The Gujarat National Law University has allocated a whooping Rs 2.15 crore in its annual budget to give a significant boost to its vibrant international exchange program and the co-curricular activities of its students. The university in order to attract bright meritorious students and to recognize and consolidate research culture among students has allocated such a large amount in its 2014-15 annual budget. The budgetary money will be divided between 20 such programs.
Fifty scholarships are announced for CLAT 2014 toppers joining GNLU with 100% and 50 % tuition fee waivers for the first 20 and 21-40 rank holders in UG and the first 5 and 6-10 rank holders in PG category will get 100% and 50% tuition fee waivers.
In line with top research houses and international management and law schools, GNLU has also instituted a unique Legal Incubation Center to promote legal entrepreneurship among its students with an initial investment of Rs 10 lakhs.
GNLU as a research based university has a well-established Deanery of Research and has set up a unique Student Research Development Council to create and promote research culture amongst the students. The research council undertakes research in collaboration with counterparts from other Indian and foreign universities and institutions. Two students from each batch from both undergraduate and postgraduate will be selected and designated as Student Research Associates (SRA) to provide research, organizational and other assistance to faculty members and the University as a whole.
The University has allocated about Rs 37 lakhs for mooting, Rs 10 lakhs for debating and Rs 20 lakhs for student participation in quizzes and debates. GNLU conducts the prestigious GNLU International Moot Court Competition, India’s only WTO moot and the ‘GNLU Debate’ both well renowned international level competitions.
GNLU has Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with many foreign & national universities and United Nations Organizations and to promote international exchange of students and also to fund GNLU students who intern at intergovernmental organizations such as the United Nations, International Court of Justice, International Law Commission, Specialized Agencies, Rs 55 lakh has been allocated.
GNLU has also allocated substantial funds to its Legal Services Clinic, Civil and Judicial Services Training Program and its Student Welfare Office.
The university in pursuance of its mid-term goals to strive for an all-round and inter-disciplinary academic excellence among its students and to attract bright and meritorious from both India and abroad has instituted these many scholarships and funds. GNLU attempts to provide as many scholarships in the future as possible.
Dr William Nunes, Senior Faculty and the Director of the GNLU Centre for Foreign Policy and Security Studies said “It is extremely good that GNLU has allocated this large sum for the student community as it will greatly help boost their academic and non- academic activities. GNLU seeks to attract the best students to study at the university and the availability of such funding will help enhance the horizons of the students and give them rich exposure to the different activities happening at law school. GNLU actively promotes mooting and the laurels brought to the university by the students after winning prestigious competitions and the funding provided by the university are witnesses to that. GNLU has established itself as a top law school and there will be more such projects and funding in the near future to enhance its academic excellence”.