GCAI partners with NALSAR to bridge theory and practice

GCAI partners with NALSAR
GCAI members, from left, Akhil Prasad, Mohammad Osman Akthar, CV Raghu, Shujath Bin Ali, Iqbal Tauseef and Phani Mangipudi.

The General Counsels’ Association of India (GCAI) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University of Law in Hyderabad, one of the top law schools in the country.

The partnership aims to enhance students’ comprehension of the practical aspects of legal knowledge by providing them with hands-on experience and exposure to a general counsel’s practical expertise, bridging the gap between theory and practice.

The GCAI founding members, CV Raghu and Akhil Prasad, attended the signing ceremony at the NALSAR, along with the NALSAR vice-chancellor Srikrishna Deva Rao and registrar Vidyullatha Reddy.

“We are really fortunate to have this MoU, which is the seventh MoU for the GCAI, and we are really honoured that NALSAR has blessed us with their support,” said Prasad.

Rao emphasised that as a university, NALSAR’s primary aim is to disseminate practical knowledge and this partnership with the GCAI will further help to strengthen the institution.

“The MoU is just the beginning, and we look forward to many more engagements with the GCAI in the future for both NALSAR’s legal and management education,” said Rao.

From left, the NALSAR’s vice-chancellor, Srikrishna Deva Rao, and GCAI founding member CV Raghu.

Reddy expressed her confidence in the partnership, which would enhance academia and industry collaboration to deliver programmes of professional excellence.

Other Hyderabad-based GCAI members attending the event included Shujath Bin Ali, general counsel and chief compliance officer at environment management services provider Re Sustainability; Iqbal Tauseef, director of legal affairs India at TTEC Digital Analytics; Mohammad Osman Akthar, vice president of legal compliance and company secretary at property management software company Realpage; and Phani Mangipudi, vice president legal and secretarial at conglomerate VST Industries.

Meanwhile, following the success of the collaboration between the GCAI and Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai’s postgraduate diploma in arbitration and mediation 2022-2023, the GCAI has announced the 2023-2024 intake and invited law graduates and professionals to sign up.

The course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and practical skills needed to become successful arbitrators and mediators. The application for a hybrid course, which allows students to attend class from anywhere, is open until 15 June.