NEW DELHI“The Singhvi Endowment represents the best of Dr. Abhishek M. Singhvi’s views and contribution to society,” said Supreme Court Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul.
“This generous and visionary act of philanthropy is driven by a spirit of equality. It will be immensely encouraging for a young student to receive such an affirmation from a leading legal luminary in India. It will foster a spirit of rational inquiry in our public spaces. It will prove to be an invaluable learning forum,” Justice Kaul said as part of the presidential address at the distinguished public lecture on “Climate Change and Global Justice: The Future of our planet” and the unveiling of the Singhvi Endowment established at OP Jindal Global University recently.
“Law courts are places where social hierarchies are questioned. Should we first increase access to legal education? Is it a good thing to have too many lawyers? To succeed in opening up more pathways to the study of law, what would effective access really entail? Can we harness the skills of these young lawyers in a larger national project? We are an extremely large and diverse country and an unequal country. There were groups that were subjugated for centuries and continue to be marginalized today.
“The study of law is deeply linked to our social context. To limit access to this extremely important space is to deny rights to a large part of the population. If our objective is to improve access to ‘Legal education, simply ensuring greater entry into the hallowed halls of elite institutions cannot be the end of the goal,’ he said.
Dr. Abhishek M. Singhvi, Member of Parliament, also spoke on this occasion; Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India who signed an agreement with OP Jindal Global University (JGU) for the establishment of the “Singhvi Endowment” at Jindal Global Law School to the tune of Rs 2 crore.
JGLS students will be the first beneficiaries of this extraordinarily generous philanthropic initiative. It will include scholarships for young people, gold medals for outstanding academic performance, an annual World Law Conference and the annual Dr. LM Singhvi Lecture Series.
Outlining his vision, Dr Singhvi said, “Today, as we unveil the Singhvi Endowment, it is an affirmation and reiteration of the solemn duty we owe to society. The endowment’s vision is to provide access to
world-class education for young people who cannot afford it and empowering leading Indian universities to promote excellence. This initiative, among others, honors the memory of Dr. LM Singhvi, an eminent diplomat, parliamentarian, jurist and author.
“The endowment also recognizes the contributions of leaders in the legal and other professions to celebrate their achievements in perpetuity through annual lectures and memorial lecture series. This will also serve as a legacy for the future in inspiring generations of students to follow the path set by eminent personalities”.
During the conference on “Climate Change and Global Justice – The Future of Our Planet”, guest of honor, Justice Michael D. Wilson, Justice of the Supreme Court of Hawaii, United States, said “The response of the legal community to the climate crisis It is quite extraordinary, unheard of! We are in a state of climate emergency. There is a limit to the time we have to deal with it before a collapse. We are now in the final battle. We are barely 30 – There are 40 years left before an existential crisis caused by climate change occurs.” He further detailed the impact of climate change that would take place in Hawaii in the coming decades and the proportion of flora and fauna cherished by the community that will be threatened.
“But what can the judicial community do? Strict judicial enforcement, deployment of resources, regional outreach are important. The most important tool for civilization right now, in my opinion, is the rule of law! People follow the decisions made by a court. This helps keep the peace. Imagine the declaration of a climate emergency by a court! We have come together as a community to face the Covid 19 pandemic but the climate crisis is even more serious! “
Founding Vice-Chancellor of OP Jindal Global University, Prof. (Dr) C. Raj Kumar said, “Today is a momentous occasion as we recognize the contribution of Dr. Abhishek M. Singhvi for his generous endowment to JGU. His munificence will support the higher education ambitions of our deserving students and it will also enhance the study, research and discourse of law and legal studies in our country through the annual series of lectures and lectures.
“It is important to note that the growth and advancement of institutions of higher education are supported by such acts of philanthropy which enable us to achieve our goals, objectives and vision as a leading educational institution in India. .”
Speaking on Philanthropy, Universities and Institution Building: The American Experience, Professor (Dr) Jayanth K. Krishnan, Milt & Judi Stewart Professor of Law, Indiana University, USA, spoke of philanthropy in India and the United States and said, “JGU began as a commemoration of his father, renowned industrialist Shri OP Jindal by Mr. Naveen Jindal In the United States, there have been comparable commemorations .
For example, Leland Stanford at the end of the 19th century, after tragically losing his child Leland Jr., dedicated his life to building Stanford University and creating a legacy. Bill Gates donated millions of dollars to the University of Washington to honor his father, to whom he credits his own success. Today marks a milestone in the history of JGU in the unveiling of the Singhvi Endowment which will greatly benefit students in developing a global perspective.”