Dr. Krishna Aggarwal is working as an Assistant Professor specialised in the field od Business Law & Women and Child Related Laws. She has been working since January, 2004 in the Institute of Law, Kurukshetra University. She wasthe Convenor of the Gender Champion Committee for the session 2015-16. She is not only the most admired teacher in the institute but she was an all-rounder student with active participation in diverse activities. She has been the best mooter of her batch and one of a kind researcher.
- Tell us about your educational background. What prompted you to choose law?
Dr. Krishna: LLM (NET), PhD under Professor Dr. Varsha Razdan. As you already now I specialize in Company Law & Women and Child Related Laws.
Everything about Law lures me…the judicial proceedings, the uniform ( the attire of lawyers), the research …case study…and what not! The teaching profession…well, I was always passionate about it…I guess, deep down I always wanted to be a teacher. The love and respect that students give me really pays me back for all my efforts that it put. I feel blessed that I am part of this profession where I can do my bit to change lives and help my students. In my view, teachers can actually make a difference and hopefully contribute towards giving better lawyers.
- What problems do you face in your profession? What kind of work pressure do you experience?
Dr.Krishna: Frankly speaking, by the Grace of God I have never really faced any problems in my profession.There is genuinely a good working environment here. Also, regarding work pressure…well, since I love teaching I don’t experience it as such but sometimes it becomes hectic when there are national level events being organised and at the same time we have to rushthe syllabus also. Although for our students events are also necessary for due exposure.
- It is generally believed that one must have a strong legal background in order to succeed in legal profession. What are your views on this? Do you really think that it is comparatively more difficult for first generation law graduates to establish themselves in any field of law?
Dr. Krishna: I really don’t believe in this stereotype since my husband is an advocate and he has a family with no-one in this profession and he is the only one in this profession but he is one of the best criminal lawyer at the Kurukshetra Sessions Court. What I feel and believe is….yes, one has to struggle at first but with hard work, determination and devotion anything can be achieved.
- In the last ten years, you must have seen a tremendous change in litigation. Now women are equally going in for independent practise. What do you have to say on this? Also, what do you think are the reasons behind relatively lesser no. of women than men in practise?
Dr. Krishna: Yes, indeed there has been a tremendous change since more female students are opting litigation now a days.But if we talk about the ratio of female advocates I feel that the proportion is still very less…what I have observed is that in district court majority of the crowd which approaches the court is from the villages of the district and they still don’t believe on the compatibility of a female advocate. The work environment is rather not good and the language is also objective many times, all these things discourages a female law student to join litigation field but now the time is changing and the people are also changing…now female law students are showing keen interest towards practicing law.
- Besides litigation or judiciary law students can explore much more. What’s your view on this?
Dr. Krishna : In this profession only sky is the limit….after completing their education so many things can be done…students can work in law firms, create their own law firms, serve in NGOs, work in legal aid clinics and What not. Since, I specialise in Women law I can say this students can really make a difference here as they can do research, they can aware women and their families and work for their betterment.
- What are your views regarding the system of legal education in our country? What are your recommendations, if any amends required?
Dr. Krishna : The legal education in our country is proficient, theonly amendment which is required is a little variations in the non- law subjects which are there in the integrated 5 year law course. The syllabi of these non-law subjects should be in harmony with the law subjects.
- Being an academician is a treasure for a true explorer! What’s your advice to enter this field? Is there any memorable incident that you would like to share with us?
Dr. Krishna : Indeed teaching is a noble profession. The students who want to enter in this field should be passionate, determined and as I earlier said with due hard work nothing is impossible….we can achieve anything.
Regarding memorable moment….I can’t really express in words the respect that I see in students’ eyes and their affection…I can’t really put to words just a single incident as I feel every moment with my students is special in its own way!
- How important is an LLM for a law student? Specialisation in which field you think gives the highest future prospectus?
Dr. Krishna: Doing an LLM obviously enrich our knowledge but its really up to the student whether he/she wants to pursue it or not….if he/she want to expand knowledge then he/she should do it. Again the choice of field is up to the student. He/she should pursue in the area of their interest so that they can pursue it with passion.
- Any tips or message to the starters or freshers as on how to become a pro?
Dr. Krishna : Over the years I have realised that we all need a sound balance of mind and the focus which can be achieved by meditation. I have myself experienced it, once we start meditating our mind becomes more powerful and we tend to become more creative and achieve clarity of concepts whenever we study…so if anyone want to be a pro then he/she must meditate and sometimes meditation should accompany introspection as well. Even our Vedas and ancient scriptures point out this fact that meditation is really good by which one can achieve the peace of mind.
- Surrogacy (regulation) bill, 2016 has provisions banning the commercial surrogacy in India while allowing altruistic surrogacy. Also, only legally wedded Indian couples can have children thus excluding single parents, live in partners, homosexuals and unmarried couples. What are your views on this?
Dr. Krishna : Surrogacy law is very crucial for the welfare of women and children. The government has introduced it with the objective of ending exploitation of surrogate mothers and ultimately the misuse of surrogacy. But in my view, the present proposal of government is not proficient and needs several amendments. The law needs several improvements because the present law is making it very harsh for several couples who aspire to opt surrogacy….so the frictions of the law should be smoothened.
- What are your recommendations regarding the steps to be taken to prevent the youth violence which is prevailing in our society at large?
Dr. Krishna : Youth is the future of our nation so we need to eliminate this problem and for this we need to reform and rehabilitate our youth. As I earlier stated about meditation, meditation is the key to reform ourselves,similarly meditation and introspection can help the youth overcome their several problems.
- What are your views regarding Juvenile Justice System in our country?
Dr. Krishna : The prevailing juvenile law is good but it needs improvement. Actually we have good laws but we don’t implement or enforce them properly.
- If you are given the opportunity to bring certain reforms in any of the prevailing law, what kind of changes will you like to propose?
Dr. Krishna : As I earlier mentioned,Surrogacy law is very crucial for the welfare of women and children. The government has introduced it with the objective of ending exploitation of surrogate mothers and ultimately the misuse of surrogacy. But in my view, the present proposal of government is not proficient and needs several amendments. The law needs several improvements because the present law is making it very harsh for several couples who aspire to opt surrogacy….so the frictions of the law need to be smoothened.
- Any message for the young law students and what skills should they develop so that they can be a good lawyer or academician as well as responsible citizen of this nation?
Dr. Krishna : First of all, hard work is the key to success. The student should be honest with himself and his work. Whatever be the field may but hard work, passion, determination , sincerity coupled with meditation can expand the horizon of your thinking process.