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MNLU Nagpur to get Rs 750 cr gov’t windfall, envisions new 60 acre campus (joint 2nd largest of all NLUs)

NLU Nagpur registrar NM SakarkarNLU Nagpur registrar NM Sakarkar

MNLU Nagpur will shift from its 45 acre temporary campus to a Rs 789 crore permanent 60 acre campus by 2021, predicted its registrar NM Sakarkar having already been sanctioned Rs 200 crore from Maharashtra for the first phase of construction.

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had told the media last week that the state government had envisaged a Rs 750 crore project to create the “most beautiful campus in the country” for the Nagpur NLU, as first reported by the Times of India.

Sakarkar today told us that the law school would have access to Rs 75 crore before 31 March 2018 and that the public works department (PWD) had already approved the architectural plan for the new campus, which was the winning submission selected from entries in an architectural design competition conducted by the NLU.

He said that the NLU currently admitted 120 students annually in three streams of the LLB degree - the BALLB, BSC LLB and the BCom LLB.

With the Rs 200 crore sanctioned by the government for the first phase of construction, the law school would begin construction of the building for the BALLB department to accommodate the 60 students in that stream.

He said that the construction was likely to begin by August 2018, after obtaining various approvals to commence construction which are currently in process, and after the PWD publishes a tender to select the contractors.

Sakarkar said that the additional money from the government was entirely earmarked towards construction, and that the college had no requirement for hiring additional teachers for its two batches at the moment.

NLU Nagpur currently has two years of 120 LLB students and 15 permanent faculty members including one professor, four associate professors and 10 assistant professors in addition to the vice-chancellor, registrar and other non-teaching staff.

It has admitted both the batches of students through the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) and it is one of the three NLUs established under the Maharashtra National Law University Act 2014. NLU Mumbai and NLU Nagpur are the other two NLUs which were established under this Act.

Does size matter?

One big question is how much law students care about the size of their campus (beyond a certain point and bragging rights, anyway)?

By contrast:

  • HNLU Raipur has a 65 acre campus,
  • NLIU Bhopal and JGLS Sonepat have campuses of around 60 acres,
  • Nalsar Hyderabad and NLU Jodhpur both lay claim to 55 acres,
  • GNLU Gandhinagar has a 50 acre campus, which it described as “monumental” in 2012 when it moved in and “spacious” and “sprawling” on its website.
  • NLSIU has a campus of only 23 acres,
  • while NUJS Kolkata makes do with a comparatively tiny 5 acres, according to its website.
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Like +4 Object -0 Zee Zee 05 Feb 18, 20:40
*Mine is bigger than yours*

My vote will go to NLIU, Bhopal and NALSAR for having one of the most aesthetically pleasing campuses.

vote to JSLS for having the most sophisticated one.
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Like +0 Object -0 El Cid CAMpeador 10 Feb 18, 20:13
GNLU and RML have wonderful campuses
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Like +2 Object -0 Guest 05 Feb 18, 23:15
You mean Mumbai and Aurangabad are the two other NLUs established under the Maharashtra Act.
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Like +2 Object -2 Guest 05 Feb 18, 23:37
This is very unfair. Many established NLUs are in dire need of funds. Also, it is better to give such money to NLU Mumbai.
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Like +1 Object -1 Guest 06 Feb 18, 09:45
Complete insanity to pour so much money into a third-tier NLU.
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Like +3 Object -0 Advocate TD1806 06 Feb 18, 14:43
Why spend all that money on a campus only? why not invest that money to attract talents in the form of teachers and administrative staff? how about using that money in library, internet and legal aid society of the University as well as organizing Annual Moots/Debates/Sport Festivals etc (which serve as socializing and networking opportunities). Spend on the priorities you will get the best and the most motivated students from all across India
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 06 Feb 18, 15:53
Prachi, why have you stopped coverage of the Review Commission at NUJS?
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Like +1 Object -0 Bhaiya 06 Feb 18, 20:17
Because it is no longer 'happening' enough. Apart from BCI's shenanigans, I have rarely seen LI pursue an issue consistently and reporting all the developments. The current scene is that the NUJS VC has sat on the report for as long as he could, while denying that he has it. Supposedly CJI asked him to show cause on several points, which he claims to have answered. But the report has not even been placed before the EC. Obviously Bhat would never do it on his own, preferring to render it stale for as long as possible and enjoy his fiefdom. And the CJI has bigger problems of his own now to pay further attention to this. Students have even failed an RTI about this, which has not been answered yet, as usual.
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Like +1 Object -0 Roger 07 Feb 18, 10:40
Spot on. Legally India is unethical and unprofessional. They do articles pointing to massive scams, and then there is not a single follow up. Legal education has witnessed many scams, ranging from the BCI bribery scandal to misgovernance by various VCs to embezzlement of funds by politicians. If LI takes it up seriously it can become a political issue.
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 07 Feb 18, 16:18
Simple answer to solve this:

In The High Court At Calcutta
Constitutional Writ Jurisdiction
WP 200 of 2018

Student Juridical Association v State of West Bengal, Ishwar Bhat & Ors
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Like +0 Object -0 Major Ram 06 Feb 18, 17:11
Every one knows, RMLNLU has the best campus as of now. Don't know how many acres (less than 10 from what I remember), but the best. Anyone who has visited will know.
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Like +1 Object -1 Bhai 07 Feb 18, 11:19
Campus/Infra ki baat ho, Aur RGNUL ka naam na ho?
By far the best campus.
50acres+, full ac hostels and classes, separate and big buildings from gym, library, auditorium.
The world is here, where are you?
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Like +0 Object -0 RGNUL-ite 21 Feb 18, 19:41
Alas! If only the University spent any money conducting events on a large scale so that others too may see the palatial campus, rather than that money never seeing the light of day. Hopefully, the upcoming cultural and sports fests will yield more exposure.
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