The Centre for Law and Society, Gujarat National Law University organized a special lecture on the “Right to Information Act, 2005” for the journalism students of St Xavier's College, Ahmedabad on 20th September 2017 (Wednesday). It was a student organized program led by the Student Convener, Sameer Rashid Bhat with the support and guidance of the Faculty Convener, Mr. Saurabh Anand (Assistant Professor of Sociology, GNLU). A team of eight students, Sameer Rashid Bhat, Isa Hakim and Gayathree Kalliyat from the fifth year, Rohan Merchant, Abhishek Vyas and Varnita from the third year, Anmol Kanodia from the second year and Keertana Venkatesh from the first year, conducted a session sensitizing the students about the importance of the Act, the right itself and how the students could make the maximum use of the same.
The concepts of Right to Information were explained using various visual aids. The introductory statement was given by Isa and Gayathree, who talked about the importance of information and the necessity of such a right in a democratic country. This was followed by the explanation of certain terms in the Act and the intricacies in procedure. State specific legislations were also explained. The lecture ended with an interactive session conducted by Sameer where the students were given hypothetical problems and they were asked to apply the concepts explained to them in the class. The students were also encouraged to file online/offline RTI applications to familiarize them with the procedure involved and to encourage them to become active participants of society.
This lecture was in furtherance of the purpose of the Committee, which is to simplify legislations so that citizens are aware of their rights and know how to exercise them. The session was very interactive and both the Committee members and students of St. Xavier’s found the activity to be very informative.
(Written by Anmol Kanodia)