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NLU Jabalpur 5 months in: 120 CLAT seats • 5 cr budget • 27 lakh rent / month

Newest MP NLU budget goes on rent (pictured, Jabalpur airport)Newest MP NLU budget goes on rent (pictured, Jabalpur airport)

NLU Jabalpur is slated to start its first semester of its LLB for 120 students, who are to be admitted through the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2018 this August, from a temporary campus leased on astronomical rent.

Its director Prof Balraj Chauhan told us today that with state government support of Rs 5 crore the NLU was bearing the monthly rent of Rs 27 lakh for half a building and two hostel blocks in the BSNL training centre in Jabalpur which comfortably accommodates one batch of 120 students.

The NLU, Madhya Pradesh’ second after NLIU Bhopal, will publish its first list and its waiting list of selected CLAT 2018 candidates on 20 July, conduct admissions between 21 July and 27 July and begin its session by the first week of August.

The fee for its BALLB degree, the only one the law school is offering this year, is fixed at Rs 2.5 lakh.

Chauhan said that he was waiting for state government approval for its faculty recruitment notification, and that he aims to recruit around 18 teachers, including law and arts subjects.

Construction of the NLU’s permanent campus is yet to begin on the 120 acre land allotted to it by the state government near the Jabalpur airport, he said.

Photo by Ishpray.

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Like +21 Object -1 Beer Singh 05 Jul 18, 17:20  interesting  top rated
What do these State government get by opening multiple NLUs? Honestly speaking not a single NLU has the budgetary support to sustain itself. They all rely on fees from the students which is becoming prohibitive with every passing year. 2.5 lakh a year is crazy. Instead of opening a new NLU, the sensible thing for the MP government would have been to increase the budgetary support to NLIU. Not a single VC is interested in lobbying the Central Government to include NLUs in the list of National Institutes of Eminence which could pave the way for greater funding and reduce financial burden on Students. After all this they will call some Judge at the Convocation, whose father himself was probably a judge, to pontificate students about joining the bar and not be lured by money offered by law firms.
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Like +7 Object -1 Guest 05 Jul 18, 20:30  interesting
Yes, exactly. Why can't this 27 lakh per month be spent on NLIU? If you fund more on NLIU it can rise up the rankings.
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Like +7 Object -1 Guest 05 Jul 18, 18:31  interesting
What do the state government's get?
Quite simple. The local MLA/MP get to swell their chest to their constituents and say, "hum laye hain yeh apne kshetra mein." The way states used to point to burgeoning engineering institutes in the 90s as a reference point of what they were doing for education, they do so now through law schools.

Have VCs attempted lobbying?
I know they did so immediately after NDA government was sworn in back in 2014. I also know that they were told that the government was disinterested.

They have since tried to reach out to the judiciary. Earlier this year, the Supreme court asked the union government to file a response on NLUs as institutes of eminence in the Shamnad Basheer litigation. These things don't happen without catalysts. One of them being individual pushes in the direction.

The VCs have a vested interest in getting the same for the NLUs. The good and progressive ones can actually hope to fend off the rising private institutions by offering better terms, while the corrupt ones will have their hands on a bigger pie. Don't assume they are disinterested, though some certainly are.
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Like +2 Object -1 Guest 05 Jul 18, 20:30
This madness must stop. It is just ridiculous to have more than 1 NLU per state. And where will the faculty come from?
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Like +5 Object -1 Remember this 05 Jul 18, 20:30
I urge LI to not forget the strong indictment of the then VC of RMNLU who will now head Jabalpur NLU.
Couldnt they find anyother person to head this lawschool .??
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Like +2 Object -6 Guest 05 Jul 18, 23:24
Remember also that he was the founder VC of NLIU and the one who lay down the foundation of its success.
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Like +4 Object -0 NLIU Ex-student 06 Jul 18, 16:34
He wasn't the founder VC of NLIU Prof. V.S. Rekhi was
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Like +3 Object -0 Guest 06 Jul 18, 12:59
This is bad news for NLIU Bhopal. It means that crores of rupees which could have been funnelled to improve NLIU will now be spent on this NLU. And in future the state budget for legal education will be divided between two NLUs. A shameful example of a premier and prestigious NLU being ruined by illiterate and incompetent politicians.
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Like +1 Object -1 Bechara 08 Jul 18, 13:31
NLIU is going to the dogs. The money spent on this new NLU would have solved NLIU's problems. It could have been spent on infrastructure, a chair professorship to attract top faculty, or financial support for meritorious students opting for low-paying careers in litigation.
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