Karnataka State Law University

The Karnataka State Law University (KSLU) was established in January, 2009, by the Government of Karnataka under the Karnataka State Law University Act, 2009, with its headquarters at Navanagar, Hubli. It is a ‘People’s University’ with an aspiration to provide quality legal education totally socially relevant and accessible to everyone. The KSLU, located in the State of Karnataka, is the single largest federal university in the country having 92 colleges under its umbrella.

KSLU is plausibly the first institution, imparting higher education, to have an Assembly every morning, lead by the Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor on the main campus and by the respective Principals in the affiliated colleges; Assembly begins with the National Anthem and is followed by a “Thought- for- the day” and a question signifying National and International matters, which is answered in the Assembly the following day.

The staff and students of KSLU, including the affiliated law colleges, don Khadi attire every Monday, creating a sense of belonging, integration and nationality. On the main campus, the staff and students wear Khadi dresses in a combination of blue and white, the blue colour signifying tolerance and white, purity.

The main intent underlying this initiative of singing the National Anthem everyday and wearing Khadi every Monday is to inculcate patriotism among law students, and the University is proud that the movement has gained a momentum within a span of three months after it was initiated in the month ofAugust, 2009.

The KSLU campus is coming up on a sprawling 55 acres of beautiful landscape at Navanagar in Hubli. The Master plan has been drawn up and the architectural design for the buildings is in progress. The University is functioning from the only building belonging to PWD known as PWD Circuit House, Navanagar, Hubli on lease basis for a period of 30 years acquired at the commencement of the University in the year 2009. A new Examination Section is constructed on the First Floor of the building as an extension. A small annex of four small rooms is also built in the vicinity of the building housing small offices such as NSS, CDC, Sports, etc. A new road is also laid around the Main Building.

The buildings, to be constructed, include the Administrative Block, Law School, Institute for Legal Training, Consultancy and Services (ILTCS), Library, Auditorium, Boys Hostel, Girls Hostel, Guest House, Quarters, Common Catering Facility, Club, Indoor Stadium, Outdoor Stadium, Support Structure, et al.

KSLU is actively participating in the national level efforts to transform legal education of the country to meet national and global challenges. Its vision of transforming Karnataka into a legally conscious society by providing quality legal education which is professionally competent and socially relevant can be rapidly achieved by adopting the contemporary information communication technology (ICT).

In this direction KSLU has taken some bold steps of networking all the 92 Law Colleges coming under its jurisdiction by acquiring 1 GBPS bandwidth internet connectivity under NME-ICT project of the Government of India. It is establishing KSLU-Cloud for secured law knowledge sharing and administration of legal education institutions in the State of Karnataka. It has laid down timeline for ICT enablement and has the ambition of coming full circle by January 2012. KSLU looks forward for committed support from the Central Government, State Government, UGC, National Knowledge Commission, Karnataka State Knowledge Commission, the Bar Council of India, Managements, Faculty and Students of Law Colleges in the State.

At present KSLU offers the 3 years LL.B. course, 5 years B.A., LL.B., B.B.A., LL.B. and B.B.A., LL.B., (Hon’s) Double Degree integrated courses and LL.M. in Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property Rights, Business and Trade Law, Criminal Law and International Law. The P.G. Diploma in Human Rights, Cyber and IT Laws and Intellectual Property Rights also been launched. The Certificate Courses will be launched by the University shortly. All these courses can be offered by any of the affiliated law college having required facilities. In addition, the Ph. D. and LL. D. courses are also offered on the main campus.

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