The state of Himachal Pradesh is going to get a brand new National Law University (NLU). The new NLU will be set up in collaboration with the Himachal Pradesh High Court, near Ghanahatti at a cost of Rs. 400 Crore. The news was revealed by the Chief Justice of HP High Court, Mansoor Ahmad Mir.
In a statement given to media he stated that, “We are making efforts to see that university is made functional during the current session for running five-year and three-year law courses. The university will be directly under the state High Court, unlike few states which have different arrangement.”
The Chief Justice, whose brain child the entire project was, also added that soon an ordinance would be promulgated by the Government for establishing the Law University and later the Ordinance will be replaced by a Bill, which would be required to be passed by the state assembly.
It should be noted that the NLUs in the country are established under act which has been ratified by state assembly. This is done in order to confer the NLUs with deemed university tag, which in turn helps the NLUs to maintain autonomy.
The plan to establish the NLU in Shimla was announced in a 3-day regional judicial conference of north zone states on the subject of ‘Strengthening Justice Delivery System: Tools and Techniques’ in which the Chief Justice and the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh presided.
Commenting upon the proposed NLU, the Chief Minister, who had announced the news in his inaugural address, elaborated on the importance of imparting world class education to prepare them to serve the justice delivery system in the best possible way. He also expressed happiness over the decrease in number of pending cases in the state. He stated that: “I am happy to learn that the percentage of 5 years plus cases in the Subordinate Courts in our State has fallen below 8 percent.”
He also stressed upon the importance of case-specific timetables to determine the amount of time for ensuring speedy justice.
The proposed NLU comes in addition to an under construction State Judicial Academy, which is being built at an estimated cost of Rs. 163 crore. The NLU, according to the Chief Minister will have all modern facilities like administrative block, VIP hostels, staff hostel, staff quarters and an independent helipad for the visiting legal luminaries from India and outside.