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NLU Delhi hires Nalsar alum mooting coach, gives wings to MPL 2 campaign

Mooting Premier League 2010-11 - MPL2
Mooting Premier League 2010-11 - MPL2

Two-year-old national law school NLU Delhi has hired former Nalsar Hyderabad graduate and law firm associate as a consultant to coach, advise and nurture its mooting teams as the fledgling college is now ranked in a strong fourth place in Legally India’s Mooting Premier League (MPL).

Ketan Mukhija has been deputed to coach the budding team of NLU Delhi as a visiting faculty on a part-time basis, assisting mooting students every Saturday.

Mukhija’s brief is to provide substantive help to the mooting team on legal issues and discussions and helping them understand the intricate laws and their applications in a given case.

NLU Delhi vice chancellor Prof Dr Ranbir Singh told Legally India: “In my view the success of a law school is determined by the quality of its students. The amount and kind of motivation provided to the students is very important, then comes the faculty.”

“The deal is that I give you the best and you give me your best. In terms of technology and infrastructure we have the best to offer our students and what we expect in return is for them to reach the highest standard of excellence.

“We have a good mooting team which consists of 15 to 20 students. It’s important to have a strong peer group. Our aim is to select the best of students and give them the best training possible. We have a very bright and intelligent ex-student from Nalsar who is helping us.”

Mukhija, who works full-time at a law firm, said that he could not accept a faculty position at NLU because of professional reasons and decided to lead as a consultant.

“I am very close to the management of NLU Delhi – its Vice Chancellor and Registrar. The working of the moot committee is democratic and transparent and we have a tough selection process,” he noted, adding that he had been a student at Nalsar while Singh was vice chancellor.

He added that only recently the job was taken up by him with an honorary stipend paid though he would not have hesitated in providing his services on a pro bono basis too.

NLU Delhi moot court committee convenor Devna Arora said that Mukhija is an experienced mooter and has supported them in all their endeavors. “Definitely the vice chancellor’s support coupled with the student’s enthusiasm to do well has helped us to get a good start in the MPL.

“We started doing well in moots when we were just a semester old and since then we have never looked back. Some prestigious competitions are yet to come and we hope to do well in them to continue with the good start.”

NLU Delhi currently has 33 points in the MPL 2 and is 10 points ahead of fifth-ranked NLSIU Bangalore, while trailing Nuals Kochi by two points and top-ranked NLIU Bhopal by 11 points.

Mooting Premier League season 2 standings

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