RIT Rourkela plans a 5 year integrated Law School

RIT (Rourkela Institute of Technology) is planning to open a 5-yr integrated law school. This is a good development. (Thanks to Siddhant for his pointer in rourkelacity.com) Following is from Sambada.

1 comment February 28th, 2012

SOA University Bhubaneswar to start 5 year integrated Law program

Following is from a Business Standard report in sify.com

The Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University (SOAU) in Bhubaneswar has set up a new Law Institute from the 2010-11 academic year following permission given by the Bar Council of India. …

The new institute will be known as SOA National Institute of Law (SNIL) which will have thrust on quality education in law keeping in view the contemporary society with semantic human resources, curriculum and co-curriculum aspects and will offer Five-Year Integrated Law studies in three different streams such as BA LLB, BBA LLB and B.Sc LLB besides Post-Graduation in Law and Ph.D. in Law.

The SNIL proposes to introduce several career oriented course in Intellectual Property Rights, Information and Technology, Labour-Man Power related Industrial Law, Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, International Trade Laws, Competition Laws, Space Law, Biomedical Law, Bio-ethics and Law, International Advocacy, Arbitration as a mode of Alternate Dispute Redressal Mechanism, e-Governance, e-Commerce and Corporate Law.

With this program Odisha will have three places with 5 yr programs that will take students nationally. They are: 

I was told by reader Debi Sarangi (Thanks!) that Madhusudan Law College in Cuttack and University Law College Bhubaneswar also have 5 yr law programs. I am not sure if the other universities, especially Sambalpur and Berhampur, have such programs. If not they should. In addition I hope VSSUT starts a graduate program in Intellectual Property Law (similar to the one in IIT Kharagpur) and all the  universities in the state have 5-yr integrated courses in law as well as sciences.

5 comments September 21st, 2010

Union Law Minister Moily plans 4 regional law institutes of excellence

Following is an excerpt from a report in Times of India.

… law minister Veerappa Moily has designed a grand plan to set up four regional institutes of excellence to equip lawyers and bring them on par with Indian IT professionals, who are known the world over for their competence.

Moily prefers to call these regional institutes of excellence simply "regional hubs" of legal education. "We have written to the Planning Commission for approval of the plan to set up these four institutes which will match standards of best law institutes anywhere in the world," he said, adding this move was spurred by one of the recommendations of the National Knowledge Commission.

September 24th, 2009

Faizan Mustafa appointed as the first VC of National Law University of Orissa

As per comment 3 of an earlier post of ours, The National Law University Act, 2008 (Orissa Act 4 Of 2008) was published in the Orissa Gazette (Extraordinary) Vide No.2215, dated 4th December, 2008. So the official establishment year of this university will be 2008.

Following are excerpts from a report in tathya.in about the appointment of the first vice chancellor of this university.

Professor Faizan Mustafa is the first Vice Chancellor of the National Law University of Orissa (NLUO). 

Justice Dr. Balbir Singh Chouhan, Chief Justice of Orissa High court and the Chancellor of NLUO has appointed him in the top post here on 6 April. 

Professor Mustafa is at present the Director KIIT Law School, Bhubaneswar. 

He is a gold medalist in LL.M. from Aligarh Muslim University. who had completed his Ph.D. in Intellectual Property Law. 

Professor Mustafa also has a Diploma in International and Comparative Human Rights from International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France. 

Before joining KLS as Director, he was Dean of Faculty of Law, AMU and Registrar of AMU for a period of two years. …

… Finally the NLUO is taking concrete shape with Prof.Mustafa at the helm and initiative of the Higher Education department to place funds for the institution.

The State Government has already provided Rs.5 crore to the Corpus Fund.

Naveen Patnaik, the Chief Minister laid foundation of the institution on 5 January at Brajabiharipur near Naraj in Cuttack district.

The State Government has allocated 30 acres of land free of cost.

Similar National Law Schools opened earlier in the other states are listed here. So far there were 12 of them in Bangalore (1986), Hyderabad (1998),  Bhopal (1998), Kolkata (1999), Jodhpur (1999), Gandhinagar (2003), Raipur (2003), Kochi (2005), Lucknow (2005), Patiala (2006), Patna (2007), and Delhi (2008). Admission to all of them except the last one is through the common law admission test (CLAT).

13 comments April 7th, 2009

Law University to start classes in 2009-2010

Following is from a report in Pioneer.

The classes for the proposed Law University will commence from the next academic year 2009-10.

A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting convened by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday. LN Mitra from the National Law University (NLU) attended the meeting. The proposal for the university was announced by the Union Law Minister in 2005.

The classes would commence either at the Madhu Sudan Law College or in the campus of Ravenshaw Law College.

The proposed university would be set up at Naraj in an area of 50 acre. The State Government has already acquired 30 acres of land for this purpose.

The Chief Justice of India will function as chancellor of the University while the Bar Council of India will run the entire curriculum of the university.

6 comments August 7th, 2008

CM lays foundation stone for law university

Following is an excerpt from a report in The Statesman.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has said that law university in Orissa will be one of the best in the country.

Laying a foundation stone of the university at Brajabiharipur, Cuttack near Naraj today, the Chief Minister said that with this a long cherished hope has been fulfilled.

January 7th, 2008

National Law University of Orissa to take off

Following are excerpts from a Tathya.in report.

It seems that finally the National Law University of Orissa (NLUO) is taking a concrete shape.

The move to set up an international institution for learning of Law since 1999 will be taking form with a dedicated Corpus Fund in place.

The State Government will be providing Rs.5 crore to the Fund.

Naveen Patnaik, the Chief Minister will be laying foundation of the institution on 5 January at Brajabiharipur near Naraj in Cuttack district.

The State Government has allocated 30 acres of land free of cost.

Since 1999, the move was on to establish the National Law School (NLS) on the lines of the NLS of Bangalore.

Though initiative was taken for the same, but it never took concrete shape.

Taking the experiences of all the NLUs, the State Government is going for the NLUO in an organized way, said the source.

With the Corpus Fund in hand the NLUO will move for a Self Financing Scheme for the operation.

The NLUO is being set up to design and run regular and periodical course of learning for dissemination of knowledge of advanced learning in legal subjects and various issues of Law.

In the mean time the Government of Orissa has already given final shape to the bill of the National Law University of Orissa.

The Cabinet has already approved the bill and it will be presented in the Budget Session of the State legislative Assembly.

Once the new Act and funds in hand, the authorities will go ahead to set up the World Class Centre for Learning of Law in the state, said an official.

1 comment January 4th, 2008

National Law School foundation stone to be led by December end

Following is a report from Pioneer on this.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will lay the foundation stone of the National University of Law by the end of December. Sources said though the exact official date has not been finalised, the foundation stone laying ceremony is expected to be held on December 30.

The founding stone for the university will be laid on Brajabiharipur Mouza near CDA. The Government will provide one-time contribution of Rs 5 crore for the project. The Government will also provide 30 acre land for the project. The Law University will be built on the line of its counterpart in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Kolkata.

While the Chief Justice of Orissa High Court will be the Chancellor of the University, Chief Justice of Supreme Court will be the visiting chairman of the newly formed Governing board.

Note: As per a recent Economic Times article, currently there are 7 National Law Universities. They are in Bangalore, Bhopal, Raipur, Hyderabad, Jodhpur, Gandhinagar and Kolkata. There is plan that in 2008 they will have a common entrance exam. The proposed National Law University in Orissa should immediately attempt to join this group.

3 comments December 23rd, 2007

Law university and open university planned to start from 2008: Dharitri

December 11th, 2007

KIIT National Law School ad in Samaja

5 comments July 31st, 2007

KIIT to have a law school that will also offer five year integrated B.X+LLB programs

KIIT  has started a law school that will offer five year integrated law school programs.  Following are excerpts from Kalinga Times’ report on this.

"KIIT National Law School (KNLS) fills up the absence of a national law school in Orissa and will meet the surging demand for legal professionals in the wake of globalisation and rapid expansion of corporate sector and influx of multinationals in the country," according to an official release issued by the University.

N. L. Mitra, a renowned law academician, has consented to be involved with KNLS as its chief advisor, giving a boost to its mission to be at par with the best law schools.

Mitra has been instrumental in setting up almost all reputed national law schools in the country. He is former Director of National Law School of India University, Bangalore and former Vice-Chancellor of National Law School, Jodhpur.

KNLS is offering five year integrated law programmes (B.A.LL.B; B.Sc. LLB; and BBA.LL.B) as well as three Year LL.B course from the current academic year. …

The School is headed by Faizan Mustafa, who is former Dean and Registrar of Law School, Aligarh Muslim University.

5 comments July 29th, 2007

Institutions with Nontraditional programs – a dated list

Following is a list of institutions with non-traditional programs that I compiled earlier. They are categorized as follows: Arts and Crafts, Design, Teachers training, Diploma in Engineering, ITIs, Film and TV, Homeopathy and Ayurveda, Hotel management, Journalism, Law, Library Science, Performance arts, Physical Education, Sanskrit and Social work.

Continue Reading 6 comments June 8th, 2007


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