Interview: Prof.(Dr.) P. Sri Devi, Dean at DSNLU, Vishakhapatnam
Prof.(Dr.) P. Sri Devi, B.Sc, M.L, Ph.D
Dean, Head Academic Affairs & Research
DS National Law University, Vishakhapatnam
She has graduated B.Sc., B.L. and Post Graduate Degree in Law with specialization in “Civil Wrongs and Remedies” from Andhra University. She was awarded Ph.D. degree for her thesis on “Medical Negligence in India – A Juristic Study” from Andhra University in 2004.
Dr P.Sri Devi has joined Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University in the year 2014 as an Associate Professor of Law. Currently, she is holding the position of Dean, Academic Affairs & Research and she is also Faculty Coordinator of Career and Placement Cell of the University. She had an experience of teaching in Law for more than 28 years for UG and PG students in law. Previously she served in the N.B.M Law College, Visakhapatnam in different capacities as a Lecturer and Principal since 1989 to 2014. She served as a Principal of N.B.M. Law College, Visakhapatnam from June 2002 to June 2014 for UG & PG programmes in law. She has guided 33 dissertations of LL.M (Regular Course) of Andhra University during the period 2007-2014 and two dissertations of LL.M (Distance Mode Programme) of AcharyaNagarjuna University, Guntur during 2004-2014. She has been a Principal, Study Centre of LL.M (Distance Mode Programme) of Acharya Nagarjuna University at N.B.M. Law College since 2004-2014.
Her field of specialisation is “Law of Torts” and her other areas of interest are ‘Property Law, IPR Laws, CPC and Drafting, Pleadings and Conveyancing (DPC).Andhra University awarded her the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D. in Law) in the year 2004 for her thesis titled “Medical Negligence in India – A Juristic Study”. She has graduated B.Sc, B.L from Andhra University and obtained post-graduate degree M.L with first class in the Branch of “Civil Wrongs and Remedies” from Andhra University.
She hold other administrative positions at University level as Member, Executive Council & Member, Academic Senate of Andhra University since 2005 to 2010; Member, Planning and Monitoring body, A.P. University of Law (presently named as DSNLU) since 2009-2011. She has been a Member, Board of Studies in Law, Andhra University during the period 2003-2011 & 2013-2014. She served as a member of various enquiry committees of Andhra University. She also served as admission committee member of UG&PG LAWCET of Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE), and observer for AP LAW-CET twice.
Dr P.Sri Devi has substantial academic work to her credit having extensive teaching, research and administrative experience. As a distinguished academician, she has attended several National Seminars, Workshops, and Conferences on various subjects in law and presented papers.
She was interviewed by Ankit Baranwal, Legal Desire Campus Ambassador at DSNLU. So here’s the interview:
Ankit Baranwal:- Ma’am, as being a law professor, how would you like to introduce yourself to our readers?
Dr. P. Sri. Devi:- Being a law professor as well as having an experience of 28 years as a teacher let me start Ab initio. I graduated B.Sc., B.L. and Post Graduate Degree in Law with specialization in “Civil Wrongs and Remedies” from Andhra University. I were awarded Ph.D. degree for my thesis on “Medical Negligence in India – A Juristic Study” from Andhra University in 2004.
I joined DS National Law University in the year 2014 as an Associate Professor of Law. Currently, I am holding the position of Dean, Academic Affairs & Research and I am also Faculty Coordinator of Career and Placement Cell of the University.
Ankit Baranwal: – What inspired you to join law, were you able to satisfy yourself inspiration?
Dr. P. Sri. Devi:- It’s a nice question because my father pursued law from Madras University and He was a farmer principle secretary of Govt. of AP and during my school days itself He was telling us about certain legal aspects like Contracts, Damages etc. So, He is the man behind my journey towards law.
Ankit Baranwal: – Ma’am, How was your law school journey?
Dr. P. Sri. Devi:- Let me tell you something as soon as I completed my LL.B(Hons.) from Andhra University and enrolled myself as an Advocate, I Practiced for 2-3 years. By that time only I completed my LL.M with specialization in “Civil Wrongs and Remedies” from Andhra University. Then I served in the N.B.M Law College, Visakhapatnam in different capacities as a Lecturer and Principal since 12th June 1989 to 2014. And incidentally on the same date on 12th June in the year of 2014 I joined DS National Law University, Vishakhapatnam.
Ankit Baranwal: – What are the opportunities that are open today to Law Students? How does one grow in this noble profession?
Dr. P. Sri. Devi:- There are a lot of opportunities but that depends on the interest of a student. They may go for Litigation, Judicial Exams, Defence Sector, Corporate Sector’s job or can be a legal officer in private as well as in public sector in some PSU’s or nowadays certain LPOs are expanding all across the nation but again interest of a student is the key to success.
Ankit Baranwal: – What’s the best thing about your job?
Dr. P. Sri. Devi:- I love teaching and that is the best part. I have been teaching since 28 years just because of my dedication, hard work and research in the field of law and teaching profession.
Ankit Baranwal: – Ma’am, according to you what is the importance of Mooting, Publication and Internships in a law student life?
Dr. P. Sri. Devi:- Mooting, publication and internships are an integral part of academics they give practical knowledge to students. A particular interaction is needed in every field. To represent a council, to be a law officer or to join any legal firm internships are very much required that puts a mirror of harsh reality in the respective areas. It will improve their abilities as well as shape them into a better scholar.
Ankit Baranwal: – Did you face problems in taking up law teaching as a profession and how did you cope up with all this?
Dr. P. Sri. Devi:- Since last 28 years in taking up law teaching as a profession I never had any problem as such because I am student friendly, I treat them as my child.
Ankit Baranwal: – What is the one thing that keeps you going?
Dr. P. Sri. Devi:- Dedication towards teaching
Ankit Baranwal: – Please share the golden rules of your life which brought you here so that the students can gain from the useful insight and can be inspired by you.
Dr. P. Sri. Devi:- I always believe in hard work and dedication. I am dedicated to my teaching and research. We never bother about money but what we learn that matters.
Ankit Baranwal: – What’s the best way for a student to get to know you?
Dr. P. Sri. Devi:- Interaction is the best thing to know someone for example your interaction with me will bring you so many hidden things. So unless and until you interact with someone you can’t know more about him. Same applies to me also.
Ankit Baranwal: – Any suggestions or comments for the students?
Dr. P. Sri. Devi:- Be serious about your study, work hard. Once you join any professional course don’t forget the efforts of your parents, the output which they are expecting from you and the output which your nation is expecting from you because you are the future of the nation. You can also enjoy but you should not cross certain limits. You have to pay at least 80% of your attention on academics.
Ankit Baranwal: – Any Quotation from your experience.
Dr. P. Sri. Devi:- Behind every success there is honesty, dedication and hard work, do not rely on shortcuts.
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