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Are NLUs Legally entitled to use the word "National"?

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With due regards to the students, alumni and faculties of NLUs, I have no doubt the NLUs are truly national in terms of student compostition, different in terms of curriculum and administrative structures from other tradtional law colleges. The big question is whether the NLUs are legally entitled to use the word "National".


The NLUs are established by  acts of different state legislatures and are universities within the meaning of Section 2 (f) of UGC Act, 1956.

I cannot produce the government order, rule or circular where it has been stated that the State Universities or institutions  are not entitled to use the word "national". 

But I am producing evidences which has put doubt on my mind regarding the use of the word "national" by the NLUs.

Evidence 1:

Source: http://www.ugc.ac.in/more/commissiondecision/427.pdf

"4.01 The Commission examined the proposals received from Gauhati University and Vikram University and granted its approval in principle with the modification that Gauhati University be advised to drop the word “National” in the proposed Institute of Art History, as the State institutions are not permitted to use it." (emphasis added) 

Evidence 2:

Source: http://www.ugc.ac.in/more/commissiondecision/430.pdf

6.06: To consider the request of Gauhati University for not removing the word “National” from its proposal for “establishment of National Institute of Arts History”. The Commission, keeping in view the instructions of Govt. of India resolved not to accept the request of Gauhati University for use of word “National” with the name of the Institute of Arts History.


There must be a Government order in existence which prohibits state institutions not to use the word "national" in their name, as inferred from Evidence 1 and 2. I put a serious doubt on legitimacy of the use of the word "National" by the NLUs.

Further, I suggest that the NLUs may be transformed into Central institutions like in the case of NITs. Like the IITs and IIMs, NLUs  can form a single brand image, this will help in easy rotation of faculty, better funding and will also help the upcoming law schools with the older NLUs working as mentor institutes. Further, turning NLUs into central institution will also put end to the debate on regional reservation policy.

Critical Comment on this issue is seriously welcome.  

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