Interview by Yash Panchal
Fr. Dr. Davis Panadan Varghese CMI is currently the Principal at Christ Academy Institute of Law. His educational qualifications include Bachelor of Theology, Philosophy, Economics, and Law. His postgraduate qualifications include LL.M. He also has an M.Phil and Ph.D. degree at the research level.
Dr. Davis has Served as the Director of Post Graduate Centre at DVK for the year 2009-12 and as Director of DVK Research Centre for the year 2012-2017. He has also served as finance administrator of DVK, Bangalore for the year 2012-15. He possesses Teaching Experience at National University of Juridical Sciences, Calcutta in the subjects of Public International Law, Jurisprudence, Constitutional Law, and Family Law) in 2009. Dr. Davis has received “Kempegowda Award” for a social worker from Brughat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike in 2011.
Dr. Davis’ experience in the education industry
For the last 25 years of experience in different field of education like National Law School of India University, Bangalore, NUJS, Kolkata, Ecclesiastical Education gives me primarily openness to the world, the importance of quality and excellence in education. Education plays a primary role in the development of a child’s personality. These children grow up and take the nation forward. Hence, education can play a critical role in making or breaking an entire nation. Being in this sector gives me an opportunity to contribute towards the direction that our nation would move towards tomorrow and this is a privilege that very few jobs would give you.
The leadership style of Dr. Davis
I believe that a leader is one who can inspire. I like to lead by example and encouragement.
Hurdles faced as the Principal
It is a challenge to understand each students’ potentialities with each one’s cultural specific.
Curriculum of Christ Academy Institute of Law
At CAIL, we not only impart syllabus-oriented knowledge to the students but also inculcate reading, researching, drafting and presentation skills in them.
The students are further exposed to the application of theory to practice with the help of moot courts, internships, and interaction with industry experts to equip them for best placements.
Views on the growth of students through placement opportunities available at Christ Academy Institute of Law
A comprehensive internship scheme is followed at CAIL and special focus for preparing the students for judicial service. During their first two years, the students are required to compulsorily intern with an NGO, trial advocate, High Court lawyer, Judicial clerkship and a teaching/research-based internship. The rest of the 3 years is open for the students to intern at any place of their choice, including corporate firms. This is aimed at broadening the student’s horizon as to the various job opportunities available to them at the end of 5 years.
Availability for the students
I cannot hope to get to know my students by being within the walls of my office. Hence, being a scholar myself and in an endeavor to get to know my students better, I make sure that I take the time to teach some of the subjects every semester. Further, regular meetings, telephonic or face-to-face, with the parents of the students also helps me understand their difficulties and gives me a platform to appreciate the hard work which the students put in.
Thoughts on an ideal school environment
An ideal law school environment would be one where the students explore the vastness of law with a spirit of inquisitiveness, guided by their teachers. We stress on the development of a mentor system between the students and teachers which allows them to work together and for the teacher to be able to give personal attention to each student.
Qualities that an aspiring Lawyer must possess
An aspiring lawyer must, first of all, know his/her duties before knowing the rights. The spirit of giving back to the society and serving the people should be one of the top qualities of an aspiring lawyer.
Goals for the next few years
In the coming few years, I want to establish CAIL as a hub of knowledge which pays special focus in the area of research and brings out lawyers who aspire to work at the grass-root level of the society and bring about a positive change.
Suggestions for the youth
Each moment shall be your best. Not to compete with others but compete with yourself.
Last Updated - 19 Jul 2018