. This again depends on the institute from where the post graduate degree has been obtained. M.Tech courses done from one of the best engineering colleges will definitely help studies and into good placements.  This option should be preferred if:

A person wants to choose a specialization
The persons is quite clear about the area in which he/she wants to specialize 
Is keen to gain higher and deeper knowledge vis-à-vis work experience

In either case, one should choose a good M.Tech course from one of the best engineering colleges

Friday, 16 March 2018

Trip to Manali

NCU Recreation Club organised its 5th trip to Manali for the students of the University from 9-13 March 2018. A total of 21 students from across the different Schools joined this excursion along with faculty and staff coordinators. It was full of learning, fun and adventure. The trip by AC deluxe coach was flagged off from NCU by the Vice- Chancellor, Prof. HB Raghavendra on 9 Feb 2018.

In Manali the students visited the famous Hadimba Temple and Solang Valley. They enjoyed river rafting and when the weather changed they enjoyed the snowfall and had fun playing as well as trekking in the snow. At night they happily played, sang and danced around a bonfire. All in all it was a fun filled learning and bonding time for the students.