May 17, 2021

Interview: Anindhya Tiwari (HoD, MATS Law School; B.A. LL.B & LL.M, HNLU and Ph.D, NLUJ)

Anindhya Tiwari is currently the Head of the Department of MATS Laws School. He has completed his Bachelors and Masters in Law from HNLU, Raipur and Ph.D in International Business from NLU Jodhpur. He has a teaching experience in various prestigious institutions like NLU Jodhpur, Galgotias University, etc.

We managed to ask him following questions.

How would you like to introduce yourself to our readers?

A teacher and a student of law who has acquired his academic acumen from some of the best academicians at the then HNLU & NLUJ, as a student & Research Scholar and is still am learning everyday from the most vibrant lot of people known as students and colleagues at my various employments at Jaipur National University, NLU Jodhpur, Galgotias University and currently at MATS University, Raipur as Head of the Department of MATS Laws School. I am religious and have strong opinions about subject matters of interests. I love to engage in debates without the same affecting my professionalism.

Please tell us something about your pre-college life? What inspired you to pursue law? What were your areas of interest during your graduation and how did you go about developing expertise in them?

I was an average student and was very bad at Mathematics. But by grace of God had very supportive parents for whom marks were just numbers and they always believed in the development in personality and character. Law was always preferred choice as my father was a lawyer who practised and then joined central government service as Law officer and my grandfather was member of jury which was a practise decades ago. From 8th standard onwards brochures of NLS Bangalore use to be ordered and the pictures of Library tower used to fascinate me. However I was able to crack entrance exam of HNLU in 2004, thus beginning my legal career.

Like most of the students in NLUs I developed a liking for corporate laws and taxation, during graduation however I started excelling in the field during my post graduation and later as teacher. I believe and owe whatever limited knowledge I have in the field to my students who kept me on my toes to be better prepared for class every day.

What prompted you to choose teaching as a career?

Since 2004 one thing that NLU culture ensured that internship is the most important thing of a law student’s life, which we followed religiously and competitively. This helped most of us go for as much internship as we can at various forums, sheer out of peer pressure, which in turn helped us understand various nuances of different sectors. I have internship experience of almost all the forums possible from District Court, LPOs to MNCs and top Law Firms. In 2009, during my final internship I got a PPO from a leading law firm at Jangpoora, New Delhi as well but it was not my calling. One thing that I haven’t tried was judicial service so I tried for the same preparing for it for almost a year and it didn’t work out. Then I went for LLM and I found out the pleasure of being on the other side of the desk as a Teaching Assistant. This experience watered the seeds of a teacher inside me.

What do you find most challenging in a law school? How important a role do you think law school plays in shaping one’s career?

Law School is not just place to study law is an experience. A person, considering he lives for age of 70 years, spends 5 to 10 percent of his life at law school based upon degrees he is willing to pursue. This is quiet challenging but fun. You can say it’s the same with all university education system but as per my experience this something only a residential law school can provide. The pressure of study, deadlines, moots, internships, prestige friends turned family members and the fun part. This something a student can only experience in a law school and would say only in a residential law school. Like in my case I was a very strange personality and I faced many problems in my 1st semester but the law school environment taught me and made me the person I am today, academically and personality wise. I cannot imagine myself to be what I am subtracting role of HNLU and NLUJ from my life.

You have done your Bachelors in Law and Masters in Law from HNLU. Please share with us your experience.

As mentioned earlier it was a life time experience all thanks to the wonderful teachers and friends I have met in HNLU. Those were the treasured moments. Coming from a small town, that too with limited interactions with people outside my family circle, 7 years at HNLU and then at NLUJ changed my personality and equipped me well for life.

You are now the Head of the Department (MATS Law School) at MATS University. How is your work experience so far?

It’s a challenge every day. This is my first major administrative assignment and that too in one the most popular private university in the central region of the country, this doesn’t come easy. Teaching is altogether a different job but teaching and managing everything in University, maybe private or a state one, is a different ball game. People may feel differently but I think I am doing fairly well since April 2018. Every day is a challenge when you are demanding more for better and still maintain a balance. Now do I feel more respect for my supervisors and teachers who used to manage students and employees as challenging like me and then come out with solutions to any demand or problems, with a smile (generally) on the face.

Could you give our young readers certain tips on excelling in academics?

Interest in the field that you have chosen, hard work, honesty and faith are the only things that can keep you going despite all odds.

What is the importance of mooting, publication and internships in a law student life?

All of them plays equal role in development of a law student. But priority may differ as per goals. One thing which is super hyped in a law school is mooting. By calling it super hyped I don’t want undermine its value but student misunderstand the value of other academic activity over mooting. I have seen good students wasting 4 – 5 semester of academic teaching over few moots. Of course mooting is good but not at the cost of studies. There should be balance of all three. One or two good moots with 100% effort is all it takes to learn the art. Likewise 2 good publications per year is more than sufficient to secure you good scholarship for masters at an ivy league university. For internship, the more you do the more you learn.

What is your opinion on the Indian legal education system?

We have come a full circle in the field of legal education from a Law being losers preference to one of the most sought after field of study but every system can be further improved. Let hope things will change with new upcoming policies.

What would be your parting message to our readers who are primarily law students and young lawyers?

You will survive law school anyways but you will shine only with hard work. There’s lots of opportunity out there for a law graduate. Probably no other field gives these many options which a law graduate have. All you need to do is to stay positive, keep yourself healthy, engage in positive debates, remove negative people and thoughts, own responsibility, have patience, love your parents and trust God. It’s very simple, isn’t it?

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