CNLU shines in law education


PATNA: With a view to giving law education in the state a big boost, the state government set up Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) in 2006. In about 16 years since inception, its report card is exceptionally well.

It was not without reason that CNLU was accredited with “A” grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). Its students and faculty members have earned accolades at the national level by making significant contributions in academics.


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Starting its journey from the campus of A N Sinha Institute near Gandhi Maidan under the stewardship of legal luminary A Lakshminath (founder vice-chancellor), it shifted to its own sprawling campus built on 18 acres at Mithapur in 2010. Today, it has all the modern facilities required in a reputed institution.
CNLU has fully AC classrooms augmented with audio-visual aids, multipurpose-cum-moot court hall, internet access via wireless network, residential accommodation for students and faculty, cafeteria, bank, ATM and medical facilities. It organises regular careers fairs, training workshops, and one-to-one guidance for students.

The airconditioned CNLU library has a collection of more than 14,000 books, and subscribes to nearly two dozen Indian and foreign journals.

CNLU registrar M P Srivastava said at present there are two separate hostels for boys and girls, and steps have been initiated to construct more hostels to meet the requirements of all needy students, especially after introduction of new courses. The career development cell of CNLU ensures placement of its students by rendering them proper guidance and inviting different law firms for placement. A good number of students are hired by reputed law firms every year.

As many as 180 students of CNLU have been posted as judicial officers in different states, including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. This year, nearly 100 students have qualified in the state-level examinations for judicial services, panchayati raj chair professor S P Singh added.

CNLU has also recently started a pre-examination training centre for assisting students belonging to backward and extremely backward classes in preparation for judicial services and other examinations. As many as 60 students are admitted to this training programme every year.

The legal aid committee of the university provides legal help to the needy and assists them in seeking legal justice. Senior law students counsel the people every Saturday and Sunday on legal issues. The committee also organizes legal awareness camps for the people in general.

The Child Rights Centre (CRC) of the university conducts studies and research on child rights issues. It organizes advocacy programmes in coordination with the people’s representatives and educates the parents on child rights. It also organizes sensitization programmes for children and runs training programmes for people associated with child care centres, said a faculty member associated with CRC, Sugandha Sinha.


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