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Founded in 2003, Hidayatullah National Law University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the rural setting of the medium-sized city of Raipur (population range of 500,000-1,000,000 inhabitants), Chhattisgarh. Officially accredited/recognized by the University Grants Commission, India, Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU) is a coeducational higher education institution. Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees in several areas of study. HNLU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, as well as administrative services.
Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU) (Hindi: हिदायतुल्लाह राष्ट्रीय विधि विश्वविद्यालय) is an autonomous law university in New Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India. The University is named after the former Chief Justice of India, Justice Mohammad Hidayatullah. It is one of the National Law Schools established in India being sixth in the series of such national law schools. It was established as a centre for legal excellence by the Government of Chhattisgarh under the Hidayatullah National University of Law, Chhattisgarh, Act (Act No.10 of 2003). The university offers a B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) integrated Programme, an L.L.M. Programme, and Ph.D Course.
It is a residential university and is affiliated to and receives central assistance from the University Grants Commission and is recognised by the Bar Council of India.
Heading the administration of the university are:
- Visitor: Justice T. S. Thakur, Chief Justice of India.
- Chancellor: Justice Deepak Gupta, Chief Justice of the High Court of Chhattisgarh.
- Vice Chancellor: Prof. Dr. Sukhpal Singh.
- Registrar: Dr. Deepak Kumar Srivastava (Registrar-in-charge).
Admissions to Undergraduate and postgraduate courses is made on the basis of merit as assessed through Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). Prior to 2008, admissions were conducted through National Entrance Tests which was replaced by CLAT as per the Supreme Court of India’s directives. Admissions to the Ph.d Programme is conducted separately by the University.Students belonging to the state domicile Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Class, and PWD and minorities are provided with scholarships by the state government.
Courses and curriculum
HNLU currently offers following courses:
- B.A., LL.B (Hons.) – Integrated Undergraduate Law Degree Program – (5 Years)
- LL.M – Master of Laws – Postgraduate Program – (1 Year)
The University follows a semester system in its Undergraduate Program, with the students studying a total of 56 Papers in 5 Years. The University earlier had a system of students declaring a major(Political Science, Sociology or Economics) but currently it offers a single major, Political Science. In the 4th & 5th Year, students have to choose two Honors papers. All students are also required to study 6 Optional papers during their 4th & 5th year.
|Compulsory Law Papers||Contd.||Contd.||Honors subjects offered||Optionals offered|
|Law of Torts||Environmental Law||Code of Civil Procedure||Hons. in Constitutional Governance||International Commercial Arbitration|
|Legal Methods||Labor Law – I||Indian Evidence Act||Hons. in Corporate Law||Indirect taxation|
|Family Law – I||Labor Law – II||Alternative Dispute Resolution||Hons. in Intellectual Property Laws||Law of Insurance|
|Family Law – II||Corporate Law – I||Transfer of Property Act||Hons. in Trade & Investment Laws||Competition Law|
|Law of Contracts – I||Corporate Law – II||Intellectual Property Laws||Hons. in Criminal Law||WTO Law|
|Law of Contracts – II||Jurisprudence – I||Land Laws||Banking Law’s|
|Constitutional Governance – I||Jurisprudence – II||Drafting, Pleading, Conveyancing||Women & Law|
|Constitutional Governance – II||Principles of Taxation||Professional Ethics||Media & Law|
|International Law||Administrative Law||Cyber Law|
|Indian Penal Code||Code of Criminal Procedure|
The University offers a one-year LL.M Program which runs according to a Trimester system. The specialisations offered are Corporate Law, Intellectual Property Law & Environmental Law.
HNLU Student Bar Journal is the flagship peer review journal of the Students Bar Association of HNLU. In 2014 the University started the HNLU Journal of Law & Social Sciences (ISSN No. 2347-839X), a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with an editorial board of experts from the legal as well as the field of social sciences. This Bi-annual Journal is being published with the objective to provide a platform to judges, jurists, academicians, research scholars and legal practitioners to express their views on topics of contemporary significance in law and social sciences.
Previously, the university ran from a classical heritage building adjacent to the Raj Bhawan in the heart of the city. In 2009, the university shifted to its newly constructed campus at Uparwara, Naya Raipur, about 22 km from the center of Raipur city.
The new campus is built over 65 acres (260,000 m2) of land located beside a lake and in a serene and pollution free environment. The circular academic and administrative building has been built on the design of the Parliament of India. The academic block consists of a three-storied library with an air conditioned reading hall and an air-conditioned computer lab equipped with 200 computers. The academic block also houses the Moot Court Halls designed to match the standards of the Supreme Court of India and the High Courts. The campus is Wi-Fi enabled. There are 21 air-conditioned class-rooms fitted with modern teaching aids and equipments.
The air-conditioned class rooms are fitted with teaching aids such as DLP projectors and no single interactive boards. It also has a Conference Hall and an amphitheatre. The Halls of Residence at the new campus have been constructed to provide single room accommodation to each student.
HNLU provides separate hostels for girls and boys. Each hostel has two blocks which are connected to the mess. There are over 400 single occupancy rooms and under construction 216 double occupancy rooms. The hostels are equipped with separate mess and gymnasium facilities with on resident doctor
Library and Reading Room
HNLU has a three-storied library with an air conditioned reading hall. HNLU library has adopted an open access system so as to make it easier for the readers to access to the library resources thereby saving time. The library has a large collection of law books, case law reports and journals. To assist the students and research scholars in locating their desired legal literature and other information, a library automation system has been installed. Photocopying and printing facilities are available.
The HNLU library conducts a library orientation programme for the fresh students to acquaint them with the library system.
The library is Wi-Fi enabled and provides the students with daily newspapers, weekly magazines and other periodicals.
HNLU has an air conditioned computer lab with desktop computers with internet connectivity. All the legal databases are available through CD-ROMs and subscription to web based databases like JSTOR, Manupatra and Westlaw International, SCC Online, and Economic and Political Weekly. A Wi-Fi facility provides the students with wire-free access to the web resources through their laptops. The Information Technology Committee, a student body, maintains the Computer Lab.
New Academic Block & Guest House
In 2013 the University began construction to build a second Academic Block adjacent to the original one, with classrooms built to accommodate the additional students, after intake was hiked from 100 to 175.
A Guest house has been built where parents of students & guests are accommodated. The Lake facing guest house has air-conditioned rooms which are available at a nominal fee on application to the Registrar.
New Hostel Block & Auditorium
Construction began in 2014 for the new Hostel Blocks for both the Boys’ & Girls’ Hostels. The new hostels are twin-sharing contrary to the old single rooms. The
Chhattisgarh Government also allotted a major budget in 2014 for the construction of a state-of-the-art Auditorium