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National Law University and Judicial Academy, Guwahati

Overview

Established in 2009, National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the large city of Guwahati (population range of 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants), Assam. Officially accredited/recognized by the University Grants Commission, India, National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJAA) is a very small (enrollment range: 250-499 students) coeducational higher education institution. National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJAA) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees in several areas of study. NLUJAA also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, as well as administrative services.

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National Law University, Assam (NLU-A) (Hindi: राष्ट्रीय विधि विश्वविद्यालय, असम), is an autonomous law school in India located in Guwahati, Assam, India. It is among the top law colleges in India. It was established in 2009 through an Act passed by the State Legislature of Assam (Assam Act XXV of 2009) as a public university dedicated to the field of legal education. The admissions for first batch were made in 2011 which passed out in 2016. The first Vice-Chancellor of the University was Professor (Dr.) Gurjeet Singh, currently the University is managed by the newly appointed Vice Chancellor Professor (Dr.) J.S. Patil who succeeded Professor (Dr.) Vijender Kumar in 2016. The University is running efficiently with an effective administration and harmonious student-faculty rapport.

History

The North-Eastern region of India has traditionally been one of the underdeveloped and marginalized areas of the Indian nation. In 2009, despite the presence of a High Court for the eight ‘Seven Sister’ states, viz., Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura in Guwahati; the scenario of legal education in the area remained far from the potential of possible proliferation of excellence in the realm of legal profession. Thus, to fulfill the aspirations of the people, the Government of Assam decided to initiate and facilitate the establishment of a Law University in Assam. This led to the establishment of The National Law University and Judicial Academy(NLUJAA), Assam by the Government of Assam by way of passing the National Law School and Judicial Academy, Assam Act, 2009(Act No.XXV of 2009). This Act was later amended as the National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam (Amendment) Act, 2011 (Act II of 2012), wherein the word ‘School’ was replaced by the word ‘University’.

Its present address is the North Eastern Judicial Officer’s Training Institute (NEJOTI) building at Ulubari, in the heart of the Guwahati city. The permanent high tech campus of the Law University is coming up at Agiyathuri, Amingaon on the northern bank of the Brahmaputra river. Set amidst the lush greenery, it has a sprawling campus area that covers 60 acres, with the area likely to be increased to 47 acres in the near future.

Publications

University currently publishes two official bi-annual journals one run by student editors and other by faculty editors. National Law University Assam Law Review (NLUALR) is a four-student edited Journal and National Law University Assam Law and Policy Review (NLUALPR) is a faculty edited peer reviewed journal.

Infrastructure

The University has state-of-the art infrastructure in its present campus. The Administrative Offices, the Class-Rooms, the Conference Hall, the Moot Court Hall, the Dining Hall are being well furnished with all modern equipments. The campus and the hostels are Wi-Fi enabled with each Girl’s Hostel and Boy’s Hostel having separate Multipurpose Gymnasiums. The Library is a gateway to quality education and research in the field of law, social sciences and humanities. In its library, the University has a collection of more than nine thousand printed titles and more than two hundred e-books covering law, social sciences and humanities. Over the years, the library has procured various Law Journals, both printed and electronic. LexisNexis, Manupatra, Westlaw, SCC Online, Cambridge Book Online, JSTOR, Hein Online, Elgar Online are one of the many online databases which have been made available to facilitate quality research of students, visiting research scholars and faculty members. During Semester Breaks, the students, scholars and faculty have been provided with remote access to these library resources.

Centres for Excellence

The University has established nineteen fully equipped centres of excellence for legal studies. These centres are unique in its approach to legal research, credence provided by the fact that, CARTHL established in collaboration with ICRC is a first of a kind in North East India, CCR established by UNICEF is only the second such centre on Child Rights in India after NLSIU; CIPRS is the second centre on IPR after Tezpur University in North East India, a few notable ones.

  • Centre for Advanced Research in International Humanitarian Law [CARTHL]
  • Centre for Child Rights [CCR]
  • Centre for Constitutional Law and Governance [CCLG]
  • Centre for Corporate Law and Good Governance [CCLGG]
  • Centre for Criminal Justice Administration and Human Rights
  • Centre for Disability Rights and Studies
  • Centre for Disaster Management and Law
  • Centre for Environment Law [CEL]
  • Centre for Family Law and Customary Studies
  • Centre for Human Rights and Refugee Law
  • Centre for International Law [CIL]
  • Centre for IPR Studies [CIPRS]
  • Centre for Law Language and Culture
  • Centre for Natural Resources Laws
  • Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies
  • Centre for Post-Graduate Legal Studies [CPGLS]
  • Centre for Socio-Legal Research and Gender Studies [CSLRGS]
  • Centre for Studies of North East, South Asia and South East Asia Legal Studies
  • Centre for Tribal and Land Rights

Academics

Undergraduate

NLU Assam offers B.A.,LL.B.(Hons.) Five-Year Integrated Programme whereunder Social Sciences subjects like Economics, English, History, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration and Sociology are integrated with law subjects in the first two years of study. However, from third year, the course curriculum consists primarily of law subjects. All subjects are compulsory in the first three years of study. However, in the fourth and fifth years, students are offered optional subjects as specialisations, namely, Business Law; Intellectual Property Law; Constitutional Law; Environmental Law; Taxation Law; Criminal Law; International Law and Human Rights. One student can opt for two specialisations in his/her course of study.

NLU Assam follows the Semester System. The entire Five-Year Course is divided into ten semesters, that is, there are two semesters in each academic year. The teaching methodology includes extensive and intensive class room teaching. Emphasis is laid on participative and interactive method of teaching and learning. The Course includes classroom assignments, seminars and project work relating to each subject. The University follows a multi-disciplinary and a wholesome approach in teaching and research. Each student is given and individual attention thereby enabling them as well as facilitating them to choose the subjects/options of their choice that could later help them in planning for their future career.

Post-Graduate Courses

NLU Assam offers One Year Post-Graduation Course (LL.M.) with specialization in:

  • Business Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Consum
  • er Protection Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Intellectual Property Law and
  • International Law

The institution had been a partner institute for Surana & Surana National Trial Advocacy Moot Court Competition.

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NLUJAA PERMANENT CAMPUS

The permanent campus of National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam is being constructed at Amingaon, near the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati. The foundation stone of the National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam was laid by the Chancellor Hon’ble Mr. Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court in presence of Hon’ble Judges of the Gauhati High Court, Members of the General Council, Statutory Bodies, Students, other Distinguished Guests and the Vice Chancellor on 1st July, 2012.

NLUJAA LIBRARY

On the top floor of the Adminstrative building the Library is housed as a temporary measure and will be shifted to an independent customised building under construction soon after its completion. National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam Library is a gateway to quality education and research in the field of law, social sciences and humanities. The University library has a collection of more than twelve thousand titles in the field of law, social sciences and humanities. Over the years, the library has procured various Law Journals, both print and electronic.

Back Ground:
The NLUJAA Library endeavors to facilitate the legal society by providing right information to right users at the right time. It is on a rapid path of growth and development since its inception in 2009, with the establishment of the National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam. The library has undergone an expeditious growth in terms of its resources, staffs and infrastructures as time progressed.

Library Values
Knowledge creation and knowledge dissemination
 Meet the needs of the users and reach them
 Excellence and impact of the services

NLUJAA IT DEPARTMENT

About:

The Computer Centre of the National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam has been set up as a technical annexure of the University to cater as a gateway to the Information Super Highway. Since inception, this centre has been providing support for the various IT related services for the University.

Infrastructure:

The Centre is equipped with a couple of High-end blade servers including HP Proliant G6 and IBM SYSTEM X servers which house the University Intranet Portal, Squid proxy servers for distributing the high speed Internet, KOHA Library management system, ERP Accounting software, DHCP servers and OpenVPN server to serve Remote Access of subscribed Online Databases and other OPAC sites. The University campus including the main building and the three hostels are fully Wi-Fi enabled through CISCO Access points, which is accessible round the clock. The Centre is having a mini computer lab which is functional comprising of a score of high configured computer desktops and High Availabilty Power Banks with capacity of 5KVA resulting high capacity output and reliable power supply.

Services:

The University is hooked up to the National Knowledge Network (NKN), an initiative of the Government of India implemented by the National Implementation Agency, National Informatics Centre (NIC); which is providing a massive bandwidth of 100 Mbps connectivity. The University Intranet portal maintained by the centre provides a single window access to the various notifications through the E-notice board and it also facilitates connectivity to all the subscribed Online Databases as well as other OPAC sites. Computer Centre also provides the Remote access facility to access the Online Databases and OPAC sites remotely from outside the campus network. In near future, the University would be conducting interaction sessions in Video conferencing mode so as to facilitate the students of the University to interact with the faculty members of other National Law Universities.

In addition to the above, the Centre gives round the clock support for network, hardware and software issues pertaining to the faculty, staff and the student also.

NLUJAA Library Collection 

NLUJAA Library holds a collection of more that nine thousand books on law, social science and allied subjects .It has a notably rich collection of reference sources, bare acts, reports, cases and back volumes like Indian Appeal, Moore’s Indian appeal, Law Commission Report, All India Reporter(AIR), Banking Cases, Consumer Protection Judgement (CPJ), Consumer Protection Trade Practices Journal(CTJ), Crimes, Consumer Protection Reporter(CPR), Service Law Reporter(SLR), Supreme Court Cases(SCC), Criminal Law Journal, Halsbury’s Law of India, Constitutional Assembly Debates  etc. To keep students abreast of current happenings the library maintains its blog. It is the member of ISIL, Delnet, INFLIBNET and subscribes six online databases namely:

Heinonline
Jstor
Lexisnexis
Manupatra
SCC Online and
Westlaw
Library has E-book collection of Elger Online and CD-ROM collection of:

AIR supreme court database (1950-2011)
AIR High Court database (1950-2011)The library is also in the process of setting up the Institutional repository. It has already collected nearly 80 LL.M. Dissertations at present. The library, as a part of the ongoing process of digitization, uses the Bookeye 4 scanner.

NLUJAA OPAC is a platform to search and locate the information on available resources in the library remotely.

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