Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL) Patiala

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Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Patiala was established in year 2006 by Punjab Government (Punjab Act No. 12 of 2006) as a public university. The 1st vice-chancellor is Dr. Gurjit Singh. The establishment of RGNUL has fulfilled a dream of having a centre of excellence in legal education in Punjab. Currently, the university is spending its last few days at its transit campus at Mohindra Kothi, Patiala. The construction of its new campus at Sidhuwal Village is nearing completion. By the end of 2010, the law school will be shifted to its magnanimous 50 acre edifice. RGNUL is affiliated to UGC and approved by Bar Council of India.

History

The Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL) was established in 2006 to satisfy the need of having a centre of excellence in legal studies in the richest state in the country. It conducted its first entrance examination in July 2006 and classes began in September. Prof G.I.S Sandhu joined as the registrar. It performed the stupendous feat of conducting a sterling moot court competition of international repute, the Law Asia moot court competition, in the very first year of its establishment. In the subsequent years, it went on to become one of the premier mooting law schools of the nation. It has organized the commonwealth moot court competition and the prestigious Bar Council Of India Moot.

Academic Reputation and Students' Achievements

RGNUL's academic reputation is second to none. The proactive curriculum of the law school has gained appreciation from the legal fraternity. The signature law journal of the law school 'RGNUL Law Review' has been launched to promote cutting edge legal research.Its students have proved their mettle all over the country with the year 2009 proving to be exceptional. The students have publications in international and national law journals including the coveted Company Law Journal. Kush Kalra of third year, a prolific essayist and a green activist has been the recipient of the prestigious ' Young Achievers Award 2009'. RGNUL won the NLIU Tankha moot, and had the best memorial in the ULC Bangalore moot. It also won the best researcher award in the prestigious Henry Durant national rounds. As per legally India's mooting premier league, RGNUL currently stands as the 9th best law school in the country and the 5th best national law school of India.

Campuses

Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL) started functioning at its interim campus at Mohindra Kothi, Mall Road, a heritage building at the heart of the city of Patiala. As of today it is still functioning at its interim campus, but its days there are marked, as its permanent campus at village Sidhuwal is nearing completion. The Mohindra Kothi campus is characterised by all the modern facilities a national law university can look for. It is 24 hours wi fi enabled coupled with a plethora of other features. [edit]Features of the Mohindra Kothi Campus

[edit]Library The Rajiv Gandhi National University Of Law Library, is one of the best law libraries in the country of India. The Library at the RGNUL has acquired a collection of over 20000 Volumes covering a wide range of general and special subjects consisting of text books, reference books, volumes of journals, reports etc. apart from the current legal periodicals. The RGNUL Library at present subscribes 45 Law Journals and about 25 magazines. Apart from the subscription to law journals, 15 Newspapers and Online journals are also being subscribed by the RGNUL Library for keeping the students and faculty in touch with the current affairs. Apart from these two, separate reading rooms have been marked for the undergraduate students and for the Post graduate students The active library professionals started using computers not only to manage library but also to fulfill the needs and requirements of library users. Computer and other digital or electronic resources are less expensive and more helpful for easy access. Now the users can access the libraries from outside by digital access by commonly available electronic information resources such as CO-ROMs/DVDs, OPAC, Web-OPAC and the Internet. The RGNUL Library has been using LIBSYS package for Library Automation and housekeeping operations. The library on-line catalogue database has bibliographic information books and back volumes of periodicals. Through the LIBSYS OPAC users can access and search the Library Online Catalogue by Author, Title, Subject, and keywords. Users can know the latest additions of periodicals. Reservation of a book can be done Online through Web-Opac. Students and other staff can access Web-Opac through Wi-Fi network with in University campus and Hostels also. RGNUL Library also providing “Ask a Librarian” service for online reference regarding Library. The RGNUL library has the following sections: Reference Section Periodical Section General Section Technical Section Photocopy Section. [edit]Computer Labs Keeping in mind the importance of technology in legal education, every RGNUL student is expected to possess a laptop. Other than the individual laptops the students may possess, RGNUL has two fully equipped centrally air conditioned computer labs with about twenty computers each. The hi tech computer labs, managed by the rgnul i.t department is stocked with all the accessories including printers, scanners, webcams, etc. The computer labs function till the university hours and cannot be used by students on holidays and Sundays. [edit]Moot Court Hall Mooting is one of the prime academic exercises promoted in RGNUL. It is the policy of the University to encourage its students to participate in as many national and international moot court competitions as possible. The University moot policy is backed by the keen interest of the innovative faculty members. The well equipped library, computer lab with internet and well furnished Moot Court Hall, provide an atmosphere conducive to young creative brains to focus on the legal debates at various moots. [edit]University Health Centre RGNUL has a sterling health centre within the university premises. The RGNUL UHC has complete facilities for indoor admissions, minor surgeries, resuscitation equipment, vaccinations, and sterilization of equipment and stock of medicines for routine and emergency ailments. It functions for twenty four (24) hours. Among other efforts being undertaken by the UHC are: Gender Education, Acquiring Life Skills, Prevention of Addictions and Substance Abuse, Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, General Hygiene and Health, Psychosocial issues etc., UHC also has taken up the onus of conducting routine health check up of students and staff, especially the food handlers in the canteen. Surveys on vaccination status are routinely conducted and necessary measures undertaken. [edit]Gymnasium and Sports The RGNUL Campus has state-of-the-art fitness centre, designed exclusively for the students. In addition to the Gymnasium, students have been provided with others sports facilities also that include Football, Table Tennis and Badminton. The RGNUL cricket league, RCL, a bi annual feature of the campus is a competitive inter batches cricket league. [edit]RGNUL new campus at village sidhuwal

The village Sidhuwal campus, once completed, will be one of the best in the country. The administration hopes to make it a model for all residential educational institutions in the country. RGNUL's new campus, on the verge of being functional, will be one of the finest of all the educational institutions in the country. The fully residential and self-sufficient campus will have Administrative cum-Academic Block, separate spacious Library, Auditorium, Sports Complex, Boys and Girls Hostels, Guest House, Community Hall, Health Centre, Shopping Centre residences and other facilities etc. etc. Tentative Total cost is Approx.Rs.160.00 crores.Total construction of campus will be done in three phases. The work for the Ist Phase is about to be completed and these are the following components which have been proposed in Ist Phase costing Approx. Rs.70.00 crores. Administrative and Academic Block. Boys and Girls Hostel Block-( Six Blocks out of Twelve.) i/c Mess/Dinning. Reader's House 6 No.s out of total proposed 12 Nos. Class IV Houses 10 No.s out of total proposed 30 Nos. Lecturer Houses 12 out of 24 nos. Following works have been proposed in Phase-II costing Approx.Rs.45.00 Crores. Auditorium Library Lecturer Houses 12 out of 24 nos. Readers’ Houses 06 out of 12 nos Professor Houses 06 nos. Non-Teaching Staff Houses 30 nos. Class IV Houses 15 nos. Health Centre/Faculty Club Shopping Complex V.I.P. Guest Houses Registrar’s Bungalow V.C.'s Bungalow Following work have been proposed in Phase-III costing Approx. 45.00 crores. Boys and Girls Hostel Blocks balance 50% Faculty Guest Houses Present position under (Phase- I) is as under:- Boundary Wall: Work has already been completed on three sides of the campus; construction of front side is in progress. Earthwork for the Internal Roads: The work stands completed. Construction of Hostel Blocks: There are about 262 rooms for Boys and 188 rooms for Girls in 3 Blocks (50% area) and mess separately for Boys & Girls. Work for the construction of hostel blocks is in progress & is expected to be completed by Sep 2010. Administrative and Academic Block: The plans have been finalized by the RGNUL Administration. Detailed drawings are being evolved by M/s Kothari Associates, New Delhi, and Architect and Consultant. The work for this Block has been taken in hand in January 2010.

Courses Offered:

B.A., L.L.B. (Hons.) L.L.M. M.Phil. in Law M.Phil. in Social Sciences with Law Ph.D. in Law Ph.D. in Social Sciences with Law Admission to Hons. course is through Common Law Admission Test (CLAT-2008)[1].

Research Centres

In a short span of four years RGNUL has established a number of specialised centres in its campus catering to the myriad of needs of its students. The most important among them are the following: Centre for Advanced Study in Criminal Law (CASCL) Centre for Consumer Protection Laws and Advocacy (CCPLA) Centre for Advanced Study in International Humanitarian Law (CASH) RGNUL Institute of Competitive Exams(RICE) Centre for study in agriculture law and economices (SALE)