Government Law College, Thiruvananthapuram
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The college, is a premier institution of legal education in Kerala and one of the oldest law colleges in the country.
Established in 1875 by the then Maharajah of the erstwhile Princely State of Travancore, the college has produced some of the finest legal minds, including Indian Supreme Court Judges, more than half a dozen sitting Judges of the Kerala High Court, Union Ministers/legislators, academicians, bureaucrats etc. The first woman Judge of the Supreme Court Justice Fathima Beevi is an alumnus of the college, so also noted academician N. R. Madhava Menon.
The government of His Highness Maharaja of Travancore on 31 January 1875 sanctioned "the Organisation of a Law Class in connection with His Highness College at Thiruvananthapuram to enable candidates from Travancore to present themselves for the Law Examination of the University of Madras and to encourage others to pursue the study of Law systematically". The order sanctioning the scheme directed that it shall be worked on the same lines as the Class attached to the Presidency College at Madras. Mr. W. E. Ormsby, Barrister-at-law, then a Judge of Sadur Court of Travancore was appointed Professor of Law in His Highness the Maharajas College. He opened the class on 9 February of the same year. In 1877, His Highness College was affiliated to the University of Madras in the Faculty of Law.
The class was thus continued till 1894 when in conformity with important alterations in the by-laws of the Madras University regarding the B.L. Degree Examination, the institution was re-organised on an entirely different footing. The Law Class which till then was working as a part of His Highness College and the Professors whereof were treated as members of that College was raised to the status of an independent College under the designation of "His Highness Maharaja's Law College, Thiruvananthapuram". A complete set of rules was also sanctioned by the Government for the control and regulation of work in the college. The rules prescribed the qualification required for the members of the teaching staff.
The Law College was maintained by His Highness Government and the management of the college was vested in the Principal acting directly under the orders of Dewan of Travancore till the end of 1908. In 1909 the College was placed under the Director of Public Instruction and in 1910 it was placed under the control of the High Court. With the inauguration of University of Travancore in 1938, the College was transferred to the control and supervision of the University.
In August 1949 the college was shifted to Ernakulam to fit in with the new set up arising out of the integration of erstwhile State of Travancore- Cochin and the location of the High Court of the united State at Eranakulam. In 1954 it was again brought to Thiruvananthapuram, leaving at Ernakulam a sister college and was housed in the current premises in the Highland Bungalow on the Barton Hill. Under the University Act of 1957, the college was transferred to the control of Government of Kerala. In 1961 Government made the Thiruvananthapuram Law College a permanent institution.
In 1962-63 a full-time Post-graduate course was introduced with M. L. Degree and LL.M was started in 1971. Three Year LL.B course was started from 1967-68 & Five Year LL.B. Course was introduced from the academic year 1984-85.
Admissions to both undergraduate and post graduate programs at the Government Law College Thiruvananthapuram are through a highly competitive entrance examination conducted by Commissioner for Entrance Examination, Government of Kerala.
Courses of studyEdit
B.A., LL.B (Integrated)
This course is a double degree Integrated course comprising B.A (English) and LL.B degrees. The bachelor's degree in B.A. and Law shall consist of regular course of study for a minimum period of 10 Semesters in Five Years and shall consist of 14 papers in B.A. and 31 papers in Law.
LL.B (3 year Course)
Government Law College also offers a three-year LL.B. program which, upon completion, qualifies the student to sit for the bar to practice law in India. The course of study for the bachelor's degree in Law (LL.B) shall consist of regular course of study for a minimum period of 6 semesters in three years and shall consist of 20 compulsory papers, 4 compulsory clinical papers and 6 optional papers in Law.
Masters in Law (LL.M)
Government Law College offers post graduate Law degrees in two lines of specialization: Criminal Law and Science, Technology and Law. The normal duration of the LL.M. programme shall be four semesters. Government Law College Thiruvananthapuram was one of the few colleges to run a LL.M Programme in International Law.
LL.M (Evening Batch)
Sanction accorded by Government of Kerala and orders issued to start a 20 student batch from 2015-16.
The Government Law College Thiruvananthapuram is housed in the Highland Bungalow of Mr. Barton, British Chief Engineer of erstwhile Princely State of Travancore. Many new blocks we later added in the 5 acre beautiful green campus in the heart of the city.
Government Law College Thiruvananthapuram library is one of the oldest law library in the country. The spacious and magnificent College Library is an important resource center, primarily intended to provide undergraduate and postgraduate readers with the books they need for their studies. The Government Law College library is known for its rare collection of books and treatise on various subjects not limited to law. It holds over 27,000 books and 5000 periodicals. The library is fully automated, and book circulation is maintained through Library-cum-Identity Cards with the help of a barcode system.
Noted academician and alumnus Prof. (Dr.) N.R. Madhava Menon promised handing over his collection of books to the college library, during his speech at the 140 years celebration of the college in March 2015.
Research Center in Law status has been accorded to Government Law College Thiruvananthapuram by the University of Kerala. The college has requested for the formation of a chair named Malloor Govinda Pillai Chair on Criminal Law . A proposal for formation of Justice K.K Mathew Chair on Constitutional Law is also pending with the government.
The Hostel Block inaugurated by the then President of India, Shri.Fakaruddin Ali Ahmed as a men's Hostel is now converted as a Women's Hostel. The admission is made by the Warden for students from second year of study onward. The male students are now accommodated in a separate block at University Hostel for Men at Palayam, Thiruvananthapuram.
Moot Court CompetitionEdit
Over the years, Government Law College Thiruvananthapuram team excelled in various national level moot court competitions. Including winning the XV All India Moot Court Competition 2012 for Adv. T. S. Venketeswara Iyer Memorial Ever Rolling Trophy conducted by Govt. Law College, Ernakulam Moot Court Society. Winning multiple best memorial awards and individual awards.
The Government Law College quizzing team is well known in the quizzing circuits of Kerala. They brought glory to University of Kerala by bagging the First Runner Up trophy in the 2013 National Youth Festival held at Kurukshetra in Haryana. The team also got First Prize in South Zone Inter-University Youth Festival held at Bangalore in 2013. The Quiz Club hosts quiz within the college from time to time.
National Service SchemeEdit
The National Service Scheme is an Indian government-sponsored programme under the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Government of India. Government Law College Thiruvananthapuram has two NSS Units. In 2012, Best Programme Officer of N.S.S. for University of Kerala was awarded to Assistant Professor K. Hareendran of Government Law College Thiruvananthapuram. The N.S.S. unit has been actively involved in many social service activities in rural area and has organised many legal aid and legal literacy programs in addition to forest conservation, environmental protection and blood donation camps
Government Law College Thiruvananthapuram magazine is brought out annually by the college union. The Student Editor is chosen by an electoral college consisting of all students of the college, and the Staff Editor is nominated by the Staff Council headed by the college Principal. Dr. N.R. Madava Menon was the student editor during 1954-55.
Internal Quality Assurance Cell (I.Q.A.C.) is soon coming out with a student edited in-house journal devised to escalate the quality and to upsurge the academic talents of the student community. The Student Law Journal is aimed for the promotion of reading, writing and research among students and act as a powerhouse in outsourcing the craft and in optimizing the quality of the student community.
This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability policy. (January 2018)
- Fathima Beevi, former judge, Supreme Court of India, first female SC judge
- K. K. Mathew, former judge, Supreme Court of India
- Cyriac Joseph, former judge, Supreme Court of India
- P. Habeeb Mohamed, former judge, The High Court of Travancore (princely state)
- N. Anil Kumar, Judge high court of kerala
- E. Ahemad, Former union minister of state for external affairs
- A. Sampath, Former Member of Parliament
- P. T. Chacko
- N.K. Premachandran, Member of Parliament
- Jose K. Mani, Member of Parliament
- M. I. Shanavas, Member of Parliament
- M. B. Rajesh, Former Member of Parliament
- R. Sankara Narayanan Thampi, first speaker of Kerala Legislative Assembly
- K. M. Seethi, former speaker of Kerala Legislative Assembly
- N. Sakthan, former speaker of Kerala Legislative Assembly
- T.V. Rajesh, member of Kerala Legislative Assembly
- P. C. Vishnunath, Former member of Kerala Legislative Assembly
- Ramesh Chennithala, former Home Minister, Government of Kerala
- Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, former Sports Minister, Government of Kerala
- M. Vijayakumar, former Minister of Law, Government of Kerala
- R. Sankar, former Chief minister of Kerala
- C. Achutha Menon, former Chief minister of Kerala
- P. K. Vasudevan Nair, former Chief minister of Kerala
- C. Kesavan, former Chief minister of Travancore-Cochin (princely state)
- M. N. Govindan Nair, former minister, Government of Kerala
- T. M. Jacob, former minister, Government of Kerala
- Mathew T. Thomas, former minister, Government of Kerala
- G. Sudhakaran, former minister, Government of Kerala
- E. Ahamed, former Minister of State, External Affairs
- Kodikunnil Suresh, former Minister of State, Labour
- Mullappally Ramachandran, former Minister of State, Home Affairs
- Abdul Sathar Kunju (1963 Batch), Indian Police Service officer and Ex-Kerala Police Chief
- Malayattoor Ramakrishnan, former IAS officer and award-winning writer
- Resul Pookutty, Oscar award winner
- Bheeman Raghu, actor and politician
- Anoop Menon, actor, script writer
- Shankar Ramakrishnan, actor, script writer
- Karamana Janardanan Nair, Actor
- K. M. Mathew, former Chief Editor, Malayala Manorama
- N. R. Madhava Menon, founder of National Law School of India University, N.U.J.S. and N.J.A.
- Ashok Kumar, corporate lawyer, currently General Counsel of Micro Labs Limited.
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