National Law Institute University Bhopal

Overview

The National Law Institute University has been successful in instilling a sense of broad perspective along with scholastic and reflexive capabilities bearing in mind larger national and humanitarian goals in its students Legal education never received the attention it deserved in this country. It is a paradox that the Constitution ushered in the ideal of rule of law and adopted the policy of development through law but little attention was paid to legal studies. For almost half a century study of law in Indian Universities has been in doldrums. It was increasingly realised by the professionals and academicians that the system of law teaching was thoroughly inadequate, unimaginative and divorced from the major public issues of the day but attempts to change have that have been few and far between.

It goes to the credit of Madhya Pradesh Government to realise that the policy of globalisation and liberalisation opened up new economic and developmental opportunities for the people. Trans-national and supranational regimes threw new challenges as much to economics and finance as to law and the legal profession. A trained cadre of dedicated and informed lawyers is needed to take up the responsibilities generated by the new developments all over the world.

Large law firms, professionals and consultants are needed not only to handle the multi-national legal issues but also to enrich the country by taking sensible and profitable national stance in order to make India a vibrant and strong economic power in the world. The legislators, the administrators and business leaders need to have a strong legal background to take up the emerging challenges and opportunities staring in the face today.

The National Law Institute University (NLIU) has been established by Act No. 41 of 1997 of the Madhya Pradesh Legislature to fill the gap and providing most modern legal education through multidisciplinary teaching and training of newer skills needed for the profession.The University launched its first academic programme in 1998 and teaching for five year B.A., LL.B. course commenced from September 1 of that year.

Admissions

Admission B.A.LL.B (Hons.) Program: Five Year Integrated Course

We follow interdisciplinary teaching of law. Case method, clinical legal education, moot court competition, client counseling skills, language and computer skills form an integral part of learning at the B. A. LL. B. (Hons.) level. We also offer seminar courses in various emerging areas to cultivate the research and presentation skills in the students. We are in the process of reform of legal education. Efforts are being made to make the curriculum more suitable to the needs, challenges and opportunities of legal education in twenty first century.

Eligibility for Admission

(a) No candidate shall be eligible for admission unless he/she has passed the class-12th examination in the 10+2 scheme or its equivalent in Science, Arts, Commerce or any other discipline and has secured in the aggregate not less than 50% of the total marks in the grand total of all papers except additional papers, in the said examination. However, in the case of candidates belonging to SC,ST or OBC category, the minimum percentage of marks for eligibility shall be 45% of the total marks in the grand total of all papers except additional papers at the class – 12th examination, and

(b) The candidates seeking admission must not have attained 20 years of age as on July 1, 2009. Relaxation of Two years is permitted for candidates belonging to SC/ST and OBC categories.

Intake and Reservation

The NLIU admits 82 students for its B.A.LL.B (Hons.) program. Out of these 82 seats, 41 seats are for All India candidates and remaining 41 seats are for the residents of Madhya Pradesh to be filled up through Common Law Admission Test. Reservation is present for SC, ST, OBC and Persons with Disabilities.

Domicile Requirements:

No candidates shall be selected for admission against the M.P. quota seats unless:

1. He/She is a citizen of India and

2. (a) He/She has been educated in an educational institution located in M.P. for at least three

consecutive Years during the five year immediately preceding the years in which admission is sought.

(b) He/She is a bonafide resident of M.P. as per Explanation – I given below.

OR

(c) He/She is son or daughter of

i. An employee or a pensioner of the Government of Madhya Pradesh or an employee of the Govt. Of M.P. who died while in service of this State or an office of the All India Services from M.P. Cadre.

OR

ii. A central Govt. employee including employee of Defense Establishment, employee of Post & Telegraph Dept. and the Railways or an employee of public sector undertaking posted and stationed in Madhya Pradesh on or before January 1, 1999 and continues to be so posted till the date of admission.

OR

iii. A person in Madhya Pradesh under any scheme of resettlement sanctioned by the Government of India or the State.

Explanation 1:

1. a. He /She was born in Madhya Pradesh

OR

b. The Candidate himself /herself, or his/her father or mother (if father is not alive or if both his /her father and mother are not alive, his/her legal guardian has been resident of Madhya Pradesh for a continuous period of not less then 15 years.

OR

c. The candidates himself/herself or his/her father or mother (if father is not alive or if both his/her father and mother are not alive his/her legal guardian has been carrying on any trade or business or has held any immovable property in the state of M.P. for a period of not les than 5 years preceding the year of test.

OR

2. a. He/ She has pursued his/her studies in any recognized educational institution of Madhya Pradesh for a period of not les then 3 years, but education below standard Class I (i.e. K.G. etc.) will not be considered.

OR

b. He/She passed an examination either or VIII standard or X/XII class from any recognized educational Institutional in Madhya Pradesh.

Explanation 2: Guardian : Guardian in relation to a candidate means any person who in the opinion of the District Magistrate concerned has after the death of the father and mother of the candidate been an actual charge of or control over the candidate for his/her property or both at the time of application since the death of his/her father and mother. The certificate of guardianship from the appropriate court shall have to be produced as an evidence of guardianship. If the father of a candidate is dead but the mother is alive, she shall be deemed to be natural guardian of the candidates and no other person shall be recognized as guardian. Son or daughter shall include step son or step daughter.

LL.M. Program

The University offers LL.M. Courses in the following three streams:

1. LL.M. in the area of:

(a) Business Law

(b) Environmental Law

(c) Constitution & Administrative Law

(d) Criminal Law.

The courses in the above mentioned specializations will be offered according to the availability of the faculty and the number of seats in each of the above areas will be determined by the University at the time of admission.

2. LL.M. in Human Rights

3. LL.M. in Law, Science & Technology

Eligibility for Admission

The candidate should have secured an LL.B. degree or its equivalent from a recognized University, having obtained not less than 55% marks in the aggregate (50% in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC).

M.P. Domicile Requirements:

No candidates shall be selected for admission against the M.P. quota seats unless:

1. He/She is a citizen of India and

a. (a) He/She has been educated in an educational institution located in M.P. for at leaset three consecutive Years during the five year immediately preceding the years in which admission is sought.

(b) He/She is a bonafide resident of M.P. as per Explanation – I given below.

OR

(c) He/She is son or daughter of

i. An employee or a pensioner of the Government of Madhya Pradesh or an employee of the Govt. Of M.P. who died while in service of this State or an office of the All India Services from M.P. Cadre.

OR

ii. A central Govt. employee including employee of Defense Establishment, employee of Post & Telegraph Dept. and the Railways or an employee of public sector undertaking posted and stationed in Madhya Pradesh on or before January 1, 1999 and continues to be so posted till the date of admission.

OR

iii. A person in Madhya Pradesh under any scheme of resettlement sanctioned by the Government of India or the State.

Explanation 1:

1. a. He /She was born in Madhya Pradesh

OR

b. The Candidate himself /herself, or his/her father or mother (if father is not alive or if both his /her father and mother are not alive, his/her legal guardian has been resident of Madhya Pradesh for a continuous period of not less then 15 years.

OR

2. The candidates himself/herself or his/her father or mother (if father is not alive or if both his/her father and mother are not alive his/her legal guardian has been carrying on any trade or business or has held any immovable property in the state of M.P. for a period of not les than 5 years preceding the year of test.

OR

2.

a. He/ She has pursued his/her studies in any recognized educational institution of Madhya Pradesh for a period of not les then 3 years, but education below standard Class I (i.e. K.G. etc.) will not be considered.

OR

b. He/She passed an examination either or VIII standard or X/XII class from any recognized educational Institutional in Madhya Pradesh.

Explanation 2: Guardian : Guardian in relation to a candidate means any person who in the opinion of the District Magistrate concerned has after the death of the father and mother of the candidate been an actual charge of or control over the candidate for his/her property or both at the time of application since the death of his/her father and mother. The certificate of guardianship from the appropriate court shall have to be produced as an evidence of guardianship. If the father of a candidate is dead but the mother is alive, she shall be deemed to be natural guardian of the candidates and no other person shall be recognized as guardian. Son or daughter shall include step son or step daughter.

Infrastructure

The construction of the new campus complex has begun under the supervision of internationally well-known Architects M/s SEMAC Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore. Every care has been taken to ensure that the hillock's natural character is undisturbed and rather enhanced. It manifests a majestic blend of nature with modern edifices.

Halls of Residence

The University offers separate residential facilities for men and women. All residents are provided with single rooms each having modular study and computer table, spacious steel almirah and cupboard. The Halls boast of manicured lawns, gymnasium, common room fitted with colour television and cable network, reading room and indoor sports facilities. The residents are also provided with 24 hours hot and cold water and laundry services.

The modest mess facilities at the Halls of Residence endeavor to provide for quality breakfast, lunch, evening tea with snakes and dinner all with different menu for each day of the week. The menu ranges from North Indian and South Indian to the Chinese. Non-vegetarian food is served four times a week. Late night snacks are provided during the exam weeks. Sundays are usually a special treat.

The Women’s Hall boasts of a magnificent Japanese Rock Garden. The spirit of endurance and independence of women is celebrated in the Campus on the eve of Women’s Day. The week long festival organised exclusively by the Women’s Hall epitomises feminine grace and freedom of women. A member of the faculty advises the women students on all issues of concern, including sexual harassment.

A new Hall of Residence with more amenities for research scholars and senior students is in the midst of construction. Hon’ble Justice A.K. Patnaik, Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court, laid the foundation stone of this building.

The students participate through various committees in the maintenance of discipline and other activities of the hostel viz. ‘Dining Committee’, ‘Cultural Committee’, ‘Discipline Committee’, ‘Medical Assistance Committee’ and ‘Event Management Committee’ – making the Halls of Residence unique in themselves and distinguished from the rest in terms of practicing participatory management and living democracy.

Ragging is strictly prohibited inside and outside the University Campus. The “First Response and Counselling Committee” has been established and empowered to take immediate action against any untoward action and also to counsel the fresher. However, care is taken that strict discipline in this regard does not stifle a healthy interaction between the fresher and their seniors. To enhance familiarity and to acclimatize the fresher to the academic and the social environment of the campus, an orientation session is organized in the first week of the new academic calendar.

Academic Support Services :

Gyan Mandir

NLIU Library, the heart and soul of the University was inaugurated and dedicated to the Nation by the Hon’ble Minster of HRD, Shri Arjun Singh on September 19, 2005. It is a centrally air-conditioned, state-of-the-art building housing a library, a cyber network centre, faculty chambers and class rooms.

Library

The library is well equipped with over 30,000 volumes consisting of reference books, back volumes of journals and law reports, current legal periodicals and a wealth of statistical material and rare collections. The students maintain the computerized ‘knowledge management system’ that adds around 5000 student projects to the database annually and aids in disseminating information for research. Photocopying facility is available within the premises.

A range of online access like lexis-nexis, Manupatra and other legal research based software such as SCC Online and Grand Jurix are available for research. More databases on Legal and Humanities and Social Sciences are in the process of addition to the existing array of Electronic Databases. It is in the process of implementing the advances in Information and Communication Technologies and RFID enabled solutions for all its transactions, inventory and resource management.

The library has received wide acclaim and recommendation from legal luminaries and experts like Justice G. K. Acquah, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana, Justice V.S. Malimath, Justice Madan Lokur and Prof. N. R. Madhava Menon.

Cyber Network Centre and Internet facility

The Centre houses over a hundred Pentium IV computers with a high-speed 2 MB leased circuit for Internet. It is equipped with projectors and other audiovisual devices. Round the clock Internet access is available. Apart from this, the University campus is Wi – Fi (Wireless – fidelity) enabled with 18 ‘hot spots’ spread across the campus providing users with instant Internet access on their personal computers and laptops. The Center will soon have its video conferencing facility connecting other institutions in India and abroad and is to establish a Virtual Classroom, E-learning Centre and Online Examination Centre.

Academic Block

The Academic Block comprises of spacious classrooms, conference halls, moot court practice room and faculty lounges. The distinctive feature of the Academic Block is the emerald green dome through which sunlight streams in setting the building aglow. The Academic Block has been the stage for some of the most profound lectures.

Administrative Block

The Administrative Block, centrally located modern structure, comprises the offices of the Director, Registrar and Finance Officer and a sophisticated conference room.

Guest House

The university has a Guest House with spacious and furnished rooms to cater to the needs of regular visiting faculty , academics, judicial personnel and other visitors to the university. The lounges and the dinning hall have been done up warmly and aesthetically for the visitors. It offers a comfortable stay for parents who come to visit their wards subject to prior notice and reservation.

Faculty Residence

The university has deluxe apartments for faculty and staff members. The on campus apartments make the teaching faculty accessible to students around the clock.

Cafeteria

Adding to the colors of the law school, the cafeteria by Nescafe lends a warm ambience for the budding lawyers where they can take time out to rest and enjoy sips of coffee while discussing minutiae of the legal profession. On the professionally demanding landscape the cafeteria is a welcoming treat to all. Visits to the Barista, Cafechino, or CCD in the city which earlier burnt hole in everybody’s pocket have come down also giving the students a wide rage of eatables in the menu to choose from. Yes, Maggi is also available for all those gurgling stomachs taking a break form library or just to change the taste from the mess food!

Healthcare

A tie-up is in place with three Hospitals for attending to medical problems of the students. The University has engaged a senior physician who visits the campus thrice a week for medical consultation. For emergencies, the University has a vehicle at its disposal to take the students to the hospital for immediate attention and care.

Sport Facilities

Breaking the boundaries of the traditional classroom teaching methodology, the University desires that apart from mundane library visits and attending lectures in the campus the students should also be encouraged to work upon their physical fitness as an integral part of personality development.

NLIU can now boast of its own ultra modern sporting complex having two courts each of Lawn Tennis, Volleyball and Basketball besides a Football field and an indigenously improvised Cricket maidan. A range of sporting activities can be managed inside the complex, which is set to have the indoor stadium for badminton, table tennis, billiards and scores of other games. The complex also includes an athletic track and a nature’s trail that catches the eyes of the early morning bird watchers.

Banking Facilities

The Bank of Baroda has been organizing an extension counter on a weekly basis on the campus in the past. Students can open their accounts and carry out transactions through this extension counter. If students prefer, it is easy to avail the services of other banks such as ICICI, IDBI, UTI, SBI and many more in the city. In the pipeline is a proposal for setting up ATM counters inside the campus.

Two Swaraj Mazda 40 seated vehicles are used for providing conveyance facility for the faculty, staff and students to commute to the city, market and railway station. It is also used for several other students’ activities like court visits, clinical programs, field studies and legal aid work. The buses have scheduled departures to the city from the campus twice a week.

Student Life

The co-curricular activities of the university is regulated and overseen by the various committees, which are in existence. The following committees handle the main co-curricular activities taking place in the university. All the committees are run by students with a faculty in-charge. They have their own constitution and the students have been given the independence to formulate the working mode of these committee.

The cells of NLIU include:

Moot Court Association

The Moot Court Association plays an important role in encouraging mooting activity on campus. The Association has hosted various national level moot court competitions, including the Annual Inter-University Bar Council of India Trust Moot Court Competition and the Stetson International Law Moot Court Competition, along with the University's own moot court competition, the Justice R.K. Tankha Memorial National Moot Court Competition, the 3rd edition of which was successfully organised in 2009. The M.C.A. is also responsible for organizing selections for the National Moot Speakers' Pool and National Moot Researchers' Pool, International Moot Speakers' Pool and Researchers' Pool as well as the Client Counselling Pool, which are dissolved and re-selected annually. Only the students in the pools are allowed to represent the University in such competitions, which maintains the level of quality that NLIU holds essential to its status as a premier law school in India. The selection process of the M.C.A. includes general elections for II - V year representatives, and an M.C.A. induction debate for freshers.

The M.C.A. also maintains the M.C.A. blog for its activities, managed by the M.C.A. executives for the students of NLIU.

Jus Cultura

Jus Cultura is the Literary, Debating and Quizzing Society of NLIU that plays an important part in the holistic development approach of the University. The Society adopted a unique way of enriching budding debating talent through the concept of 'Fraturday Debating' where students from the University get a chance to debate with other students. Every year, the Society selects students for the 2 on 2 and the 3 on 3 debate pool, through the NLIU Debating League, and the Quiz Pool through the Jus Cultura Quiz. The debaters from NLIU have brought much deserved fame and recognition for NLIU on the National as well as International Debating Circuit, through active participation in various debates like the Worlds Debate, the Asians' Debate, the Mukherji Memorial Debate and the N.L.S. Debate. The Society has given birth to many debaters in the University and is in process of making NLIU the hub of Debating in central India.

Alternate Dispute Resolution Cell

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Cell (ADRC) of National Law Institute University was instituted in the month of March 2007. Since its inception the cell has done commendable work un der the guidance of the ADR Cell’s Teacher–in-charge and the student members. ADRC has a 40 member strong team of able and committed students from all the batches of NLIU.

The ADR Cell of NLIU is currently the most successful ADR Cell at any Law School in the country. To date, NLIU has also been the most successful Indian University at several International Mediation and Arbitration Competitions.

In 2008-09 the Cell also hosted India’s Former President Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam for his lectures at the University.

Athena

The cultural committee, Athena, organizes various cultural events within the University, including the annual intra-University events Palchin and Rang Manch. It has collaborated with SPICMACAY for promoting Indian art and culture among the youth. It has been host to artists like Maestro Ram Kumar, Ustad Zulfikar Syed, Pandit Kore, violinist T.N. Krishnan, Grammy Award Winner Padmashree Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and the Indian rock band Indian Ocean. It also organizes events such as the weekly film-screening.

NLIU Law Review

The NLIU Law Review is the bi-annual law journal published by the University. It publishes material on subjects of interest to the legal profession and aims at encouraging students to research and create scholarly writings of the highest quality. It is a medium through which the students can express their opinions and views on various legal and other related issues as per their analysis and understanding. The first issue of the journal was published in May 2010.

Centre for Business and Commercial Laws

The Center for Business and Commercial Law (C.B.C.L.) came into being in the year 2008 and was instituted with the aim of facilitating corporate awareness and providing avenues for exploring the world of corporate and commercial laws. CBCL has been actively involved in undertaking various activities such as publishing monthly e-journals, organizing workshops, panel discussions, paper presentations and weekly corporate news bulletins.

Events concluded in 2009 include the C.B.C.L. workshop on legal drafting conducted by Shishir Vyattaden and Jitendra Tanikela associates, the in-house Paper Presentation Competition on topics involving Corporate Social Responsibility, Limited Liability Partnership and Companies Bill, 2009 and the International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility and Industrial Disasters.

Popularly known in the university as NLIU's Wall Street Journal, C.B.C.L. has been successfully carrying out the monthly e-journal incorporating the views expressed by industry experts, faculty members, research fellows, alumnus and students.

Sports Committee

The Sports Committee has been active in retaining a sporting culture in the University and actively promotes sports such as football and volleyball. The committee picks teams to represent the University in various National and other inter-college events. It also hosts the annual sports fest of the University, Virudhaka.

Other cells in the University include Centre for Intellectual Property Rights (CSIPR), Centre for Awareness and Research in Environmental Studies (CARES), Constitutional Law Cell (CLC), Law and Economics Cell (LEC), People United for Law, Education and Rehabilitation (PULER) etc.

Contact

The current e-mail address of the University to get important information is info@nliu.com

The important telephone numbers of the University are as follows:

PBX Nos. 0755-2696965 , 970, 971

Director

Office: (0755) 2696965

Tele- fax 2696965

Registrar

Office: 2696965

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Finance Officer

Extn.-107

Boys' Hostel

Extn.-147

Girls' Hostel

Extn.-105

Server Room

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