Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU) is on its way to become a premier institute for law in India and put Vizag a global map of legal education. The university recently become a member of Common Law Admission test (CLAT) core committee which consists of law university like NALSAR, Hyderabad.
DSNLU started off with its first batch in 2009 with 44 students and now its present batch has 141 students from 18 states. Faculty strength also increased from a mere eight to 25. DSNLU`s first batch of BA LLB students recently graduated which saw eight students getting place with Legal Process Outsourcing companies with an average package of Rs. 4.5 laksh per annum. One of the student from a later batch got pre-placement offer of Rs.13 lakh.
University authorities say that the average package will rise in future as many plans have been made to develop the university`s academic curriculum, infrastructure, faculty strength and brand image, From Continuing Legal Education centre for senior judges and advocates to interdisciplinary courses in legal studies and as a renowned legal counseling centre, DSNLU aims to evolve.
DSNLU, vice-chancellor Prof. RGB Bhagavath Kumar who took the charge in 2011 says, “While the state funds were as low as Rs.55 laks in the beginning, after I took charge we pursued with the government and got Rs. 10 crores as block grant in 2011-12 and 2013-14. Infrastructure has also been developed. We entered into MoUs with well known national law universities of India and best student of a batch gets to study one semester at these universities. Senior judge and CJIs visits the university for taking guest lectures, National moot courts have been our forte and our kids have won accolades nationally defeating some of the country`s well known universities.
However, the university is unable to spread its wings completely and is waiting to shift to its sprawling 65 acres campus in Sabbavaram of which hostel and administrative buildings over 15 acres hae been under construction for over more than a year. Once the shifting is done, the university plans to start post-graduation, PhD, diploma and certificate courses.
Source: Deccan Chronicle