In spite of our having a huge educated population, the nation is not progressing at the desired speed. Our leaders have rightly diagnosed that this is because the working population of our country lacks in skills necessary for performing their jobs. While attempts are on to stimulate skill development in private as well as un-organised sectors, very little is being done to develop skills in the government sector.
This is starkly visible in the courts, with whom common man has a brush once in a while. True, there are institutions and academies which train judicial officers. But the focus of their activities is to fill up knowledge gaps only for judicial officers. What about other stake holders in the judicial system -say, lawyers? Institution of learning at the feet of seniors at the bar has already vanished. There are no longer bar room tables where juniors could learn by watching seniors. All the stake holders of the system, judges, lawyers, supporting staff including lawyers clerks and petition writers would have to be trained in skills to use technology and inject speed in the system. The lament of inadequate infrastructure must be discouraged till the system shows that it has been using available resources optimally.
Today, a majority of stakeholders in the system believe that their opportunities of making more money depend on delays and inefficiency of the system. This helps injustice thrive, makes wrongdoers believe that they can get away with anything and discourages honest citizens from seeking redressal of their grievances from the system. This has to be reversed. Every one within the system should be able to make an honest living by eliminating delays, making the system more efficient and having a greater turn over, ensuring enough work for all those who want to make a career with the system- as a judge, lawyer, a court employee, a lawyer's clerk or even a petition writer.
Since an organised attempt for skill development in legal system is not in the sight, many of us felt that rather than waiting for someone to make a beginning, why not take up the project ourselves? And this is why the idea of 'Ekalavya' was conceived. Ekalavya proposes to provide a platform for all stake holders in the system to acquire skills to improve their performance free of charge -without any gurudakshina. Experienced judges and lawyers as well as the newcomers would participate in activities to evaluate every step in court processes and to suggest the best ways of taking those steps by making full use of technological advances which are available.
The site provides open forum, articles, speeches, quiz contests, and would soon launch webinars, and small modular courses to achieve the objectives listed above.
Launch of the site at the auspicious hands of Hon. Shri Devendraji Fadnavis indicates his concern for justice delivery mechanism and bolsters our attempts to inculcate skill development.