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Students shun stopgap law campus
60 of 100 seats taken, next session in crisis

It is touted as one of the top dozen law cradles in the country and yet seats are going begging at National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), arguably for want of permanent infrastructure — a dream that has become distant after the recent Nagri crisis.

In its third year of functioning, the elite school for future legal eagles offers room for 100 in the sought-after five-year integrated BA LLB (Honours) programme. However, only 60 have expressed their willingness to join the varsity after qualifying the mandatory CLAT (common law admission test) held on May 13.

Officials are not hopeful of a number surge, with Friday being the extended date of application after the original admission deadline of June 30. The NUSRL selection list will be put up on Saturday.

“We had not been able to field 100 students despite four CLAT lists. So, we had invited applications again on the basis of CLAT 2012 rank and score. Getting quality students has become a Herculean task because we do not have permanent infrastructure. The Nagri clash is a fresh hurdle. We don’t known when our campus dream will be realised,” conceded NUSRL dean (faculty) Alok Gupta.

Currently, the cradle runs its show from a temporary campus at BIT-Mesra, with five classrooms and one moot court, where proceedings are simulated.

“According to norms, we must have at least 16 classrooms and four moot courts, which will be possible only when we have our own campus. Besides, we need hostels. Our students are being accommodated at the National Games Housing Complex in Hotwar and a private housing colony, but they are not adequate,” Gupta said.

NUSRL vice chancellor A.K. Koul, who is an internationally acclaimed law academic with teaching stints in the US among other countries, is equally concerned.

“We are virtually at the bottom of the national law cradle list because we have no infrastructure. The 67-acre campus proposed at Nagri is at stake. Our boundary wall has been attacked. We (the state government) were supposed to invest Rs 550-600 crore over the next three years, but things look bleak now,” he said.

Koul maintained that they were still keen on developing the institute and were even open to recruiting Nagri villagers. “We will require almost 500 third and fourth grade employees on the permanent campus. We have also been planning technical schools to hone rural skills,” he added.

In 2010, when NUSRL was born, 48 students were admitted because of space crunch. Hopes of a permanent campus increased the figure to 100 in 2011, but the numbers have plunged again.

“Guardians who wish to admit their wards at NUSRL seek to know about infrastructure. We understandably fumble for a suitable reply under the present circumstances. How can parents spend lakhs (around Rs 10 lakh for the five-year course) on education of their children in an institute that lacks permanent infrastructure?” Koul said.

Officials warned that from next year the cradle would face severe space crunch in both classrooms and hostels. “The present accommodations provide for 320 students, while the total number of students on the rolls is 260, including LLM and PhD. From the next academic session or the one after that, we may have to stop admissions if we do not have a campus of our own,” one of them said.

Will you study at NUSRL after it gets a permanent campus?