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In Pursuit of Justice

Date: April 23 - 24, 2016
Time: 11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Venue: Vismaya Gallery, Rangoli Metro Art Center Boulevard, Mahatma Gandhi Road

About the Exhibition

‘In Pursuit of Justice’ is 2-day exhibition featuring posters, infographics, photo-narratives, documentary films, a panel discussion, and one-on-one interaction with educators and students of Azim Premji University, Bangalore on their experiential learning during the Clinical Engagement component of the Law and Governance Specialisation of the M.A. (Development) programme. The exhibition provides the Clinics a platform to showcase their year-long engagement with issues they have taken up and to share information and knowledge about contemporary developmental challenges with interested people in Bangalore.

Apart from an interactive display of the work of the clinics through both days of the exhibition, there will also be a panel discussion titled Learning Through Developmental Clinics: A Conversation with Clinic Faculty Directors (Atreyee Mazumder, Sitharamam Kakarala and Narayana A) moderated by Abhayraj Naik at 4 pm, Saturday, 23rd April 2016.

The exhibition is open to all members of the public and people from all walks of life are expected.

About the Clinics

Clinical engagement is a core component of the Law and Governance Specialisation in the M.A. Development programme at Azim Premji University, Bangalore. Clinical engagement provides students with an opportunity to experience the key challenges confronted by developmental practitioners while also creating modest possibilities for social justice, law reform, and the meeting of previously unmet developmental needs. Clinics incorporate a sustained empirical engagement with the field so as to supplement theoretical classroom curriculum and pedagogies. Clinics also expose students to the skills, requirements and techniques for managing unstructured developmental situations where the "issues" have not been pre-identified. Students cooperatively work with faculty supervisors and domain-specific organizations to identify an issue, to create associations with stakeholders to contextualize and comprehend the field within which the issue is located, to frame a strategy of intervention for the issue, and to go ahead and implement the intervention.

The ongoing Clinics are: The Human Rights Clinic (HRC), The Land Governance Clinic (LGC) and The Local Governance Clinic (LOGC).

The Human Rights Clinic (HRC) of 2015-2016 is working on the issue of the death penalty with an emphasis on death row convicts in the state of Karnataka. The Land Governance Clinic (LGC) of 2015-2016 is working on governance of common lands with a specific focus on the Amrit Mahal Kavals in Challakere, Chitradurga District, Karnataka. The Local Governance Clinic (LOGC) of 2015-2016 is working on village subcommittees in Nangali Gram Panchayat, Kolar under Section 61A of the Karnataka Panchayati Raj Act, 1993.

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