Interview of K S Anantharaman: Renowned Author and Professor of Company Law

About KS Anantharaman

K S Anantharaman is an advocate and professor and has over 50 years of teaching experience. He was part of the senior faculty at CAI, ICSI, ICWAI, Maharashi Institute of Management and Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Viswa Mahavidyalaya.

The author has also written books on Business and Commercial Laws, the Foreign Exchange and Management Act, and Industrial and Labour Laws.

What traits/ qualities make a good corporate law professor? How can a youngster wanting to teach go about developing those qualities?

A good corporate law professor should learn the subject as a whole. Not preparing for a particular class only. Further, he should be conversant with allied corporate laws. Company law should be thought as a living subject.

If you narrate Solomon’s case bring Solomon into your classroom. Reading Lord Justice Denning’s books will help to use simple effective English.

A good teacher should look at the class as a whole. Not staring at the front benchers. Never snub any student. If you do so you have made a life time enemy. Be positive. Never ask a student, “Where are you looking?”. He may answer “I am looking out”, you asked for it. Say “Pay attention” and continue.

Be punctual. In my 52 years of career, I have never been late even by a fraction of second.

Jokes should be relevant to the topic. Unless you modulate your voice, it will fall flat.

What would your advice to someone who wants to regularly write (books, for law journal etc.) on academic subjects?

First have a dictionary with you. Split, that is break the subject into a specific numbers of lessons. I split my book into 18 lessons (Reason:  18 is my lucky number. Further, Mahabharata contains of 18 cantos, Sabarimalai (Lord Ayyappa) temple has 18 steps).

Then subdivide each lesson and give headings for each subdivision. Each para should convey one thought only. A para may consist of one sentence. Use simple english. Avoid “and” as far as possible. Your communication will be more effective.

How should a young student start his/her journey of studying corporate law? How can one develop a strong understanding of the subject? 

First before you start your journey learn basic laws. For example, Jurisprudence, Interpretation of statutes and Mercantile Law. Other requirements are hard work and choice of book.

First read the lesson as a whole. Next, read the lesson para by para. Note down the points. Then, again read the lesson as a whole.

In your 50 years of experience how has the profession of teaching evolved?

In the early days, the lecturers were devoted. In fact, I remember all my revered Professors with great respect. Their lectures are still ringing in my ears. Some professors became Chief Justices of Madras High Court and Kerala High Court.

Now, teaching has become commercial. Every lecturer wants to pass the time. Teaching through PowerPoint is cruel.

There are lecturers who dictate notes whole class. They are known among the students as dictators. There are lecturers who walk fast from north east to south west, they are known as wanderers.

If you look at the class, you will find the students turning their heads as though they are watching a tennis match.

How do you find the students of today compared to say, 3-4 decades ago? 

4 decades ago, my class average age was 40 years. Most of them married. Most of them working. For them, it was only a hobby.

Now, the class average age is 17 to 18.  Good grasp. Competitive spirit. Very respectful. Curious. Highly inflammable age.

If you groom them properly, you have turned out a good Company Secretary, Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant and Lawyer.

What would be your advice to young law students and lawyers?

Read Jurisprudence. Read interpretation of statutes. Read the procedural laws. Read your case thoroughly. If you have got to examine parties, imagine the examination in your mind. Argue. Do not accept.

K S Anantharaman’s latest book – Lectures on Company Law. Buy on Amazon HERE.

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  1. Arul Ganesh says:

    My “vanakam” to my Late Prof. KSA Sir. I am a Company Secretary today because of his teaching. He may be physically no more in this world now. But his teaching is with his students as their immortal asset. His flawless English is simple but sharp. Some of his diagrams to teach complicated provisions of Company Law is still in my mind, especially S. 372A of the old Act.

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