To honour the memory of renowned jurist and former Attorney General for India, Mr. Soli J. Sorabjee, JGU has established the Soli J. Sorabjee Endowment Award & Scholarship. The Award and Scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving student in the field of human rights law & theory, offered as part of the undergraduate programmes in the Jindal Global Law School.
The Soli J. Sorabjee Endowment Award and Scholarship has been established owing to a generous endowment instituted by Senior Advocate Mr. Satvik Varma in his personal capacity and will be offered for 20 years. The award, which will carry a scholarship, along with an award medal, will be announced on March 9 every year to coincide with the birth anniversary of Mr. Sorabjee.
Soli Sorabjee was a champion of freedom of speech and expression, and defended the right to freedom of speech and expression in many landmark cases, that included the Kesavananda Bharti and the S.R. Bommai cases, in the Supreme Court of India. To Mr. Sorabjee, human rights were the conscience of the Constitution, and an independent judiciary, its conscience keeper. Therefore, the Scholarship and Award stands reminiscent of Soli Sorabjee’s achievements and his contributions to human rights advocacy in all its forms and an area of close interest to Mr. Sorabjee.
Making the endowment, Mr. Varma said, “Mr. Sorabjee’s passing was a huge personal loss. Over the years, I had developed a very close personal relationship with him, which afforded an insight into the man as a lawyer and also his personal side. He was generous, affectionate, caring, compassionate and always ready to extend a helping hand. His values and passion have deeply inspired and influenced me. And his loss has left the legal community in India and abroad with a void. We felt the best way to continue his deep commitment to human rights was by instituting an extended Scholarship and Award in his memory.”
Announcing the Award, the Founding Vice Chancellor of JGU, Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, observed, “The purpose of the scholarship is to promote academic excellence, research, integrity and diversity by recognising the outstanding academic achievement of a student in a course on human rights. We are grateful to Mr. Satvik Varma for partnering with JGU for instituting this award in the name of Mr. Soli. J. Sorabjee. Mr. Satvik Varma, himself a distinguished graduate of Harvard Law School and also qualified to practice internationally, recognises the importance of quality legal education that JGLS provides its students. As someone vested in the legal system, Mr. Varma feels it his duty to help the future generation of lawyers. We thank him for this generous act.”