Consumer Law Awareness And Research Center (CLARC)

Consumers are the lifeblood of every organization. There can be no business without a consumer. Unlike the traditional markets which were product-oriented, the modern market is customer or consumer-oriented. However, businesses sometimes fail to realize it and in their hunt for profit, end up harming the interests of the consumers. The Government of India under the Consumer Protection Act 2019 has granted certain rights to consumers against exploitation. As citizens, it is our duty to be aware of these rights but as a law school, it is our job not to merely be aware of our rights but also to spread awareness, to help people realize their rights and to bridge the gap between the general public and the appropriate authorities. Keeping that in mind, The Consumer Law, Advocacy and Research Centre [CLARC] was established by B.M.S. College of Law, with the assistance of CREAT.

The primary objective of CLARC is to help the students and faculty to understand the emerging trends in the field of consumer protection. It seeks to achieve this objective through conducting independent research, field studies, and dissemination of information, publications, organizing seminars and workshops. It also intends to widen its network by involving other stakeholders and the general public.

The Consumer Law, Advocacy, and Research Centre is a wing with a multi-dimensional purpose, to serve the general public by creating awareness about their rights as a consumer and the government initiatives. It also has objectives to provide legal advice, to assist government agencies to ensure their initiatives are reaching the public, help students as budding future lawyers to gain some field exposure and some hands-on experience, sensitizing students about the issues faced by consumers daily and provide the students with practical exposure regarding the operations of the Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  1. To spread awareness among the general public regarding their rights as consumer through:
    1. Organizing walkathons.
    2. Preparing posters and pamphlets.
  2. To visit schools and colleges to create awareness among students about their rights as consumers
  3. To provide legal advice to consumers
  4. To organize conferences, lectures and workshops on issues and challenges related to consumer law
  5. To conduct certificate course including field work

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