Research Outcome Dissemination Series (RODS)

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The Rajiv  Gandhi  National  University  of  Law  (RGNUL),  Punjab  has  initiated  Research Outcome Dissemination Series (RODS) to promote quality research. Dissemination of research findings is an integral part of the research process. The distribution of new knowledge gained through research can prompt application of innovative findings to real world situations. The utilization of research findings is of great interest to practitioners and policy makers. In order to enhance the visibility of research findings and to effectuate the implementation of new research, dissemination becomes imperative. RODS envisages quality legal and interdisciplinary research. RODS is open to collaborations and partnerships with governmental departments, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, national and international think tanks.

Prof. G.S. Bajpai, Vice-Chancellor RGNUL, observed, “RODS will provide researchers and professionals a platform to raise awareness regarding the domain of their research.” “RGNUL will collaborate with government departments, non-profit organizations, inter/national associations and academic institutes for dissemination of legal research,” he added.

Centre for Advanced Studies in Energy Law (CASEL) in collaboration with Centre for Environmental Legal Studies (CELS) organized lecture on “The Prismatic Gap between Judgment and Implementation: An Assessment of SC Verdict on Environment Degradation” under the new initiative RGNUL-Research Outcome Dissemination Series (RODS).  The speaker for the maiden lecture in the series was Mr. Debadityo Sinha, a Yale-trained environmentalist in tropical forests and a Senior Resident Fellow, at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy. Notably, Vidhi has been instrumental in the drafting of various legislations and bills like the Aadhaar prominent Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services  Act,  2016,  Personal  Data  Protection Bill,  2019,  The  Civil  Liability  for  Nuclear Damage Act, 2010 or Nuclear Liability Act. Mr. Debadityo highlighted the plight of thousands of people who have been affected by pollution caused by the Pharma industries. He focused on the Patancheru-Bollaram  industrial  cluster  comprising  of  pharmaceutical  entities  and  drug  companies. “The residents of  Patancheru and Bollaram have been complaining of air and water pollution leading to serious health issues and deformities among locals. Many studies and reports based on data obtained from the Pollution Control Boards (PCBs) have also categorized the areas as critically polluted. Over the years, the Supreme  Court and the National  Green Tribunal  have passed countless  directions  to restore the environment in this region and to make polluters pay for the damages. Despite these interventions,  pollution  levels remain unabated,”  he said. Through a documentary  on the tormented lives of many farmers and locals who left their homes and lands to escape the pollution and health hazards, he sensitized the audience. Mr. Debadityo also shared the research output and implementation process at Vidhi and plans for future. He told that Vidhi was planning on to disseminate research through a series of documentaries. 70 delegates from different institutes attended the online lecture.

Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab organized the second lecture in the Research Outcome Dissemination Series (RODS). Prof. (Dr.) Vijay Raghavan, Head, Centre for Criminology and Justice, School of Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai Campus deliberated on Rapid Needs Assessment Survey of Criminal Justice Affected Persons and their Families During COVID Crisis carried out by Prayas, a Field Action Project of the centre. He said that Prayas initially provided financial aid of Rs. 1000-2000/-, dry rations, masks, sanitary kits and other items in response to the Supreme Court's orders in the case of suo motu writ petition titled Contagion of COVID-19 in Prisons to release suitable prisoners so as to prevent the spread of the virus in prisons. Besides the released prisoners, families of the prisoners, children in conflict with law, women in shelter homes, women rescued from commercial sexual exploitation and their families were supported. The study included employment trend before the lockdown, the lack of a safety and welfare projects  for  informal  workforce. “Crowded  housing,  the  usage  of public/community  toilets  and  a  lack  of  sanitary  facilities  made  adherence  to  COVID-19 protocol impossible,” said Dr. Raghavan.  The study revealed not only gender divide but also cases of domestic abuse, harassment and family conflict,” he added. Other concerns studied were in accessibility to digital sources, gaps in implementation of government schemes and psychiatric diseases. Dr. Raghavan  pointed  out  that the  criminal  justice  system  mechanism must consider  post-release  requirements  of prisoners. He also spoke about legal issues like delay in dispensation of cases, suspension of jail visits (mulakat), inability to pay fees charged by advocates.

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