First law university will soon be set up in Jammu and Kashmir

A law university will soon be set up in Jammu and Kashmir on the lines of the Bangalore-based National Law School of India University (NLSU). According to an official, the process to establish it will begin this year itself.

A bill was passed by the state legislature, on Monday, to establish a national law university in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, a senior Law Department officer said today.

He said the proposed university, a first for the state, would boost the quality of legal education.

The process to establish it would be started this year to improve the quality of professional legal education in the state, the officer said. State Law and Justice Minister Abdul Haq Khan said that in an All India Law Ministers’ conference in 1995, it was resolved to set up in each state a law school on the lines of the NLSU, Bangalore, for improving quality professional legal education.

The department of law, justice and parliamentary affairs examined the proposal to establish a national law university in the state, Khan said. The minister added that various states have already enacted a law to establish national law universities.

Several members including Devender Singh Rana, Pawan Kumar Gupta, Ali Mohammad Sagar, Mian Altaf Ahmad, Nawang Rigzin Jora, and Aijaz Ahmad Khan suggested referring the Bill to a select committee for further debate and discussion while others like R S Pathania and Shah Mohammad Tantray supported the legislation. The Bill was later also passed by the Upper House also.


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