Interview With Dr. Ripon Bhattacharjee Associate Professor & HOD At School Of Law And Justice, Adamas University

A competent and dedicated teacher Dr. Ripon Bhattacharjee has completed his legal education from University of North Bengal, Darjeeling. He joined Adamas University in the position of Associate Professor, faculty of Law. Proven ability in classroom management and student motivation, he has earned a Doctorate degree in the field of Environmental Law. Dr. Bhattacharya, post acquiring his Master’s degree in Law, gained teaching experience in Government Law College, Tripura, Alliance University, Bangalore Indian Institution of Legal Studies, Siliguri, and AURO University, Gujarat. Through his projects in padagogy development and extensive research works, he has gathered remarkable exposure in the spheres of Law. An action oriented professional, Dr. Bhattacharjee has also coducted National Moot Competetions, FDPs, Seminars, and also got some relevant articles and reports published in various national and international Journals.

1. Hello Sir, Please Tell Us Something About Yourself to Our Readers.

Born at Agartala, Tripura, since of my childhood I brought up amidst to the nature and evergreen emotions of my family, for which I may be reasoned to be called as an emotional personality. Of my likings, swimming to which, I have an acute passion, singing for which I crave in perpetuity, and other social activities to which I am always indebted with. I, Ripon Bhattacharjee, with various mete and bound the person who always stands with the widest shoulder to the fact and task given with.

2. What Inspired You to Choose Law as Your Career? Why Law and Not Engineering or Medical Studies?

Since in the beginning, as I mentioned of my birth place in the midst of the adventure itself, I seen several of the legal introspections, to which I in my deeper strings had a wish conceived for law always. To the fact, pertinent for me to state that, as I belongs from a business family, legal affairs is often in my house stood to be the part of discussion where I used to notice lawyers of repute dealing with the given issues, to which my senses often took off ignorantly. Law therefore for me took a distinguished place, than of Engineering or Medical Studies, though for which I carries the deepest gratitude and regard.

3. You Completed Your BA.LLB, LL.M &Ph.D from University of North Bengal, West Bengal. Please, Tell Us About Your Law School Journey and Experience.

Journey from being the student of law to a teacher of it, has been the path of true enrichment. From being a small town boy, to a place of grandeur, North Bengal University, journey for me itself revolutionary. Formative years though didn’t cater much of the zeal for law till I met my mentor Prof. (Dr.) Gangotri Chakraborty, from Department of Law, University of North Bengal , ex Dean of GNLU and ex Registrar of National University of Juridical Science, Kolkata. Her drive in my life in growth and touching the spirit of law itself since of my fourth year involved within me indefatigably, under whose guidance I did my PhD later, I am to which perceived to be fortunate enough.

4. Did You Pursue Any Extracurricular Activities Such as Mooting, Debate, Seminar, Online courses, Publication and Sports? How Did This Contribute to Your Holistic Development? Do You Think Such Activities Are Important in Law Student’s Life?

Yes, I am in move to moot, debate, conferences and other activities constantly. For me, these are the activities, students in law must involved into, which in a sense helps them to throw out their confidences, wipe out the phobia of mass addressing and built up their strong senses, which in law always in need to have the quick shift of minds.

5. Sir, What Do You Like Best About Teaching? What Is the Best Thing About Being A Professor and What’s the Worst?

Teaching for me always stood interesting, where meeting with the young minds every morning called me early to be in mood. Most importantly, I am the subscriber of the prescription given by the King Solomon long time before, where he given of the secret to be young always, and said “Older you get, younger should be your company”. Though on a lighter vein I considered that innocently, my passion for teaching craved out of my communication skill, I am through which convey my thoughts to the minds listening to me on the subject being told.

There is no worst side for me being the professor, it’s always the journey I love to be in repels where I stay in distance still I look at the bay.

6. Do You Feel That There Are Differences Between Students Of ‘Elite’ Law Schools and Students from Other Law Colleges and Traditional Universities?

Conventionally though I am not believer of the fact that medium causes the differences in talents and skills, but in todays demand the pedagogy which the advanced institute in follow for imparting knowledge make much of the difference in comparison with the traditional universities, which for me reforms at an earliest measure is in demand to make.

7. Could You Please Give Young Readers Certain Tips on Excelling in Academics? As A Teacher What Tips Do You Give to Your Students for Proper Understanding of a Subject?

Though unsolicited tips I don’t know whether works in truth or not, but for me it happened, hope it may work out for some. To excel in law, reading is a habit that one must inculcate, and writing along with. In completion of which with all the flexibility, the oratory skills to be developed to put the ultimate ball on toss, where certainly through presentation of facts anyone can glue the attention of the many. The roads of victory would not be far-fetched for him/her then.

For better understanding of a topic or subject, one must go through the cases to acknowledge the pragmatic vision of it.

8. Sir, Which subjects do you teach? How do you equip your students to make a career in those areas?

Constitution and Environmental Law I love to teach, though I keep my amplitude of teaching in variance.

Students to make career in the subjects I teach are many. In practice they can prosper in the writs court, the High Court and Supreme Court. In the environmental tribunal they can make their career well.

9. What is your experience as a teacher in the COVID era?

Unfortunate the time looks to be, dull and gloomy. Studies in this time possible taking place because of digitalization, though in conveyance of the subject not become a hurdle to teach, but to catch the reaction of the students sitting other side, whether they are listening to the their teachers or not often make the class a tragic one, where some time the teacher felt to be in a constant monologue.

10. The Best Experience and Success Habit You Would Like to Share with Law Students to Encourage Them.

For me success stood to be the outcome of perseverance, and in completion of my course from first year of LL.B to PhD at a stretch of 10 years in continuity (at a stretch)  is what for me success is.

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

Teaching is a good carrier to take, but to inculcate a habit of constant learning and getting those thought well composed and articulated, is what anyone desirous to become a teacher should looks through.

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