I am Chandramani Sirothia, a 4th Year Law student in the School of Law Christ University, Bangalore. I was interested in ADR since the very beginning of law school and so I started volunteering as clients for competitions. My real-time exposure to mediation was in my first internship which I did in Bangalore Mediation Centre. After that my interest in mediation kept on growing and it was very recent that I interned in Centre for Advanced Mediation Practice (CAMP), Bangalore. I learned a lot about mediation at CAMP and not merely the process but the jurisprudence lying behind the mediation litigation. After learning and researching on mediation, it came to my understanding that in future, mediation litigation will take place in mainstream litigation and would not remain to be an alternative dispute resolution mechanism.
I personally feel that mediation need to be understood by the law students first. It is not possible to spread awareness and teach masses about mediation if we, law students, do not understand the process. It is essential that the awareness about mediation reaches to the lowest levels of society in order to put an end to the skeptic behavior of the general masses towards the legal system. I would like to start a campaign in my own University, before I conduct the mediation campaign in any other public places as I believe that we need to target the present generation first.