Dear incoming first years, the circus of joining a law school had already begun on 31st May, 2017 and we must tell you that there is nothing like experiencing law school, raw and fresh without any pre-conceived ideas. Lucky for you, we’re here to help with all the information and basics that you need to know about ILNU. To make your life at ILNU easier, here is the brief student handbook released by NILSAA to prepare you for your first few months at ILNU.
Disclaimer: This student handbook has been made by the Nirma University of Law Student Activity Association (NILSAA). It cannot be construed as an official statement by the University
Message for Incoming First Years from NILSAA:
Dear incoming first years, we totally understand that the first day at college can be quite intimidating once you take a look at the campus and the people that you’ll be spending the next five years of your life with. You will have an orientation session which might go on for three days where you are acquainted with all the rules and policies of the Institute. It is here that you’re introduced to the all-consuming semester system and the strict attendance requirement which have the potential to suck the happiness out of your life like a dementor. While academics can be all encompassing, the student association has a myriad of events and activities which would be organised throughout the year. We will totally take care of you here. You are an indispensable part of our family. On the whole though the Institute’s academic calendar is packed with a lot of activities throughout the year, the academics continue at their own pace and are not substantially affected by the activities organised by the committees. This is primarily because in ILNU, every activity is entirely student run. From picking and arranging a table to run for sponsorships and looking the finance, everything is managed by the student association. Such an environment fosters independence, responsibility and the ability to make decisions. Soon you all be a part of that. We would advise you to not be so lost in the College life that you forget to enjoy the college life. Believe me, it is these five years where you will develop some friends who will stay with you for the rest of your life (If, you are that lucky). There are lots of places in Ahmedabad to chill out and hang out with your friends (Sorry, without Alcohol coz Gujarat is a Dry state 😛 ). And please don’t sit in your room all day- Law school is all about making the right connections. Attend talks/conferences/events/panel discussions/etc. Don’t sit in your room netflixing all day, that’s for when you go home to your own bed. The student association is very team-driven, and we operate in a way that puts collective goals ahead of individual glory. In 10 years we have grown very quickly, and we continue to succeed because we are a nimble organization that has overcome numerous challenges in the past. Frankly, there are no secrets to our success; it is the result of preparation and hard work of our seniors and alumnus. In ILNU, your dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work. You will laugh, you will cry, you may face challenges but at the same time you will experience here very beautiful moments that will stay forever in my memory. To sum up, ours is a happy little space where you will be nurtured amongst various inspiring seniors. It’s a great place to study, learn and grow. Come soon, looking forward to meeting all of you!
Institute of Law, Nirma University
Institute of Law was set up under the aegis of Nirma University in the year 2007 with a vision to promote excellence in the field of legal education and to fulfil the ever increasing demand of quality legal professionals for a growing legal world. In a short span of time Institute of Law, Nirma University (ILNU) marked its distinct place in the legal education map of the country.
- Academic Development and Research Cell to develop, monitor and enhance all academic activities
- Outcome Based Education through outcome based – curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment
- Unique Grading System that enables systematic evaluation.
- Centre for Continuing Education to enhance the knowledge and skills of all needy stakeholders.
- Internal Quality Assurance Cell in all constituent institutes to constantly improve the quality of all our academic processes.
- Value Added Courses, Skill- Development Courses, Modular Courses, Enrichment Courses and Humanities Courses in addition to the regular curriculum innovative, dynamic curriculum, befitting the current needs of the profession.
- Enhancement of practical skills and experiential learning through specially designed clinical courses.
- Customized courses on professional training based on career choice of students.
- Foreign language courses of international importance.
- Interaction with renowned lawyers, judges, law teachers and scholars.
- Legal research centres to inculcate interdisciplinary research aptitude.
- Emphasis on academic orientation along with systematic internship training programmes with credit in each semester.
- Dedicated campus recruitment cell and facilitation for professional training and placement.
- Rich air-conditioned library and learning resource centre with all advanced online legal databases.
How to reach Nirma University
Nearest Airport: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (14 KM)
Nearest Railway Station: Ahmedabad (Kalupur) Railway Station (15 KM)
Nearest Bus Depot: Ahmedabad Bus Station (20 KM)
From Airport/Bus Station/Railway Station, you can reach the University via Cabs, Taxis, Autos etc.
Nearest Police Station: Sola Police Station, Opposite Bhagvat Vidhyapith, S.G.Highway
Nearest Public Hospital: Sola Civil Hospital, S.G. Highway
Nearest Court: Gujarat High Court (Within the radius of 8 km)
Nearest Mall: Acropolis, Thaltej
Nearest Hotels: Aloft Ahmedabad SG Road, Tulip Inn, Ahmedabad, OYO Rooms Sola Bridge SG Highway
Nearest Bank and ATM: Kalupur Commercial Co-operative Bank and ATM is located in the campus itself
The Institute is situated in Nirma University campus, about 15 kms from Ahmedabad city, on the Sarkhej-Gandhinagar Highway. The overall atmosphere is distinguished by serenity, which is conducive for intellectual pursuits. The campus is Wi-Fi enabled The academic block, named ‘L’ Block, is a three-storied building, having various rooms comprising the lecture hall, seminar halls, smart class, moot court hall, research centres, library, reading hall etc. All the classrooms are fully air-conditioned having podiums and projectors to facilitate e-learning facilities. The Nirma University has a fully air-conditioned Auditorium in “M” Block having seating capacity of more than five hundred, intended for special guest lectures, seminars, conferences, cultural and related activities.
Regular Lectures: 9:15 A.M. – 3.15 P.M. with Saturday and Sunday off. Though the classes end at 3:15 P.M., the faculty rooms and faculty lounge are opened till 5.30 P.M to facilitate student –teacher discussion and extra classes. The classes are fully Air-conditioned as to facilitate the learning process.
8:30 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. from Monday-Friday
8:30 A.M. to 4 P.M – Saturdays
The library is the “heart” of any academic institution and plays an important role in all academic activities and more so in law institutions. Keeping in view the aims and objectives of the Law School, the library in the Institute has been planned and is being developed by a team of qualified professional library staff and guided by the Library Council.
It has a collection of over 11114 volumes covering a wide range of general and special subjects consisting of text books, reference books, back volumes of journals and reports etc., apart from legal periodicals. Library is subscribing 100 print national and international journals. It is also subscribing online database like Westlaw India, Manupatra, Hein Online, Lexix Nexis Academic, ORIL – Oxford Reports on International Law Press-display –Newspapers-Direct, Kluwer on Arbitration, SCC Online, CLA Online etc. and have good collection of CD-ROM Database. Library has variety of offline databases like AIR-High Court, AIR-Supreme Court, Criminal Law Journal, Patent & Trade Mark Cases, Supreme Court Cases Online and Gujarat Law Reports. The library resource centre at Institute of Law is fully automated with user friendly library software KOHA Open Source Software. The package facilitates issue -return of books, a web-based catalogue to access the books (OPAC) and reservation of books. The web-based inquiry module of software has been installed so the resource collection can be viewed from outside the campus.
Hostels and Bus Facilities
There are a lot of hostels in the vicinity of the University in addition to Paying Guests facilities. The list of the hostels in the vicinity of the University can be obtained from the respective admissions office of the institute. The University does not endorse any hostel in particular, the list is provided to help the parents and students find nearby accommodation options available. Some major hostels are Hiramani Hostels (Boys) located opposite Nirma University, NICM Hostel located in Gandhinagar from where
proper bus facility is available for travelling to college, Gattu hostel etc. The University owns a fleet of buses that ply in almost all the areas in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar which makes it easier to reach the campus from all the parts of Ahmedabad.
Special Facility/Provisions for women
The University has constituted Women Development Cell to address gender related issues and to provide gender friendly environment to all women who are a part of the University. The University also has a complaint committee for prevention of sexual harassment that deals with the cases of discrimination and sexual harassment. In pursuance of the directions issued by the UGC and MHRD, the Nirma University has set up the Women Development Cell (WDC) and prescribed following norms to sensitize the community with regard to gender related issues and create a gender friendly environment.
Zero Tolerance toward Ragging
Ragging is strictly prohibited inside and outside the University campus. The Anti-Ragging Committee constituted for this purpose by the Institute is empowered to take an immediate action against any untoward incident and also to counsel the fresher. Students seeking admission shall have to furnish undertaking in this regard. To enhance familiarity and to acclimatize the fresher to the academic and social environment of the campus, the institute organizes an orientation session in the first week of the new academic calendar.
Subject to few regulations and conditions laid down by the University, the Institute offers scholarship in two different categories –
Category I: Based on merit only.
Top 2 Students in the Admission Merit List: 100% of the Fee
Next 3 Students in the Admission Merit List: 75% of the Fee
Next 5 Students in the Admission Merit List: 50% of the Fee
Category – II: MERIT-CUM-MEANS SCHOLARSHIP
- 5 students whose parents’ total Income is Rs. 2.5 lacs or less (students merit is within first 50 of the students admitted): 100% of the Fee
- Another Five (5) Students whose parents’ total Income is Rs. 4 lacs or less (Students merit is within first 50 of the students admitted): 90%of the Fee
- Another Five (5) Students whose parents’ total Income is Rs.6 lacs or less: 75% of the Fee
Apart from this, The Institute is providing 100% Scholarship with Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education (IDIA) to underprivileged students (upto 2 students) for Legal Education.
Research Centres and International Collaboration
In order to enhance research skills and promote research activity, the Institute has established research centres in different areas namely Centre for Law & Governance, Centre for Criminal Law & Justice, Centre for ADR, Centre for Corporate Law Studies, Centre for International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law (IHL&HRL), Centre for Social Justice, Centre for IPR and Centre for Environmental Law. Students are divided under these centres depending upon their interests and they carry out research project on different issues relating to the subject area. The Institute has MoU with different Foreign Universities like HoF University, Germany, Peking University, China, and The University of Pennsylvania, USA with respect to student and faculty exchange programs.
Seminars, National and International Conferences, Conclaves etc.
The Institute had been host to various dignitaries ranging from Judges from Supreme Court and Different High Courts, Law Officers, Senior Counsels from SC and HC, Academicians, Partners from Major Law Firms and Companies, MPs from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, etc in various seminars and conferences organized by the Institute.
Sports and Recreational Facilities
The University has excellent sports facilities comprising synthetic grounds for basketball, volley ball and tennis, large fields for football and cricket, volleyball courts, lawn tennis courts, table tennis room in addition to well-equipped modern gymnasium.
Health and Fitness facilities
Health and fitness is an important part of living a balanced life. The University has therefore made provisions of a well maintained Gym and able Gym Instructor. All sophisticated equipment needed for the purpose has been provided by the University in the Gym.
Convenience Store/Printing facilities
A convenience store is also operational in the University Campus offering varieties of stationery materials and other utility items. The print and photocopy shop is available on the first floor of “K” Block. The photocopy facility is also available in the ILNU library itself.
Canteens and Food Facilities
In our nation, good food is what drives us from mere sustenance to thriving. Food services are made available in the various canteens of the University on a self-service basis. There are canteens in various blocks giving you plenty of options and varieties to choose your food. The “K” Block Canteen is open from 8:30 am in the morning till 6:30 pm in the evening. It serves fresh juices, shakes, soft drinks, snacks as well as regular meals. Another dining hall for the students is located in the Student Activity Centre (SAC). This dining hall has four services including Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks, and Dinner for all students in the campus on daily payment basis. Only vegetarian meals are served. A state-of-the-art kitchen with the best equipment ensures that a wide array of cuisines can be prepared well. The food is served under hygienic conditions.
Moot Court and Debate Competition for Freshers
For a comprehensive understanding of law, it is important to master the concept along with its actual practice and manner. The Institute provides the opportunity to moot and debate from the very first year itself. In furtherance of this objective, the Moot Court Committee of the Institute organizes Learner’s Moot Court Competition whereby the first year’s students are also given chance to participate in the Intra Moot Court and then represent the Institute in the National Moot Court Competitions. The Committee forms a panel exclusively for first year’s students. The Institute has a policy of Academic leave and Full Funding also for those who are representing the Institute in such competitions. The Institute has a Moot Court Hall which is an exact replica of the Actual Gujarat High Court. In addition to this, the Debate Society in the college organizes Learner’s Debate Competition to form a panel of exclusively of First Year Students, thus, giving students the opportunities to debate on contemporary issues. The students of the panel go on further to participate in the National Debate Competitions and represent the Institute or forming a cross team as well.
We aim at developing the students in a holistic manner. This development requires exposure outside the classroom, which is provided through the recognition of the importance of internship experiences, which consequently shape the careers of its students as well. It is generally advisable to intern in a Ngo or a district Court during the first year and then eventually students gets several opportunities to intern at different law firms, PSUs, High Courts and Supreme Courts etc. Some of the places where you can go for your internships during your first year are:
- PUCL, New Delhi and Jaipur
- Make A Difference, Delhi
- MARG Multiple Action
- Navjyoti India Foundation, Gurgaon
- Human Rights Law Network
- Action Aid NGO
- Amnesty International, Bangalore
- HOPE Foundation, Kolkata
- Yuva Unstoppable, Ahemedabad
- Self Employed Women’s Agency (SEWA), Ahmedabad
- Janvikas, Ahemdabad
- CRY – Child Rights and You-Delhi
- Majlis Legal Centre-Mumbai
- Centre for Social Justice-Bhopal
- Navjyoti Organisation, New Delhi
- Consumers India, New Delhi
- Sehgal Foundation
Institute of Law encourages students’ initiatives in organizing and conducting various activities. NILSAA (NIRMA INSTITUTE OF LAW STUDENTS’ ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATION) is one of the unique features of the Institute. The activities carried out by the association are in academic, social, cultural and sports area. Students take the responsibility to plan, organize, conduct, and review the events, thus developing their leadership and teamwork skills.
In addition, in furtherance to the mission of the Institute to emphasize all round development of the students, extra-curricular activities are organized all-round the year for the students to develop and show case their talents.
The NILSAA of the Institute undertakes a large number of activities. Events like Annual Sports Competitions, Cultural Festivals, Ras Garba, Independence Day and Republic Day Celebration are a regular feature of the events organized at the Campus. Institute Level and Inter Institute competitions of Volleyball, Football, Cricket, Table Tennis, Carrom, Chess, Tug of War are also organized. Along with academic activities like Parliamentary Debating Competition, Moot Court Competition, Movie Making, other various social activities activities like Blood Donation Camps, Celebration of Special Days like Flag Day, Environment Day, Women’s Day, GK Quiz are also organized.
Must Visit Places in Ahmedabad
There are some must visit places in Ahmedabad which you should not definitely miss:
- Sarkhej Roza – Called “Ahmedabad’s Acropolis”, this shrine is a memory of Ahmedabad’s Sufi history.
- Sabarmati Ashram – Detailed almost year-by-year account of Mahatma Gandhi’s life along with very good insight into some of his main ideologies.
- Auto World Vintage Car Museum – Located along the Sardar Patel Ring Road, this is a very good collection of nice old vintage cars. Worth 1-2 hours of your time.
- Lothal – Famous Indus Valley Civilization site
. Places to chill out
- Cafe Alfresco NAVRANGPURA, AHMEDABAD
- Busker’s Corner, THALTEJ, AHMEDABAD
- Turquoise Villa, VASTRAPUR, AHMEDABAD
- The Kettlery, BODAKDEV, AHMEDABAD
- Zero Gravity Cafe & Restaurant, NAVRANGPURA, AHMEDABAD
- Mocha, BODAKDEV, AHMEDABAD
- Cafe Soul Square, BODAKDEV, AHMEDABAD
- Cafe Where We Meet, GURUKUL, AHMEDABAD
- Levels Cafe, BODAKDEV, AHMEDABAD
For more information
Official University Website: http://www.nirmauni.ac.in/ILNU
Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/NirmaUniLaw/
Official Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/ILNUOfficial
Prafull Bhardwaj : https://www.facebook.com/prafullbh
Vatsalya Vishal: https://www.facebook.com/vatsalya.vishal
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