General Counsels’ Association of India and Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law sign MoU

The General Counsels’ Association of India (GCAI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab (RGNUL) on 27th September 2021 in New Delhi. The MoU was signed by Dr. Akhil Prasad, General Secretary, GCAI, and Prof. (Dr.) G.S. Bajpai, Vice-Chancellor, RGNUL. The aim of this MoU is to promote academic activities, research, and publication, in areas such as aviation, defense, eCommerce.


RGNUL is situated in Patiala and is a center of excellence in legal studies in Northern India. The University has developed various specialized centers and has now tied up with GCAI to develop professional programs which will be rendered directly by General Counsels of some of India’s largest corporations as subject matter experts.


RGNUL and GCAI will soon launch certificate programs on Aviation, Space, and Defense laws, which aims to train participants on the business, legal and regulatory aspects of a sector, which is a sunrise industry of India.


On the occasion of the signing ceremony, Prof. (Dr.) G.S. Bajpai, Vice-Chancellor, RGNUL said, “Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab proposes to set up a Centre for Studies in Aviation, Space and Defence Laws to address the rapid changes in technology, leading to a clash of sovereign interests amongst the States. From this session, the University will subsume study in this domain through collaboration with the General Counsels’ Association of India, (GCAI) New Delhi. This collaboration is a rare blend of academia and industry experts to build capacity and competence of law graduates.” 


Dr. Akhil Prasad, General Secretary, GCAI commented, “This association with RGNUL fulfills one of the important goals of setting up GCAI, which is to bring together corporate experience and academics for a better learning experience. We look forward to this partnership to develop a curriculum based on the leading sectors of the Indian economy. It’s a win-win for the future professionals and students as the programs jointly developed by RGNUL and GCAI, would bring the best in academia and industry together under one Centre of Excellence. 


The e-ceremony was attended by RGNUL faculty and eminent honorary members of GCAI, Manjaree Chowdhary, President GCAI, General Counsel, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., C.V. Raghu, President GCAI, Group General Counsel, Samvardhana Motherson Group, Dr. Sanjeev Gemawat, Treasurer GCAI, Executive Director and Legal & Group Company Secretary, Dalmia Bharat Group, Lubinisha Saha, Jt President GCAI, General Counsel, Airbus, Tejal Patil, Jt President GCAI, Senior Legal Advisor, OYO, Neera Sharma, Jt President GCAI, CEO/CLO, Sistema Smart Technologies Limited, Amar Kumar Sundaram, Jt President GCAI, Former Head Of Legal, Corporate Governance & Regulatory Affairs, Royal Bank of Scotland – India.


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