Student Affair

Legal AID & Legal Awareness

Total number of Initiatives No. of Beneficiaries

Legal awareness and Literacy sessions - camps at Rural & Urban Areas (Held at - Pirangut, Somatane, Rashin, Bhaje,Mulshi, Khadki, Lohegaon, SadashivPeth, Erandwane, Panvel)



Capacity building and empowerment Trainings(Panchayat members, police,prison officers, justice workers, Para legal volunteers, researchers etc.)



Alternate Dispute Resolution



Highlights of its Social Outreach Programmes :

  1. 6th August 2014, Release of Information booklet on Women Protection:Janwani, in collaboration with Women's Cell, Pune Police and Symbiosis Law School Pune (SIU) has prepared a handbook on 'Women Safety in Pune', made the content development.

  2. Initiated the legal empowerment programmewith the NGO – Saheli which works for 4000 commercial sex workers in Pune. A resource material in Hindi was prepared by the students.

  3. On 4th and 5th Sep. 2014, empowerment programme for 250 female IT employees on "Women Safety and Awareness" was organized by Legal Aid, Literacy & ADR Cell of SLS Pune in association with Janwani at Gallagher Operations Support Services Pvt. Ltd.: here ---faculty and ---students engaged as resource persons/volunteers.

  4. VidyarathiAbhiyan-Internship with Police –Date: 27th September -10 Oct 2011 coordinated by Group Leader: Chandan A. Mahamuni (LL.M-II Roll No.26) and Someshwar Wale. Number of Internees: 50 students.Theinternship included the orientation to police diaries, court registers, documents, site visits, participation in the live raid etc.

  5. Operation ''Mission Mrutunjay''- 2nd September 2013 -2014 -SLS Students participated in the Operation ''Mission Mrutunjay''by Pune Police. Approximately 45 students have registered to volunteer the police in the national interest.As a part of this activity Deccan Police station had organized a session at Garware College,Pune and invited various student volunteer to participate in the orientation on Bomb Squad Unit.

  6. In furtherance of the 'Swachh Bharat' campaign, instituted by our Hon'ble Prime Minister Mr. NarendraModi, on the 17th of November, 2014, Symbiosis Law School, Pune, and Symbiosis College of Nursing, jointly took the initiative of cleaning up the banks of the Mula-Mutha river in collaboration with Pune Municipal Corporation. Over 120 students participated in the campaign.

  7. Date: 19/07/2013 Participation of Students in VanaraiAmrutVarshaMahotsav (Paddy Sowing) at Village Malavali. The participation was facilitated for studentswith the objective of creating awareness among the student community to make them understand the nature of paddy cultivation as well as to appreciate the hardships that farmers go through.

  8. Organized a study visit for the students of I Year BA/BBA LLB (284 students) to Maharashtra Judicial Academy in Thane. During the visit, students participated in a Capsule Course on 'Judicial Process, Judicial Reasoning/Decision Making and Judgment Writing'.

  9. Open Consultation was organized by SLS, Pune as part of its Law reform initiatives on 'Recommendation for Prevention of heinous crimes against women with reference to Rape and Sexual assault' for Justice J. S. Verma Committee on 3rd January 2013.

  10. Conducted capacity building course by Dr. ShashikalaGurpur and group of faculty members of SLS, Pune for prison officers of including 8 Dy. SPs and 87 constables (Jail Officers Training School, Yerwada) from 23rd August 2012 onwards.

  11. Oct 2nd 2014 Global Shapers Community and SLS (SIU) celebrated PEDESTRIAN DAY. Volunteers approached citizens to take a pledge on Gandhi's birthday - 'Whenever we walk, we only walk on footpath and whenever we drive, we only drive on road'. He walked for whole nation, we requested citizens to walk for their healthy life.

  12. The Legal Aid Cell, Symbiosis Law School, Pune in collaboration with Alexis Preshti, an initiative that works for Prison Rights and Prison Reformation in India, conducted street plays across Pune to bring about awareness on the rights of the prisoners in India and the importance of rehabilitating prisoners back into the society.

  13. On 17/04/09 SLS Pune and (CLRN)Project team members along with NGO-PCGT (Public Concern For Governance Trust) conducted a awareness programme at Paud, Pirangut on the topic- 'Right vis-a-vis duty to Vote'.

  14. Between 18th May- 21 May 2010 a programme as 'Mahatma Gandhi Tanta MuktiGaoYojna' at Pirangut village was conducted where in 8 matters were settled by learned panelists comprised by advocate, retired judge , faculty , social activists.

  15. On 2nd Jan.2010Adv. S. Madke delivered lecture and gave consultancy to Pirangut villagers on the 'Rights of the Consumer and Use of LokAdalat' at Bhairavnath Temple,PawaleGali, Pirangut. Prof. Abhijit also accompanied Adv.Madke in the consultancy.

  16. Research sharing and discussion on the research project 'The Pursuit of Economic and Social Rights in India's Lower Judiciary'National Centre for Advocacy Studies (NCAS) in Maharashtra; by the Centre for Social Justice in Gujarat and by JagoriGrameen in Himachal Pradesh dated 28th Feb 2013.In this project SLS provided legal aid and assistance to the farmers of Ruigavhan, Taluka –Karjat, Dist- Ahmednagar with respect to de-reservation of the land to Great Indian Bustard sanctuary.

  17. Paralegal volunteers : capacity building-Para-Legal Volunteers at Shivajinagar District Court,Pune was conducted on 15/03/2011 at Ashoka Hall, Shivajinagar District Court, Compound Two faculty members–Prof SubhadaPednekar and Prof Santosh Aghavwere deputed by SLS Pune to address the participants at the Paralegal Volunteer Training Programme

  18. Jail officers Training at SayajiraoJadhav Jail Officers Training School (JOTS)Yerwada Aug. 2012 to Oct.2012 –carried out by various faculty members including the Director Dr. ShashikalaGurpur(Details of session in Annexure 3.6.1)

  19. Law Reform Initiatives:

    1. Research Project on Advocacy Policy development on Adolescent boys in Sex work-Child protection. (2008)
    2. Research Project with District Court to de-list Juvenile Undertrials resulting in release of 6 cases (2009)
    3. Prison research on Foreign Prisoners (2010)
    4. Law Reform in-put by Director as member of Law Commission of India (Nine areas of national significance during 2010-12)
    5. Provided perspectives on various legislations to Ms.VandanaChavan, Local MP (2012)
    6. SLS Pune organized National conference of Judges and law professionals on access to Justice (2009)
    7. SLS Pune organized National Consultation with Law Commission of India for Reforms in Justice Delivery system (2012)
    8. Law Reform initiative with reference to Justice Verma Committee call for views re Crimes against women (2013)

  20. Project with NGO Sahelito create awareness on Human Rights : at BudhwarPeth –to impart legal awareness on Human Rights (translated in Hind) of sex workers and support to dependent children (ongoing since 2010)

  21. Service learning Internships - More than 450 Students of Third year BA,BBA LLB during their service learning (Jan and March 2014-15) have contributed towards community empowerment in association with National,International organizations in various parts of India mainly working for various vulnerable class of the society- Child, Women's,Labour, Senior citizen, Third gender,Tribal's And also issues concerning human rights, environment.

  22. Make A Difference Project : Students from SLS Pune and the Legal Aid Cell members in association with NGO Saheliconducted training programs on legal rights for commercial sex workers. A few International Students who visited SLS Pune on a student exchange programme, also participated in a visit toBudhwarPeth area Pune where such commercial sex workers were being trained on their legal rights.

  23. Preparation of Legal Awareness Kit - Translation of a manual from English into Hindi which was provided to us through NGO Saheli.

  24. Tech Legal Cell - awareness among students-cell has conducted various awareness programmes for students on basics of IP law and practice.

  25. Social responsibility by helping, supporting victims of German bakery blast in pune- Coordinatedblood donation camp;provided shelter to relatives / parents, arrangement of food, conveyance; liaison with government authorities to get the compensation and support

  26. Cloth collection for poor , pet adoption during Symbhav –annual fest

  27. Crisis Management- helping student and community to support during calamities, accidents, public disturbance