Times of India | 3 months ago | 11-02-2023 | 08:21 am
NAGPUR: From just 60 students in August 2016 to over 900 students, the Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU) in the city has come a long way in its six and a half years of the journey. Starting its operations from the Judicial Officers’ Training Academy (JOTI) at Civil Lines, the premier institution has moved to its full-fledged campus at Waranga off Wardha Road spread over 60 acres in 2021.On Saturday, it would be hosting its first ever convocation which would be attended by Chief Justice of India Dhananjay Chandrachud. A major part of the law university’s development came when former CJI Sharad Bobde was made its first chancellor. After Bobde’s retirement, Supreme Court judge Bhushan Gavai was appointed and the pace of development continued. Both ex-CJI Bobde and Gavai would attend the ceremony which would be held at MNLU’s new campus from 11.55am, said officials.Set up by the Maharashtra government under the 2014 Act, the MNLU would be holding two convocations simultaneously of the 2016 and 2017 batches. Due to Covid pandemic, it could not hold the ceremony for both these batches. The institution would confer 220 degrees, including graduate, postgraduate and PhD degrees on Saturday and also bestow 28 gold medals to meritorious students from all courses. “We are on the verge of completion of our first phase. We have completed two academic blocks and hostels for boys and girls. We would inaugurate the new buildings of the first phase in the next three to four months as per the chancellor’s directives,” vice chancellor Vijender Kumar told TOI.MNLU is preparing drawings for its second phase of expansion which would have an additional number of hostels for both boys and girls to accommodate them. It also plans to start a BScLLB course in the third phase of expansion. “We are preparing architectural designs of the new buildings. We will submit them to the government in the next five to six months for approval. We will have an additional administrative block and a part of the library in this phase along with dining halls for students. Currently, around 700 students are staying in the hostels while 180 have been accommodated in the Moraj township in Mihan,” the VC said.