National Seminar at CoLS, UPES
TWO DAYS NATIONAL SEMINAR ON CRIMINOLOGY, CRIME AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: AN INSIGHT IN THE CONTEMPORARY AGE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (November 21-22, 2015)
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - National Seminar at CoLS, UPES
UNIVERSITY OF PETROLEUM & ENERGY STUDIES
COLLEGE OF LEGAL STUDIES
TWO DAYS NATIONAL SEMINAR ON CRIMINOLOGY, CRIME AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: AN
INSIGHT IN THE CONTEMPORARY AGE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (November 21-22, 2015)
The Seminar inaugural commenced with the lighting of lamp which was succeeded by the Saraswati
Dr. S.J. Chopra (Chancellor, UPES) made the opening speech; he graced the event with his insightful
words. He informed that COLS,UPES offers various programme and welcomed the Chief guest Justice
Mr. R.Venkataramani,SeniorAdvocate Supreme Court;Member,Law Commissionof India.
Ms. Sheela Ramachandran, Special Secretary (Law), Govt. of Kerala, Office of Resident
Mr. PawanDuggal,CyberLawyer,Supreme Court;Head- PawanDuggal Associates,NewDelhi
Mr. Mukul Shastry, Chief Manager- Legal, Kamani Engineering Corporation Limited, Mumbai;
Formerly Legal Adviser, Reserve Bank of India.
Ms. Bharti Ali,Co-Director,HAQSE,NGOfor Childrights,New Delhi.
and participantsforcomingfromall the partsof the countrywithsuch enthusiasm.
Dr. Tabrez Ahmed (Director, COLS) gave an overview of the event. He talked about how to curb the
crime with the growing technology, the developments in IT Act and the change in law with developing
economy. He further enlightened us about the freedom of speech and expression with respect to social
mediaandstrikinga balance betweenthem.
The Keynote speaker, Mr. R. Venkatramani enlightened us on the growth of criminal law and
criminology from the time of Hammurabi and Manu where no regard was given to the concept of
equality to the development of modern law recognizing equality. He further spoke on how legal systems
are influenced by the variety of reasons (social, politics, etc.) and the role of law schools in such change.
He made some powerful statements on how morality and ethics get transfused with law and create
drastic changes in the legal field. He also enlightened us on how Social Developmentis the core basis for
The chief guest Hon’ble Justice Mr. K.G. Balakrishnan (Former Chief Justice of India)addressed on the
vast topic talked about the growth of criminal law from being tortious to a penal offence, the problems
which were being faced by the criminal justice systems, lack of courts and shortage of judges. He took us
back to revolt of 1857 to elucidate the development of Indian Penal Laws and IPC and CrPC were
beautifully laid down. He talked on the development of Penal law after the Nirbhaya case and how
amended made to penal law. In modern time Crime scenario has changed and criminology has gone
under drastic changes. He informed us on how crimes can now be detected by using the advanced
technology which are now recognised as evidence under law and the problem faced by the police force
due to outdate technology and improper training. The reiterated the delay in criminal justice system
and suggested and a case must be disposed off and the victim should get justice in 4-5 years to provide
justice in proper sense. He concluded his speech by emphasising the importance of public opinion in law
and academics acting as a major platform for creating the public opinion. His speech was absolutely
The event concluded with the vote of thanks was extended by the Vice Chancellor of UPES, Dr. Shrihari
Honwad where expressed his gratitude to Chief guest for honouring the University with his presence, he
extended thanks to all special guests, organizers, participants also to finance & administration for their
extendedsupport.He concludedwishingseminarall success.
The event has been possible because of the initiative and working tirelessly to make the seminar a
possibility of Convener- Dr. Saroj Bohra- Senior Assistant Professor ; the extended support of Dr Vinita
Singh (asst.Prof. –Senior scale) – Co-Convener& Ms. Pallavi Arora (Asst. Professor)- Co-Convener. The
student committee of Seminar Workshop Conference Committee was headed by Abhinav Bharadwaj
(BALLB- IV yr.) andCo-Convener’sMs.Babandeep(BALLB –IV yr.) & Kunal Dey(BBALLB-IIIyr.)