Maharashtra National Law University Aurangabad was established in the year 2017 by the government of Maharashtra under Maharashtra National Law University Act, 2014 (MNLU Act 2014) following Maharashtra national university Mumbai and Maharashtra national law university Nagpur. It is the third and final national law university to be established under this act and 21st National Law University of India. The Chancellor of the university is Justice R. Bhanumati, Judge of Supreme Court of India and vice-chancellor is Dr K. V. S. Sarma. The University is recognized by the University Grant omission (UGC) and by the Bar Council of India (BCI). MNLUA offers only one undergraduate course of BA- LLB (Hons) as of now.
Maharashtra National Law University Aurangabad is located in Aurangabad. The hostel campus of the University is situated in Kanchanwadi, Aurangabad and the college campus is located in Aurangabad Rd, Padampani Colony, Padampura, Aurangabad. But now the college campus will also be shifted in Kanchanwadi, Aurangabad.
Campus: The University initially started on the campus of Govt. B.Ed college campus, Padampura, station road, Aurangabad. The teaching-learning process is facilitated in classrooms, a seminar hall and a library. The college campus is wi-fi enabled. University also has a Legal aid Clinic to help needy people. It has a Moot court hall also. Further, the Govt. Of Maharashtra has allotted 50 acres of land for the development of the new campus and the campus will be shifted now in 2020. Currently, bus service has been arranged for students from Kanchanwadi premises to B.Ed. College Campus.
Library: The library is well-stocked and also have computers. It has above 8000 books covering almost all laws and others. It regularly subscribes to 6-7 daily newspapers in Hindi and English and magazines too. The library has comfortable Reading Rooms with a seating capacity of 50. The library remains open from 10:00 a.m to 05:00 p.m on all working days. It remains closed on Sundays and other gazetted holidays. The hostel campus also has a separate library for the convenience of the students for reading and studying purposes.
Hostel: The University provided decent hostel facilities for the students at Kanchanwadi covered premises. The hostel has boundaries at all sides, and strict security is there. The hostel has been spread in 50 acres of land where different blocks are made for different batches. A lot of places is left open. It has a Table Tenis room, TV room, Badminton court, Volleyball court, cricket ground and others. Bus service has been arranged for students from Kanchanwadi premises to B.Ed. College Campus.
Academics and Faculties
The University made a modest beginning by offering B.A.LL.B. (Hons.) course for the academic year 2017-2018. Now the University only provides undergraduate five-year law program. B.A.LL.B. (Hons.) Five-Year Integrated Degree Course Academic Curriculum of the University is inspired by the University Grants Commission (UGC) Curriculum Development Committee Report (CDCR) wherein the recommendations of the CDC report and the Bar Council of India (BCI) guidelines have been considered as the basic parameters to bring it in consonance with trends of globalization, pluralism and social integration. The University follows the semester system with six working days in a week, a minimum of 90 working days in a semester; and 180 days in an academic year in addition to examinations. The University introduced the Choice- Based Credit Based System (CBCS) for an undergraduate degree course. The students are required to earn a total of 200 credit points spread out through the course of five years; however, the students shall be allowed to earn more credits from the courses offered by the external experts from time to time. Further, the course structure is designed to impart 42 (forty-two) compulsory papers, 02 (two) clinical papers and 06 (six) optional papers. A wide range of optional papers would also be offered to the students.
For the Academic year 2019-20
For Maharashtra students- 2,13,490 (Tuition fee- 95290)
Other than Maharashtra- 2,45,250 (Tuition fee- 1,27,050)
University increases tuition fees by 10% every year.
MNLUA doesn’t have any cafeteria because it is underdeveloped.
Student Culture and activities
There is a balance between flexibility, discretion and rigidity, so the student-faculty relations are quite good. But some students tend to take the faculty for granted. Things are MNLUA has it’s Cultural and Debate committee for organizing any event. On every festival, the committee organizes some activities for the fun of the students. The interesting fact is that students don’t feel homesickness on any celebration. We celebrate every festival with great enthusiasm and excitement. Whether it is Diwali or Eid, students celebrate it with the same emotion.
The University was opened in 2017 and had 3 batches only. So nobody got placement up till now.
MNLU is a new college, and no doubt would be a good one. From the words of honourable VC, the administration seems quite supportive. Students would get a chance to establish the college and make their path. Moreover, it has an advantage of its geographic region- Mumbai. The best thing about MNLU Aurangabad is that it has a supportive faculty and faculty members are always there to help the students. The location of the hostel, i.e. Kanchanwadi is a beautiful place.
Submitted By: Shraddha Jindal