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The University of Pune's (UoP) proposed National Law School (NLS) remains stuck in a debate over legal technicalities despite the state government approving the project nearly two months back. While the four-storied newly-constructed building for the proposed institute will be inaugurated by Governor K Shankaranarayanan on 14th August, the UoP authorities are not sure whether the school will go functional from academic year 2012-13. "We have received the state government's approval to the NLS project but, the same has come with a condition that the project will run at no-cost to the state government," said UoP vice-chancellor Wasudev Gade here on Saturday, 21st July, 2012.
"The university will have to utilise its own funds to ensure that the NLS goes operational," he said. The university had moved a proposal seeking the state government's approval to the project, over two years back, he added. So far, the university has spent nearly Rs. 10 crore on the construction of the new building for the NLS in front of the department of management sciences on the university campus. The UoP's NLA has been modeled along the lines of the existing seven national law universities in the country. The project was mooted in 2006 by the then officiating VC Ratnakar Gaikwad. Initially, it was expected to go functional from AY 2010-11 but, it could not because of the building was not ready. Later, the NLS was expected to start from AY 2011-12 but, this too did not happen as the state government had not given its approval to the project while the university's estate department was required to hand over the building to the varsity administration. Gade said, "As of now, there are two sets of opinion related to the NLS in the university circles. A section of people are insisting that the university can not establish a National Law School as such an institution has to be established by way of an enactment passed by the Parliament." "Another section is of the opinion that the project needs to be cleared by the Bar Council of India, which regulates the legal profession and legal education in the country," he said. "We are examining these issues and will seeking the council's opinion on the matter soon," he added. A law department official said, "All the university statutory authorities, including the board of studies, law faculty, academic and management councils, have passed resolutions clearing the NLS project. The management council also cleared a proposal relating to appointment of staff and admission of students and the same was forwarded to the state governor and chancellor's office long ago."
Courtesy: Times of India
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