The Journalists: Prof. Rajesh Bahuguna, Dehradun Law Review

Dr. Rajesh Bahuguna is also the of the Principal & Dean Law College Dehradun, Uttaranchal University
The Journalists: Prof. Rajesh Bahuguna, Dehradun Law Review

The Journalists is a deeper look at the journals published by law schools around the country. In this edition, we take a look at the Law College Dehradun's Law Journal, the Dehradun Law Review with Campus Ambassador Aditi Bansal interviewing the journal's Editor-in-Chief Prof. (Dr.) Rajesh Bahuguna.

Dehradun Law Review's first volume had been published in the year 2009. You have been associated with it as the Editor-in-Chief since the very beginning. How has your experience been so far?

Well, In the year 2009 it was proposed to adopt a unique way to celebrate National Law Day in Law College Dehradun and accordingly decided to adopt two best practices firstly to organize mega blood donation camp and secondly to start a Wall - Journal in the name of Dehradun Law Review.

The vision was to inculcate habit of sacrifice in youth by donating their most precious thing for the cause of society and to retrieve and procure one of the years old practices of Indian scholars to write their innovative ideas on the walls of universities like in the period of Nalanda University.

The First volume of Dehradun Law Review was released on 26th November, 2009 in the forms of Wall-Journal, Web-Journal and Journal in Book form. The abstracts of all papers published along with editorial note were pasted on the wall of the college whereas the complete journal was made available on the website of the college and at the same time 500 journals published in book form to circulate in the libraries of various universities and colleges. This practice adopted before twelve years has now become one of the best practices of Law College Dehradun faculty of Uttaranchal University.

When you look back at the journey of Dehradun Law Review so far, what is the most eminent change that you think has taken place?

During these twelve years the prominent change that took place is reading habit of the youth is reduced to some extent particularly the literature or any material which is available in book forms.

Now gradually we are becoming dependents of internet and look everything on net. Dependency on internet has extended to such extent that anything which is not available on internet may sometime be considered not in existence.

This made the writer to use key words, key headings, and key topics and so on so as to make their work easy to search on internet.

The latest volume of the journal has been published during the prevailing COVID pandemic time, so it definitely must have posed many challenges.

Publication of current issue was not much affected by Covid-19 as everything is on line except its printing. This time also we received as much as one hindered fourteen papers from India and abroad and it was very easy to find eight to ten quality papers out of that for publication.

In fact, we find more time for reading and writing because of lock down everywhere.

Are there any specific future plans or objectives that the team wishes to achieve, which would leave behind their footprints to be followed by the future generations?

There are few things we have been following since the issue of first issue of Dehradun Law Review like goes for quality rather than for quantity accordingly eight to ten quality papers on contemporary issue are taken for publication.

Secondly transparency, every activity related to its publication is placed on its website

The DLR is approved by UGC and placed under the UGC Care list. Editorial team is planning to go for indexing in some international platform.

In the future we have also planned to go for some special issues dedicated to a particular contemporary development taken place in society.

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