New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday (September 11, 2021) laid the foundation stone for the Uttar Pradesh National Law University at Prayagraj. Speaking about the choice of Prayagraj for the Uttar Pradesh National Law University, the President said that a major identity of the city has been as a centre of education. 

“Given the important role of Allahabad High Court and the reputation of Prayagraj as a centre of education, it is the ideal place for this Law University,” he said. 

The President also laid the foundation stone for a new building complex of Allahabad High Court at Prayagraj. Referring to the Allahabad High Court’s historic decision to enrol India’s first woman lawyer, Cornelia Sorabji in 1921, the President termed that decision a forward-looking decision in the direction of women empowerment. 

He also said that last month, a new history was created of the women’s participation in the judiciary with the appointment of nine judges, including three women judges, in the Supreme Court. 

He noted that the presence of four women judges out of the total 33 judges appointed in the Supreme Court is the highest ever in the history of the judiciary. He said that these appointments have paved the way for a woman Chief Justice of India in future. 

President Kovind emphasized that the establishment of a truly just society would be possible only when the participation of women increases in all areas including the judiciary. 

He said that if India has to achieve the inclusive ideals of its Constitution, then the role of women in the judiciary also has to be increased.

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