The first convocation of the National Law University, Delhi, held on Saturday i.e. June 15, 2013 at Vigyan Bhawan, was addressed by the President Pranab Mukherjee as chief guest. The convocation was presided by Justice Altamas Kabir, Chief Justice of India and Visitor of NLU Delhi, while the degrees were awarded by Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed (Acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court and Chancellor of NLU Delhi).
Addressing the first convocation ceremony of NLU Delhi, the President said the NLUD graduates must constantly look for ways in which they can give back to their country. They must be ready and willing at all times to represent the powerless and help them obtain justice. He emphasized that we need an army of smart, committed and idealistic people to give voice to the voiceless and produce tangible change in our society.
The university conferred Justice Dalveer Bhandari, a judge at the International Court of Justice, with the honorary doctoral degree LL.D (Honoris Causa). Justice Bhandari, the former Judge of the Supreme Court of India, is one of the fourth Indian to be appointed as a permanent judge at the International Court of Justice.
Under the leadership of Professor Ranbir Singh, Vice Chancellor, NLU Delhi has strengthened its position amongst the leading law schools in the country within a short span of five years. In a speech, while highlighting the impressive achievements of the University within a short span, Prof. Singh advised the students to have the courage and creativity to chart their own unique paths in the respective careers.
As per sources, National Law University Delhi conferred the degrees of BA, LL B (Hons.), LL M and PhD at its first convocation. According to a statement issued by the university, students from the 2013 Batch of the B.A., LL.B (Hons.) have already been recruited by prominent national and international law firms, and have also been accepted to leading universities across the world.
While concluding his speech, the President, Pranab Mukherjee called upon all the NLUD to lead the way in the socio-economic transformation of the country.