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Late G. R. Gandhi Endowment Lecture at 'SPPU'
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Tuesday, October 16 | 11:34 AM
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Pune : The Department of Law, Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) has organized the 'Late G. R. Gandhi Endowment Lecture' on the topic of "Media, Educational Institutions and Right to Information.'  Prof. Dr. Madabhushnam Sridhar Acharyulu, Information Commissioner, Central Information Commission, New Delhi graced the event by enlightening on the above topic.

The programme began with the release of a book 'Privacy as Secrecy' authored by Dr. Acharyulu himself and released at the hands of Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Nitin Karmalkar, Dr. N.S. Umrani, Pro-Vice Chancellor, 'SPPU' was also present therein.

Prof. Dr. A. Lakshminath, Former Vice Chancellor, Chanakya National Law University, Patna was present as the chief guest of the programme. The welcome address was delivered by Prof. Dr. Durgambini Patel, Head, Department of Law. She explained the students various perspectives of right to information and also recalled the work of Late G. R. Gandhi. The inaugural address was delivered by Dr. Vijay Khare, Dean, Faculty of Humanities, 'SPPU'. Prof. Dr. A. Lakshminath in his presidential address critically analyzed various issues and nuances of the privacy and media.

Dr. Acharyulu in his speech explained the relevance of the title of the lecture and explained the nexus thereto. He deliberated upon various provisions of the Right to Information Act, 2005 and its co-existence with the Official Secrets Act. He also guided the students by giving apt examples, illustrations and landmark case laws in the realm of right to information. At the end of his speech he gave the students the message 'to imbibe the courage of questioning and to obtain accurate and true answers thereto.' He also encouraged the students to be 'vibrant citizens' being the part of 'fifth estate of the State' i.e. civil society. The lecture was followed with the brief question-answer session wherein Dr. Acharyulu enlightened the students.

The lecture series was co-ordinated by Dr. Sonia Nagarale, Assistant Professor, Department of Law. The program was attended by the Prof. Dr. Dilip Ukey, Prof. Dr. Jyoti Bhakare, Dr. Naresh Waghmare and the teaching as well as non-teaching staff of the Department of Law, 'SPPU'.
 
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