Prof.(Dr.) Vijender Kumar
I welcome You All to National Law University, Nagpur (NLU, Nagpur). The University, an institution with a student centric outlook, was established by Government of Maharashtra by an Act, the Maharashtra National Law University Act (Maharashtra Act No. VI of 2014).The University started its academic activities on August 1, 2016. We take pride to be the Nineteenth National Law University in order of establishment of NLUs in the country. It has been recognized by University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Bar Council of India, New Delhi. The University is a member of Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and the Consortium of National Law Universities (CNLUs). We are making rapid progress towards the dream of achieving excellence in the field of legal education with its dedicated faculty members, research associates, research scholars, students and staff under the able guidance and supervision of Hon'ble Chancellor, Pro-Chancellor, members of the statutory bodies, and well-wishers.
I believe that the strength of the University is its students and research scholars. The University shall leave no stone unturned to ensure that they become sincere and committed legal professionals by providing them with the best of training, infrastructure, a well-stocked library and other facilities. Apart from their academic activities, the University shall ensure that they undertake internship and training both with the national and international law firms; corporate houses; the judiciary- Trial Courts, Tribunals, High Courts and the Supreme Court of India; Government Departments and NGOs across the country. The University encourages the students to take part inintra-university as well asinteruniversitymoot court competitions, literary events, seminars, conferences and webinars, sports and cultural activities to enable them to improve their skills in the respective fields. Weare committed to give to the society qualified lawyers and judges, able administrators, academicians, intellectuals, distinguished leaders and socially responsible citizens.
The University has signed more than a dozen Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with National Law Universities in the country towards exchange programme and is exploring possibilities of signing Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with foreign universities for students and faculty exchange activities. Such associations will enable our students to study at the foreign university for a semester and the grades/scores earned at the host university shall merge in the grade-sheet of this University accordingly. Similarly, the faculty of the University shall also get an opportunity to teach and / or research at the foreign universities for a short while and bring back the experience in the classroom at the University. The University is striving towards placing the students for internship with the Hon'ble Judges of the Supreme Court and the High Courts, Senior Advocates of the Supreme Court and the High Courts, domestic and international law firms and corporate houses as well as NGOs and LPOs. The University shall be making every effort to create a healthy and conducive academic atmosphere in the campus which shall reflect in the number of flagship programmes held in the University including national, international conferences, workshops, seminars, and webinars.
It is my sincere belief that the University shall continue its efforts to nurture and promote quality legal education through classroom teaching-learning pedagogy and make this University as one of the best National Law Universities in the country. The University has a locational advantage; Nagpur being centrally located. The city is known as the Mecca of legal fraternity, a place where intelligentsia and intellectuals breeze in and out constantly, and a place which has the potential talent pool of academicians. All these advantages need to be synergized to build this University to achieve greater heights and new benchmarks in legal education.
The key to that success is YOUthe young aspirant, who desires to join this University. The transformation of your mind with its limitless potential will make this University a unique class of its own. The University is designed and shall be constantly redesigned to address the social, political and economic needs of 'we the people of India' as well as ‘we the Other people of India'. The University shall focus on overall growth of young minds through different co-curricular, extra-curricular and social outreach activities besides the academics. It is possible only if YOU share the dream and passion to achieve them. It is not justYOU, but your parents, guardians and well-wishers who shall be with you on this journey. Getting admission in this University is not the achievement but to sustain the goal, learn, unlearn and relearn in this journey, to practice the profession with highest ethical, moral and professional standards, to involve proactively in the issues facing the society would be the real achievement.
The legal education at the University is just a fuel to ignite the fire in YOU. Therefore, I welcome YOU to join the University and be one of the youngest soldiers, be a part of the mission to achieve unachievable goals of life, professional and personal, and make this nation proud of YOU.