Prof. Nishtha Jaswal has been appointed as the first woman Vice-Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh National Law University (HPNLU), Shimla. Chief Justice of HP High Court and Chancellor of HP National Law University appointed Dr. Nishtha Jaswal as the VC for a tenure of five years.
In a first of its kind, Dr. Nishtha Jaswal and Prof. Paramjit S Jaswal, VC RGNUL, become the first couple to be Vice-Chancellors of two NLUs at the same time. A gold-medalist and academician, Dr. Nishtha Jaswal has a teaching experience of 32 years and research experience of 34 years. She specializes in Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Human Rights and Environmental Law. She has over 65 research papers and six books to her credit. Her book titled ‘Environmental Law’ has been cited thrice by the Supreme Court of India in the landmark judgment reported as In Re: Noise Pollution (V), 2005 5SCC 733.
Prof. Nishtha Jaswal has been designated as Mehr Chand Mahajan Professor of Law by Panjab University, Chandigarh. She has served Panjab University, Chandigarh in various capacities. She remained the Chairperson, Department of Laws, Panjab University, Chandigarh. Dr. Jaswal has a wide range of administrative experience. She has served as a member of Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights; Punjab Legal Service, Authority U.T. Chandigarh; Advisory Committee of Institute of Correctional Administration, Chandigarh; State Level Authorization Committee of Punjab under the Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1994 and Advisory Committee, Nari Niketan, Chandigarh. She is also a member of Board of Studies and Academic Council CUP Bathinda, RGNUL Punjab, UILS PU Chandigarh, IMS University Dehradun, HPU Shimla and KU Kurukshetra.
Dr. Nishtha Jaswal was also awarded British Academy Visiting Professorship in 1992.