NUALS’ All India Law Learning Game Design Competition

The NUALS All India Law Learning Game Design Competition, 2023 is proposed in the context of the adoption of innovative pedagogy in teaching and learning law at the National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi. The present competition is announced in light of the successful completion of the First Law Learning Game Design Inter-Semester Competition held in NUALS in the month of September 2022.  NUALS’ experience in the implementation of gamification of LL.B program is reflected in the release of Books on Gamification which infact speaks for the volume to which gamification is imbibed in University academics. Generating a pool of games- virtual and physical- for learning law, both substantive and procedural is the task that NUALS has taken up proudly to contribute to the present day world of education, entertainment and engagement.  

. Objectives of the Competition

  • Facilitate learning law through games
  • Facilitate self-study through curriculum oriented games
  • Facilitate the student to assess and reassess one’s capacity to learn
  • Improve the reasoning capacity of students
  • Motivation to study the fundamentals of law
  • Learning law through active involvement of students retaining their enthusiasm throughout the learning process.
  • Facilitate practicing real life situations and challenges in a safe environment
  • Facilitate effective informal learning environment

Scheme of Evaluation

 Selection Committee (Preliminary Round)

The designed framework of games is to be presented by the shortlisted candidates before the Selection Committee in the Preliminary Round.  At this stage, the participant must disclose the mode of the game – whether virtual or physical and an overview of the draft design specifying the focal area and an overview of the proposed game. It is also required to convince the Committee as to how the draft games could help in learning law and the expected outcome of the proposal. A self-assessment of its effectiveness is to be presented before the Selection Committee along with a write-up containing the above requirements. A time span of 15-20 minutes will be available to the participants in this stage. The Committee has the discretion to reject or accept the proposal at this stage with or without remarks.  The participants may also be given a chance to revisit the structural framework if the Committee deems fit. Four or five teams will be shortlisted for participation in the Final Round before the Judging Committee.  The participants have to play the designed games before the Judging Committee. Each group / individual participant will get 40-45 minutes to complete administering the game. The Preliminary Round will be held online on December 19, 2022.

 Judging Committee (Final Round)

The participants have to submit the final report of the designed games and present the game before the Judging Committee. Both virtual and physical games will be evaluated based on the below well-defined criteria. The designed games will be scrutinized by a Judging Committee and the decision of the Committee will be final. The Judging Committee possesses the authority to deny prizes if the games designed are not up to the expected standard and lack compliance with the objectives of the Game Designing Competition. The Final round will be held offline in NUALS Campus, Kalamassery, Kochi, Kerala.

Criteria for Evaluation of Games 

  • Interpretation of facts and laws
  • Importance given to legal issues and provisions in law
  • Content, Clarity, Accessibility
  • Scope of learning law through the designed games
  • Quality of the content
  • Retentive attention span of potential student players
  • Scope of knowledge generation 
  • Innovation in feedback techniques
  • Inspiration to continue learning
  • Level of engagement
  • Prospect for recall and retention
  • Prospect for Education, Engagement and Entertainment
  • Level of Cognition, Coherence and Communication 

Inter Semester Law Learning Game Design Competition held at NUALS

The Competition is open for participation by students pursuing undergraduate law degree at any institution /university recognized by the Bar Council of India. A Certificate issued by the Head of the institution/ university showing that the participant is an undergraduate student of the institution/university is mandatory. Students can participate either individually or in groups, but not exceeding five in each group. The games to be designed for the competition could be either virtual or physical and the winners are rewarded separately for each category.
The registration fee for a group is Rs 1000/ and that for an individual participant is Rs 500/. Along with the registration fee, the participant has to upload a recorded video of time span not exceeding 10 minutes of the Scheme of the game specifying the mode, whether online or offline and a detailed description of the scheme justifying how it serves the purpose of learning law. The proposed scheme should also keep compliance with the factsheet released. The participants are free to concentrate either on part or whole of the specific facts and laws highlighted in the fact sheet and design games based on the same. The registered team as a whole or the individual participant as the case may be can only be part of the video uploaded. The video can be uploaded in the Google form (maximum file size is 100 MB).
The registration fee can be paid through this link: https://www.nuals.ac.in/Payment.aspx. Click on the registration fee tab and complete the payment. The payment link will be open from 3rd November, 2022.
After completing the payment, please complete the registration in the google form link: https://forms.gle/5Ezn18fjZiyzjcYq8. The payment reference number should be mentioned in the google form.
The registration process shall be deemed to be complete only after registering through the google form after the payment of the prescribed fee along with the submission of the video and the certificate from the head of the University on or before the last date of registration.

After the screening and shortlisting of the candidates based on the video uploaded, orientation sessions will be conducted. It would enable the participants to understand the basic idea behind the competition and to facilitate the designing of games satisfying the fundamentals which could help in learning law. Games must be so designed as to enable the potential players /students to understand the basic principles of law, provisions of the relevant statutes, their application, rationale, possible contentions, and arguments, supporting judgments and submissions relating to particular facts and laws. Orientation sessions are open only to the shortlisted candidates.

Reward for Winners (Separately for Virtual and Physical Games)

First Prize – Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 /
Second Prize- Rs 20,000/
Third Prize – Rs 10,000/

The Judging committee reserves the right to announce the cash prize based on the criteria. If no games comply with the standard criteria, the judging committee has the discretion to deny the cash prize. NUALS has adopted the policy that no home team shall take part in the Competition instead they would be trainers/facilitators for the Competition. The winners of the NUALS All India Law Learning Game Design Competition, January 2023 will be awarded cash prize and a certificate of appreciation. For all those who participate in the competition, a Certificate of Participation will be issued by the University.
All the participants will be provided with accommodation by the University from January 15th evening till January 18th morning. Travelling and all other allied expenditures are to be met by the participants.
All correspondence regarding the Competition is to be done through the email id [email protected]

This is not just any story but a chronicle of the facts experienced by two young kids Dev and Diya of 8 and 6 years, respectively. Dev and Diya had been residing with their parents Akshara and Manu, in Ernakulum in the State of Kerala.
As the children grew up, they perceived their parents as loving and caring towards each other and working hard for each other’s well-being. Their mother Akshara worked as a junior dentist in a nearby dental clinic, and their father Manu was a junior lawyer in a reputed law firm. Both were very ambitious and looked forward to building up a substantial edifice in their career with their effort. They had been married for nine years without the cooperation of each of their parents or relatives.
Although they had to struggle a lot, especially for the upbringing of the two children and strive a lot in the initial stages of their career, they still held on to it optimistically. The rent of their house, the school fees, house expenses, the EMI of their vehicle loan and so on were quite strenuous for them to balance along with their stressful and laborious job. But remarkably, both strived their best to bring out a work-life balance.
Slowly, Manu decided to practice independently as by then, he had gained interest in his profession, especially in litigation, and had even quite proved himself as a good lawyer. His acclaim at the bar and with his seniors encouraged and motivated him greatly. So, he rented out a bigger house near the court complex to have his office attached to his house. He had his office on the ground floor and his home on the first floor. As for any beginner, this initial stage was very challenging for him. To add to this pressure, Manu always had an innate urge to prove himself before society. He was very stubborn, constantly substantiating that none of his decisions so far in his life had gone wrong. There is nothing wrong with being ambitious, but by becoming very adamant when a person gets so stressed out that he can’t have a work-life balance is certainly of great concern. His family life became chaotic when he began focusing more on his career.
As for Akshara, she always aspired to get her postgraduation done and be settled abroad. Manu knew about the same, and while he was practising as a junior in different law firms, his priority was gaining experience in various law branches and settling abroad after that. The couple often exchanged remarks in tune to this, highlighting that since their parents never corporated even after nine years of marriage, it is better to leave the country and prove they are successfully and happily settled somewhere beyond their reach. Both had the compelling desire to prove not just before their relatives but before the whole society that they were truly successful.
But in this constant endeavour, they often belittled the space and happiness that kept them going, which they received from their little family. Gradually when Manu decided to practice independently, Akshara was taken aback. She understood their decision to settle abroad was now her wish and not his anymore. When she tried questioning the same, Manu was never ready to discuss or sort out things. For him, now, she was someone who constantly nagged and was a hindrance to his ambitious life. But for Akshara, the same storyline turned out to be the case of a chauvinist husband who envied his wife’s professional capability. For her, her husband was preventing her from aiming high and achieving heights in her professional life.
Their lack of ability to communicate, negotiate and understand each other’s standpoint disrupted their family life. Every conversation they had within their family space began to end in heated arguments. An office space attached to the house further deteriorated the situation. Manu started concentrating more on his work, never realising that he was becoming a workaholic. His inner desire to prove himself made him a perfectionist who became very stubborn in every matter, which obviously multiplied his stress level.
In this arduous atmosphere, the couple often didn’t realise or, at times, neglected its impact on their children. Because of their tender age, when something unexpected happens in their life, it is tough for them to accept and be accustomed to the same. The event could be a sudden argument in their house or as slight as a change in their daily life schedule.
Most of the disagreements and squabbles culminated in questioning the responsibility over the kids. It is not that they didn’t love their own kids anymore. Still, in the heat of passion, when Akshara would question her workaholic husband who brags on their termondous effort that he is taking for his family, Akshara would crossfire on her plight of being prevented from achieving her dream life. Eventually every argument ends with the couple deciding to get separated and not thereby become a threat to each other’s life. Such discussions began to be a part of their daily life. This created apprehension in the kids, and they became very anxious about the uncertainty involved in their lives. It kept haunting them. Their concerns were never addressed anywhere. The parents were always busy with their arguments. Slowly, the kid’s teacher began to make out these distracted young minds and contacted Akshara, who felt compelled to disclose her broken family relationship to the teacher. For Akshara, who perceived it as a failure of married life, she felt humiliated when she had to discuss all such personal matters.
Akshara usually gets home at 5.30 pm after work, while the children get dropped off in their school van by 4.30 pm. Since Manu’s office is on the ground floor, kids would get in through the office and manages all by themselves till they get to meet their mother. On that particular day, Akshara was late for her work as she had to meet the kid’s teacher and listen to their observations on the distracted and concerned kids. Because of this, Akshara had to stay back a little longer at her clinic and was back only at 6.30 pm.
For Akshara, it was a terrible day. To start with, she had to accept her failure before the kid’s teacher. It was like acknowledging her inability to keep up her marital tie, her failure to take proper care of the kids, her inability to reconnect with the parents and so on. Everything was troubling her. When she reached her clinic, after turning out to be late by 2 hours, she had to face again harsh criticism from her senior, who questioned her diligence and sincerity towards the profession. Finally, when she returned from her clinic and realised that Manu was not even back at this office, she was fuming with rage. She went upstairs and observed Dev before the television and Diya sleeping in the room.
The sight of Dev watching cartoons and wasting time when recollecting how she had to listen to his teacher’s report in the morning made her shout at him. Young Dev, who was thoroughly bewildered, couldn’t handle the same and broke into tears. Telling Dev to freshen up and do his study, Akshara called out for Diya to wake up. The thought that she had to cook dinner for her family and help her kids in their studies in such an enraged situation further maddened her. Exasperated Akshara then went on to cook dinner.
Later, when Akshara was back from the kitchen after about 30 minutes, she saw Dev sitting at his study and observed Diya still in her bed. Calling out at Akshara and fuming angrily, Akshara went beside her. But to her utter astonishment, she realised her daughter was unconscious. She immediately took Diya with Dev to the nearby City hospital. She tried many times to reach out to Manu over the phone, but to her dismay, he was not attending her call.
Desperate and clueless about her daughter’s condition, she waited in the hospital corridor, impatiently clinging to young Dev. After a few minutes, finding her to be all alone with a kid, the doctor enquired if there were anyone else by her side to support her. Distressed and perplexed, she had to accept the fact that she was all alone by herself with her two kids and that although she had a living spouse, he was very reluctant towards his marital obligations.
The doctor expressed that Diya’s condition was stable but asserted that she must be kept under observation for the next 48 hours. The doctor also said he would have to report the issue to the police. Akshara was mystified when the doctor asked her to make Dev stand outside the doctor’s cabin with the duty nurse while he needed to discuss something significant with her. She did accordingly and hung on fearfully to horrifically apprehend that her daughter had been intoxicated and sexually assaulted. The doctor revealed it to be a case of aggravated sexual assault and emphasised that the observation period would be crucial in her case.
Akshara was shattered and traumatised. She was clueless about how to handle the situation. Deeply worried about her child and devastated by the thought of having to endure everything alone, Akshara broke into tears. The first thought she had was to get out of that hospital with her children since the idea of police interrogation and her daughter turning out to be in the headlines haunted her. The doctor explained to her the seriousness of this situation and his duty to report such crimes. He assured her that there are mechanisms in force not to disclose the identity of the victim involved. He clarified that it’s not just his obligation to report the case but a punishable offence if he didn’t do so since the law in force ordains him to behave accordingly.
Soon the police arrived and began to take statements. Understanding Akshara to be clueless, they interrogated Dev. In the meantime, they collected Manu’s contact number and tried contacting him. Understanding that he could not be reached over phone, they tried to track him through his near friends and collegues. Akshara could only contribute by providing all the contact numbers that she had on her mobile.
With Akshara beside him, when Dev was asked to explain what happened at home, he was pretty confused. With Akshara reassuring him not to panic, he started narrating what happened to them back home when Akshara was not there. As per Dev’s statement, the school van dropped off Dev and Diya as usual. They got into their dad’s office, and as usual, the stenographer, Miss Lilly, opened the staircase door leading to their home on the first floor. Upon enquiring who was at the office then, Dev responded that there was nothing unusual about the same. He saw his dad’s private secretary/ office clerk Mr David and the two junior lawyers, Mr Ananthu and Mr Vysakh. Dev also remembers seeing about 5-6 others who could be clients waiting to see his dad, who was not then at his office.
The staircase door is located behind Lilly’s desk, and as soon as the children get in through the door, the door is usually closed but not locked. In case of any emergency or when they require help, they are told to call out for Lilly, whom Dev considers very caring. As Dev recollects, as soon as they were let in through the door, Dev and Diya went upstairs, switched on the television and enjoyed the snacks their mother kept at the table as usual. As per Dev’s statement, he couldn’t determine what happened to her sister. All he remembers is her sister beside him, enjoying the cartoons and then moving inside her room to use the washroom. According to him, it was only when his mother came back from her clinic and shouted at him to switch off the television, did he realise that he had all been alone watching cartoons one after the other without his sister. As for him, he couldn’t recollect how long his sister had been away from him.
Akshara could see the police enquiring with the doctor to take the statement of Diya. The doctor didn’t allow the same and informed them that she requires at least 5 hours to communicate properly due to her tender age and intoxication. Akshara and Dev were allowed to see Diya once, along with the doctor beside but were cautioned not to wake her up or disturb her in any manner.
Akshara was devastated, and with Dev beside her, all she could do was blame herself for being late from work. Usually, she returns at 5.30 pm when Lilly would be getting ready to leave. At times, when she had been late from work, the kids usually managed themselves till they got to meet their mother. Since she had been furious that day, she doesn’t even recollect who was at the office when she reached back. All that she could remember was that Manu was not yet back at office and a few were waiting to meet him.
By this time, Manu was traced and asked to report urgently to the city hospital. He came rushing to the hospital dazed. As per his statement, he had been with his client before a private mediator, and since they were heatedly arguing on the settlement teams, he could’t attend to his phone. He accepted that he had seen the calls from his wife but taking it to be just frivolous calls from his pestering wife asking him to be back or rather questioning him why he was not back yet, he acknowledged that he had to switch it off.
It was almost 9 pm. Dev was confused. Nobody had a clear answer to any of his questions. He was not even allowed to meet his sister. His mother had constantly been crying since they met the doctor, and his dad was not ready to talk to him. All he could see was the lone corridor before the observation room where they had been waiting, so many tensed-up faces and a few police officers interrogating one after the other and noting it down. For an 8-year-old, it was tough to understand and being tired after a rough day at school; he dozed off in the chair where he had been asked to wait for hours…..

Identified Issues
Rights of Children- Constitutional and Statutory
Sexual exploitation of children
Recording of child statement in POCSO case
Privacy of POCSO victim
Responsibility of doctor to report a POCSO case
Investigation of POCSO case
Trail under POCSO Act
Recording statement of victim
Juvenile in need of care
Responsibility of parent towards children

Instruments for reference
UN Convention on Rights of Child
Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012
Juvenile Justice Act 2015

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Event Details
  • Days
    Hours
    Min
    Sec
  • Start Date
    16-Jan-2023 10:00 am
  • End Date
    17-Jan-2023 5:00 pm
  • Status
    Upcoming
Organisers

Coordinators

1.Dr Sheeba S. Dhar, Associate Professor, NUALS
2.Dr Aparna Sreekumar, Assistant Professor, NUALS Ph: 8907585617
3.Ms. Aiswarya Johnson, MDAS, NUALS Ph: 8547167373

Student Coordinators

1.Geethu V. A . Ph. 7994915261
2.Aiswarya P. J. Ph. 7306498963
3.Meghana S. S. Ph. 9446134575
4.Parvathy P. Ph. 7907738116
5.Shani A. R. Ph. 9895783520
6.Neha Maria Antony Ph. 9961447200

Email: [email protected]

Important Dates

November 28,2022 - Last date for registration and uploading of Video on Scheme of Game
December 5,2022 - Intimation of selection of participants
December 10,2022 - Orientation sessions for Shortlisted participants (Online)
December 19,2022 - Presentation before the Selection Committee in the Preliminary Round (Online)
December 22,2022 - Declaration of Result of Preliminary Round
January 16-17,2023 - Dates of the Competition -Before the Judging Committee in the Final Round- (Offline)