Education can be significantly improved by using information and communication technology (ICT). We can make online contents, mobile applications, e-learning platforms and so on to improve Indian education system. At the advanced stage, we can establish sufficient numbers of virtual campuses so that education can be provided even at the remotest corners of Indian territories.
Legal education in India needs a complete rejuvenation. There is no second opinion that legal education can be greatly benefited by involving active use of ICT. India has embraced e-governance for long and it is high time to actually implement what Indian government has been planning for many years.
Online legal education in India is still at the infancy stage. In fact, the concept of online education has not been accepted with full heart in India so far. Another area of concern is the academic nature of our educational system where there is no real choice between skills and degree. A blind race to acquire a degree would not bring any tangible benefits except unemployment and frustration. This is the reason why India must stress upon skill based education and trainings.
Skills based education and training can be effectively imparted if we adopt online education or e-learning methodology. This is more so in the legal education field that has mostly remained untouched by the use of information technology for educational purposes.
Perry4Law’s Techno Legal Base (PTLB) has been working in the direction of establishment and working of online legal education in India for long. Not only this, PTLB Virtual Campus is also providing many techno legal skills development, training and education courses in India and around the world through online education, distance learning and e-learning modes. We are also helping young school children in choosing the most appropriate courses for legal career. However, our courses have been designed for stakeholders ranging from school children to teaching faculties.
Taking these initiatives a step further, PTLB has launched two dedicated initiatives in these fields. These are launching of dedicated websites for virtual legal education campus (VLEC) of India and virtual law campus (VLC) of India by PTLB. These websites would be fully functional very soon and virtual legal education would get a new shape and meaning in India. Further, we have also launched Twitter accounts named PTLB Virtual Campus and Virtual Law Campus that would help in better coordination and information sharing between PTLB and various stakeholders.
The aim of these two initiatives and other educational projects of PTLB is to impart online legal education ranging from traditional fields to the most contemporary topics. For instance, PTLB has been managing online cyber law education in India for long. Cyber law is a contemporary legal area that requires techno legal expertise. There are very few cyber law education institutions in India and even lesser are cyber law experts in India. Thus, the demand for cyber law professionals is very great in India and other jurisdictions.
Similarly, areas like cyber security, cyber forensics, e-courts, online dispute resolution (ODR), e-discovery, etc also require qualitative educational institutions. The traditional universities or colleges are constrained by their own rules and courses but online education platforms are free to provide qualitative and customised techno legal courses.
PTLB is in the course of adding and introducing novel, qualitative and highly efficient training, skills development and education tools and technologies. We are also introducing some very unique and highly required techno legal and other courses that are not properly represented in present times. PTLB is also exploring tie ups and collaborations with universities, colleges and other online learning platforms in India and abroad.
Our initial idea is to use PTLB Virtual Campus for various techno legal courses, trainings and skills development programs like cyber law, cyber security, cyber forensics, etc. Whereas we intend to use Virtual Law Campus for legal fields and law courses that are imparted in universities and colleges. However, both Virtual Legal Education Campus (VLES) and Virtual Law Campus (VLC) would primarily cater the requirements of legal courses, trainings and skills developments initiatives though we may add other techno legal courses as well. PTLB would share more details about PTLB Virtual Campus, VLEC and VLC very soon.