Indian Institute of Advanced Study Empowers Citizens with Public Awareness Program

The program featured a moving ceremony led by Secretary IIAS Shri Mehar Chand Negi, where attendees took the Voter’s Pledge, reaffirming their commitment to uphold democratic values and participate in elections with integrity. This highlighted the institute’s dedication to fostering a sense of civic duty and responsibility among citizens.

A highlight of the program was an insightful lecture titled “Justice in the 21st Century: How India is Redefining Crime and Punishment” delivered by Smt. Reeta Goswami, Senior Advocate, High Court of Himachal Pradesh. Her lecture provided a comprehensive analysis of the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, and Bharatiya Sakshya Bill, shedding light on the key changes introduced by these new laws and their potential impact on the Indian justice system.

The event garnered significant interest and participation from a diverse audience, including National Fellows, Fellows, Guest Fellows, Scholars in residence, Officers, and Employees of the Institute. The engaging discussions that followed the lecture demonstrated the institute’s commitment to fostering intellectual discourse on critical issues affecting the nation.

Shri Mehar Chand Negi, Secretary of IIAS, emphasized the importance of the Voter’s Pledge as a reminder of the collective responsibility to protect and strengthen democracy through active participation. Smt. Reeta Goswami stressed the significance of understanding the new criminal laws as a crucial step towards modernizing India’s justice system. SPRO of IIAS, Akhilesh Pathak moderated the whole session.

The Indian Institute of Advanced Study continues to be a leading force in advancing knowledge and promoting informed citizenship through its diverse programs and activities. As a premier research institute dedicated to the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, IIAS remains committed to fostering intellectual discourse and empowering citizens with knowledge that contributes to the betterment of society.

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