Written By: Simran Veer, a student of National Law Institute University, Bhopal
National Law Institute University (राष्ट्रीय विधि संस्थान विश्वविद्यालय) is one amongst the 3rd National Law Schools located in Bhopal- the city of lakes, Madhya Pradesh.
The NLIU diminutive of National Law Institute University was established in 1997 by the State of Madhya Pradesh and was recognised by the Bar Council of India under the Bhopal Act No. 41 of 1997, the NLIU Act 1997. Its foremost academic programme was launched by the Indian Jurist V.S. Rekhi as its first director.
The university aimed towards offering the best legal education to students all around the country through the ‘Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)’. The Patron of the University is the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India and works jointly with the High Court of Madhya Pradesh & the National Law Judicial Law Academy.
The University offers for both under-graduate and post-graduate courses. Till 2020 the university was following the trimester scheme where 15 trimesters were to be completed in 5 years before being awarded a combined B.A.LLB (Hons.) Degree.
But due to the change in conditions around the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, the university is now supporting the semester scheme for all the existing students as well as the new-admissions. The same semester scheme is being supported for the post-graduate courses i.e., LL.M. (Master’s in Law) degree and the MCLIS (Master of Cyber Law & Information Security) degree.
When it comes to the infrastructure of NLIU, the ‘Ragiv Gandhi National Cyber Law Centre’ is remembered predominantly because it was the first of its kind established inside the NLIU Campus. The centre was constituted with an objective to develop professional, expertise and skilled manpower to match with contemporary challenges emerging in relevance with cyber space & cyber security.
Next in line is ‘The Gyan Mandir-Library’, which is the heart and soul of the university. The NLIU Library is an air-conditioned building built centrally on the campus. It is equipped with the latest technology and has a rich collection of books, national & international journals of law and social sciences which helps the students to apprentice knowledge to an extraordinary level. The library also consists of e-resources like Lexis Nexis, Manupatra, SCC Online, JSTOR, etc which has helped students a lot in the times of complete lockdown.
“The only way to prove you are a good sport is to lose”- Emie Banks
With the same motivation, the NLIU considers sports as indispensable. Sports being an essential physical exercise helps in developing the basic human personality and teaches them most important traits such as discipline, practice, learning, and team work. Therefore, the sports committee of NLIU has undertaken the responsibility of implanting the environment of sports in NLIU. The university encourages sports and has been successful in organizing various sports events.
The National Law Institute University also is the house for all the students who come far from different states. There are four hostels (two each for girls & boys) and a residential area where the teaching & non-teaching staff resides. The hostel facilities include dining, laundry, room cleaning etc.
Apart from all, there is a guest house in the NLIU Campus for all-rounder purposes and a medical clinic with 24*7 availability of an ambulance in case anyone needs an emergency. The Administration block and the Samadhan Bhavan of the university comprises of Accounts department, Examination department, Registrar office, Vice-Chairman office etc.
The annual fees for B.A.LLB (Hons.) Course is approx. Rs 2 Lakh, when divided into three trimesters, the fee per trimester was between Rs 72000 to Rs 75000. Since the university now follows the semester scheme, the fees structure of the same has not been yet announced. The university provides various modes for the payment of fees like Paytm, NEFT, Cheque, Demand draft etc.
The National Law Institute University looks for the best talent and recruits good academicians with efficient teaching skills and research skills when it comes to the faculty for the students.
INTERNSHIP & PLACEMENT
The Placement Coordination Committee of NLIU undertakes the responsibility of providing internships and jobs to the meritorious students of the university. The committee not only restricts itself to internships or jobs but also conducts workshops on different topics through collaboration with tier I, tier II, tier III law firms.
CO-CURRICULAR & EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
The NLIU organizes various co-curricular activities which are governed by various cell committees. The first and the encouraging activity is the Moot Courts organized by the Moot Court Association Committee. The MCA is responsible for organizing national level moots court competitions, Annual Inter-University Bar Council of India Trust Moot Court Competition and the Stetson International Law Moot Court Competition, Justice R.K. Tankha Memorial National Moot Court Competition and other international moot court competitions as well. The committee is responsible for conducting the fresher’s pool and for organising selections for the National Moot Speakers Pool and National Moot Researchers Pool, International Moot Speakers Pool, Researchers Pool. Apart from the moot court competitions, MCA also organizes debate for freshers and MCA Blog by the executives for the students of NLIU.
Secondly, the Jus Cultura Society of NLIU is the Literary, Debating and Quizzing society which is equally important for the development of the university.
Thirdly, the Alternate Dispute Resolution Cell organizes international mediation tournament, lectures, workshops for the students of the university. NLIU’s ADRC is one amongst the most successful ADR cell of any law school. With the guidance of the cell’s faculty-in-charge and the students’ team, the ADRC work is recognized as a commendable one.
Fourthly, the Centre for Research in International Law (CRIL) is a student run body of the NLIU and the aim & objective of the cell is to increase awareness among students on the international law and policy.
“I wonder if anyone knows that CRIL is the official Bhopal Chapter of the International Law Students Association (ILSA).”
On Fifth, we have our Athena Cell which the cultural committee of the NLIU. The committee organizes various cultural events like Palchinn (the foundation day of NLIU, celebrated on 1st September every year) where all the students represents their culture by wearing ethnic dresses, Dandiya Night (the Gujarati festival), Halloween Night, MPzero4 (Annual Event) and other extra-curricular activities which brings enjoyment and cheerfulness in the environment of the university.
Next in line we have our sports committee which organizes an annual sport event ‘Virudhaka’ every year. The committee represents the NLIU sports team in various national levels and inter-college events.
Last but not the least, the Alumni Affairs Cell of NLIU aims towards developing the life-long relationship between the university and its alumni. The cell organizes various guest lectures by its alumni, and releases a monthly newsletter.
SENIOR JUNIOR CULTURE
The best thing about NLIU is its senior junior culture which is nothing more than a family relationship. A fresher when enters into the college, searches for someone who is familiar to him. He meets his seniors who guides him, motivates him, cheer him up in all the good and bad times. Seniors in NLIU help their juniors in every possible manner they can, and remind them of what they are here for. From mooting to partying, Seniors of NLIU have been a valuable asset for their juniors.
PROS & CONS
In my opinion, there’s nothing too bad or too good which can be discussed about the university. It provides the best legal education with all resources and lacks nothing as such.
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