An Interview with Sarvesh Kumar Shahi (Assistant Professor of Law at KIIT Law School, Bhubaneshwar)

Mr. Sarvesh Kumar Shahi is currently working as an Assistant Professor, Law at KIIT University Bhubaneshwar. Mr. Shahi has been a Visiting Faculty of MNLU Nagpur since 2016. He is also a Lifetime Educational Member of the Society of Innovative Educationalist & Scientific Research Professional, Malaysia. Mr. Shahi has completed his law graduation from the University of Lucknow and LLM from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. He has authored a book titled ‘Law Relating to Trade Secret and Technology Transfer’ and has more than 25 research papers published in his name in reputed journals. Mr. Shahi has vast academic experience of working with India’s eminent institutes such as IIM Lucknow, Amity Law School, Noida, All India Reporter, Nagpur and Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussorie. He worked on several research projects of Ministry of Rural Development and Ministry of Tribal affairs, Govt. Of India and currently pursuing research on Water Laws. Before joining KIIT University, he was engaged as an Assistant Professor with Shri Ramswaroop Memorial University, Lucknow. His areas of expertise are Procedural Laws, Water Laws and Intellectual Property Laws.

1. Hello Sir, please introduce yourself to our readers.

I, Sarvesh Kumar Shahi, am currently working as an Assistant Professor, Law with KIIT School of Law, KIIT University, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha and is associated with National Law University, Nagpur as a Visiting Faculty since August 08, 2016. I have completed my BA LLB(H) from University of Lucknow in 2009 and LLM in the year 2013 from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. I have seven years of work experience in the field of litigation, teaching and research. I started my career working as a Research Assistant, Legal Management Department, IIM Lucknow. I began my teaching career with Amity Law School, Noida. I have also worked as a Legal Research Analyst with AIR Law Academy & Research Centre, Nagpur and as a Research Associate, Law with Centre for Rural Studies, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, where I  worked on several socio-legal projects with Ministry of Rural Development and Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India. Before joining KIIT University, I  was engaged as an Assistant Professor, Law with Shri Ramswaroop Memorial University, Lucknow. My area of expertise are Water Laws, Intellectual Property Laws and Procedural Laws.

2. What interested you to take up Law as a profession?

I have a legal background with my father working as Public Prosecutor for the Government of Uttar Pradesh and since my school days, in our home, we had an atmosphere of discussion on socio-legal issues and changing nature of crimes in the society. It motivated me to read and understand law and how it changes as per the need of the society…

3. Tell us a bit about your study time during college life.

Three to four hours after the college.

4. You have Completed Your LL.B From Lucknow University, Lucknow, And LL.M From NALSAR, Hyderabad. Tell Us About Your Law School Journey.

Lucknow University is a traditional university where the focus of teachers and students were mostly towards class lectures and learning process and it was very tough to get even 60% percent of marks in the examination. It helped us to work hard and be attentive during class lectures so as to be familiar with the teaching pattern. This method helped me to spend more time to understand the theoretical concepts of law in a better manner.

The experience of NALSAR was totally different. Being a National Law University,  the focus is towards skill development by engaging students in co-curricular activities and number of academic events like debates and seminars. Doing LLM from this University helped me to learn modern techniques of teaching. Also, frequent face to face interactions with country’s reputed professors and policy makers driven me towards opting teaching as a Career.

6. Do you think that Mooting, Publication, Debate and Internship are important in law student’s life?

Yes. Of course, it enhances the communication and negotiation skills.

7. What should be the prime concern of a law student?

To learn the skills of interpretation and application of law.

8. A Law Student Tries to Focus on The Element Of ‘Quantity’ And Not ‘Quality’? What Are Your Views on This?

Law as a subject has very wide area to cover. So, I think the element of quantity is also very important to understand various aspects of law but there has to be a balance with the quality and whatever a student has read and understood he must apply it during internships and should shift his focus towards clinical legal education for the purpose of enhancing his skills as a legal personnel.

9. Tell Us About Your Teaching Methodology.

I use Inductive method of teaching which focuses on involvement of all the students in my class and encourages equal participation.

10. The best experience and success habit you would like to share with law students to encourage them.

I enjoyed working as a Legal Research Associate at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie where I worked on various socio-legal projects of Ministry of Rural Development and Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India.

As far as success habit is concerned, I believe that if you are consistent with your efforts and focussed towards your goal, you will definitely achieve what you desire.

11. Lastly, What Would Be Your Message to People Who Want to Take Up A Career in Teaching?

One must be passionate towards teaching and must be ready to adapt changes in the society. One must develop reading and listening habit which opens the area of analytical approach towards learning process.

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