GCAI forges academic connection

(Top row from left): Manjaree Chowdhary; Naresh Kumar Vats; (middle row): Ivneet Kaur Walia; GS Bajpai; Lubinisha Saha; (bottom row): Amar Kumar Sundram; CV Raghu; and Akhil Prasad

The General Counsels’ Association of India (GCAI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 27 September with Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab to boost the competence of young graduates.

On signing the MoU, G S Bajpai, vice chancellor at the university, said there were plans to set up a centre for studies in aviation, space and defence law. He added the collaboration with the GCAI “is a rare blend of academia and industry experts to build the capacity and competence of law graduates”.

Akhil Prasad, general secretary of the GCAI, said its association with the university “fulfils one of the important goals of setting up” the association, adding it was “a win-win for the future professionals and students”.

Attending the MoU signing (which was held remotely due to covid restrictions) were the two GCAI presidents: Manjaree Chowdhary, general counsel of Maruti Suzuki India; and CV Raghu, group general counsel of the Samvardhana Motherson Group. They were accompanied by the GCAI treasurer, Sanjeev Gemawat, who is the executive director and legal and group company secretary of Dalmia Bharat Group.

Three GCAI joint presidents (a separate unaffiliated title) also attended: Lubinisha Saha, general counsel of Airbus; Tejal Patil, senior legal adviser at OYO; and Neera Sharma, CEO/CLO of Sistema Smart Technologies.

Faculty members from the university also attended the ceremony, including Naresh Kumar Vats, professor of law and registrar, and Ivneet Kaur Walia, assistant professor of law.

The GCAI was set up in March this year to create a distinct professional identity for GCs, and to institutionalise the in-house legal function as a specialised stream of legal practice. Located in Patiala, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law is one of 23 public central law universities across the country.