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Jindal Law School starts practical project infrastructure course with IDFC and eye on employability

MOU signing with IDFC
MOU signing with IDFC

Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) has tied-up with the Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC) to teach project finance and infrastructure law as an elective to students and provide placements.

Under JGLS’ memorandum of understanding (MOU) with IDFC, IDFC would teach a two-hours-per-week elective course on infrastructure law for around 25 LLM and three-year LLB students every semester starting from now.

JGLS dean Raj Kumar said that infrastructure law had not seen a lot of academic attention in India to date. “With IDFC coming on board we can offer a full-fledged elective – we are looking at least at a two credit course [of two hours a week].”

“We are looking at a seminar or conference on infrastructure law - the study of public finance and issues from an academic institutional standpoint is less [explored in India,” he added. The course would also be opened to five-year LLB students from next year.

IDFC would also offer internships and hopefully eventually placements to JGLS graduates, with one of the aims of the collaboration also being to improve practical legal skills that would be useful in law firms’ or companies’ infrastructure practices, acknowledged Kumar, adding that the course would include a segment on how entire green power sector agreements and projects were put together, how road and power projects started and how the various financial institutions and government players interacted.

“IDFC has such amazing expertise in this field,” he said.

IDFC general counsel Rajeev Uberoi said in a statement: "IDFC’s endeavour is to be a leading knowledge source for the infrastructure sector, through participation in policy and law.”

JGLS also entered into MOU with New York’s Cornell Law School, White & Case and other colleges and bodies over the last year.

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