LAW SCHOOL REVIEW: Hidayatullah National Law University

· Brief Introduction:

HNLU is a Residential University and is sixth in the series of National Law Schools in India. HNLU has been included in the list of the Universities maintained by the University Grants Commission under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act, 1956 and has been declared fit to receive Central assistance in terms of the rules framed under Section 12 (B) of the UGC Act, 1956. The university is recognized by the Bar Council of India under section 7 of the Advocates Act. Hon'ble Mr. Justice Arun Mishra, Judge, Supreme Court of India is the Visitor, Hon'ble Mr. P. R. Ramachandra Menon, Chief Justice, High Court of Chhattisgarh is the Chancellor and Prof. (Dr.) V.C. Vivekanandan is the Vice-Chancellor of the University.

· Location:

Naya Raipur, Atal Nagar, District – Raipur 492002, Chhattisgarh, India

· Official Website:

· Infrastructure:

A. Campus - It built over 65 acres of land located beside a lake and in a serene and pollution free environment. The circular academic and administrative building has been built on the design of the Parliament of India. The academic block also houses the Moot Court Halls designed to match the standards of the Supreme Court of India and the High Courts.

B. Library - The academic block consists of a three-storied library with an air conditioned reading hall and an air-conditioned computer lab equipped with 200 computers. The library collection includes 22,788 titles: 15,040 books and 7,748 bound journals.

C. Hostel - HNLU provides separate hostels for girls and boys. Each hostel has two blocks which are connected to the mess. There are over 400 single occupancy rooms and under construction 216 double occupancy rooms. The hostels are equipped with separate mess and gymnasium  facilities with a resident doctor.

· Academics and Faculties:

Faculty members of the college are well-qualified and hold decades of experience in their respective field of subject, and they use the conventional teaching method to teach. The course curriculum contains all the necessary subjects, and students undergo internships as well to understand the practical applicability of their theoretical knowledge.

· Administration and fees structure:

Head of the administration of the university are:

· VisitorArun Kumar Mishra, Judge, Supreme Court of India.

· Chancellor: Honourable Mr. Justice P. R. Ramachandra Menon, Chief Justice of the High Court of Chhattisgarh.

· Vice Chancellor: Dr.V.C. Vivekanandan

· Registrar : Dr. Ayan Hazra

Fee structure – For Indian Nationals : Rs. 5000 + Rs. 1,70,000

                        For NRI/NRI sponsored : $1000 + Rs. 1,70,000

· Cafeteria:

HNLU has one cafeteria, easily accessible and almost equidistant from both the girls and boys hostel. Predominantly four different cuisines are available, having both veg and non-vsg foot items.

· Student Culture and Activities:

- Justice Hidayatullah Memorial National Moot Court Competition

- Colossus

- Literary and Debating

- Intra-University Sporting Events

· Placement:

There has been tremendous growth in placements for college students since 2015. For instance, there were not enough opportunities for the college students and about 40-50 students used to get the placement offers which was about less than half of the total no. Of students in a batch. But now more than 80-90 students in a year get the placements opportunities and it consists of about more than half of the population of a batch and are getting placements from the top law firms like Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, Khaitan & Co., Luthra & Luthra, Bharucha Partners, etc.

· Best Thing:

The infrastructure of the college is quite breathtaking. There are several buildings in the campus, and all of them are centered around the main academic block which is built like the Parliament of India. There's a lake attached to the campus, which is a huge plus.

· Worst Thing:

The fact that there are not many places of entertainment nearby.

· Any Other:

There are several observations that I have made. It is perhaps most prudent at this point, to emphasize that it is not possible for any two students to have the same experience at university.


Arush Mittal

Hidayatullah National Law University

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