In Conversation with Prof. Vikram Dutt, Principal Academics, DME
Dr. Vikram Dutt is Principal Academics. Dr. Dutt is a veteran in the (fields of journalism and social work. Recipient of numerous awards internationally, he has over twenty five years of consulting, training and leadership experience in communications, education, health, children rights and disability. A renowned documentary film maker, he has made over 50 so far, four of which have been screened at the Cannes Film Festival and one at the Rome-Milan Festival entitled ‘Retrospective of Indian Masterpieces’ among several at lesser Film Festivals.
Additionally, he is a disability and rehabilitation expert and serves as a member of the Expert Core Committee of the Rehabilitation Council of India under Government of India.
In conversation with Priya Gupta (Campus Ambassador of Delhi Metropolitan Education for Legal Desire) he had a detailed conversation about their college as follows:
Priya: Briefly describe about Delhi Metropolitan Education and the main features which add to the repute of this college.
Dr. Dutt: Delhi Metropolitan Education is a quality educational institute affiliated to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi and approved by Bar Council of India. In only three years of its establishment it has been rated as ‘A’ Grade institute by Indraprastha University, which is extremely rare and it usually takes five to six years.
At DME, we extend first rate infrastructure with strong academic facilities to provide a dynamic and clinical grounding for success. The courses being taught here are:
- LLB & BBA.LLB
- Bachelors in Journalism & Mass Communication (BJMC)
Our society has been involved in education over the last 13 years. We are running the esteemed Mayoor School, Noida in collaboration with Mayo College, Ajmer. The school campus is spread over ten acres and the school has over 3000 students enrolled currently.
Our sister college is Delhi Technical Campus at Greater Noida which provides the most sought after programmes affiliated to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University and is approved by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) . The institute imparts technical education in the fields of engineering, architecture and MBA.
At DME, Value Education is part of our curriculum. In colleges, it is defined as a dialogue where students are gradually brought to their own realization of what is good behavior for themselves and their community. Thus:
The badge of every DMEian includes being –
Honest, Sincere, Compassionate, Loyal, Confident, Hard working, Ambitious, Creative, Healthy and Happy. Additionally, we also look forward to Punctuality, High Attendance, Integrity, Discipline, Dedication, Good Communication skills, Excellent Soft and social skills, Ethics Espirit de corps, Respectfulness towards peers and seniors Digital awareness.
Most importantly we take care about the safety of girl students and ensure that there should not be any gender discrimination.The campus is located at prime location but still there are some connectivity issues which would be resolved within six months as metro will reach there soon.
Priya: What was the main aim behind establishing law school and how is it different from other law schools?
Dr. Dutt: The main aim of sunshine education and welfare society is to be able to give back and take forward the blessings it has received in terms of success in its others business ventures. DME has faculty that is probably unmatched anywhere in Delhi. Most of the teachers are national law university post graduates, the director is very senior retired judge, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Bhanwar Singh and the advisory board includes Hon’ble Mr. Justice M.Y Eqbal (former judge of Supreme Court of India), Hon’ble Mr. Justice Devendra Kumar Arora (Judge, Lucknow Bench, Allahabad High Court), Hon’ble Mr. Justice S.N. Shukla (Judge, Lucknow Bench, Allahabad High Court), Prof. N. Balu and Prof. S.P.Singh.
Additionally, Adjunct faculty includes, former law minister Mr. Salman khurshid regularly, at least once in semester visits and gives lectures. Additionally college runs Hon’ble Mr. Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer memorial lecture series, and very eminent legal personalities interact with our students. Co- Scholastic activities include moot court, MUN, news letter and very soon we will launch our law journal. Mr. Kush Kalra assistant professor is in Limca books for writing nine law books in a year.
Priya: How is your university imparting practical knowledge to students apart from academic knowledge?
Dr. Dutt: The students gets opportunity to participate in legal seminars, legal discussions with eminent personalities. College also organizes moot courts, Model United Nation Conferences and various other activities so that student can experience or real legal world. And without any doubt we have a wonderful library with online SCC and soon getting manupatra.
The most important thing that we are starting this year is student exchange programme with foreign universities, talks are at very advance d age with one university in USA , a couple of universities in UK, one in Denmark and another in Singapore. Additionally our student gets opportunities for internship with high court judges, district judges, consumer forum, NGT and leading firms and senior advocates.
Priya: How do you ensure that your students are on the right path towards a successful professional?
Dr. Dutt: This is a value question and DME have high stress on values. The best example is that ever since its inception, there has not been even a single case of gender discrimination, or eve-teasing or not even a ragging incident has taken place. Special lectures by eminent personalities of various field including religious thinkers , debates, excursions and a mentoring system through class mentors facilitates proper guidance.
Priya: Describe about future career prospective, tie-ups and placements?
Dr. Dutt: We feel that it is very important to not only prepare lawyers but even to prepare judges. So a dynamic internship programme – this year a full fledge internship programme is established to ensure good placements and careers.
Priya: Your message to our readers.
Dr. Dutt: “Learn to pull and be a leader. Don’t merely push and shout to be a manager and believe in yourself.”
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