JK to have maiden National Law University

SRINAGAR – The Jammu and Kashmir Government has decided to setup a National Law University in the State on the pattern of NLISU Bangalore and NALSAR Hyderabad.

In this connection a high-level state delegation led by Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Syed Basharat Bukhari left for Bangalore and Hyderabad on Thursday to appraise in person the NLISU and NALSAR models to be adopted for proposed Law University in J&K.

The Minister is accompanied by senior officers of the State’s Law Department including Law Secretary, Mohammad Ashraf Mir.

“We have set out on this ambitious project of having a National Law University in J&K on the initiative of the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed,” Mr Bukhari said and added that the State team headed by him would be visiting NLISU Bangalore and NALSAR Hyderabad to see, in person, the functioning of these prestigious institutions and how an institution of similar repute can be established in J&K.

He said the purpose of their visit is to go through the academic courses offered NLISU and NALSAR, the requirement of faculty, the management and other vital issues involved in establishing such an institution in J&K.

Bukhari said that most of the states in the country including New Delhi, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh have already established National Law Universities and given the keen interest evinced by the students from J&K to pursue advanced courses in legal sciences and research, mostly outside the State, there is a pressing demand for setting up a National Law University in J&K.

The Minister said that besides undergraduate and post-graduate courses, the proposed Law University in J&K would also offer doctorate in law. There would be also super-specialized courses in Business Law, Corporate Governance, Human Rights, Medical Law, Disability Law, Environmental Law, Cyber Law and IP Law, he said.

He said the development of niche areas would be facilitated through centres focusing on specific subjects to allow students to pursue specific interests, while at the same time creating a rich and diverse human resource base, within the State, in the intended areas.

He said while the admission to proposed Law University in J&K would be done through a national level entrance test, however, there would be reserved seats for the students from the State, which would be purely on merit basis.