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HISTORY

Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Punjab, was established by the State Legislature of Punjab by passing the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab Act, 2006 (Punjab Act No. 12 of 2006). The Act incorporated a University of Law of national stature in Punjab, thereby fulfilling the need for a Centre of Excellence in legal education in the modern era of globalization and liberalization. RGNUL started functioning from its Headquarters-Mohindra Kothi, The Mall, Patiala w.e.f. 26 May 2006. The University acquired approval of the Bar Council of India (BCI) in July 2006. The University also got registered with the University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi under Section 2(f) of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 and has been declared fit to obtain grant from the (UGC) under Section 12-B of the UGC Act, 1956.

Presently, RGNUL is functioning from a heritage building of the erstwhile Patiala State, that is, Mohindra Kothi, The Mall, Patiala located in the heart of Patiala city in a pollution free environment. Keeping in view the requirements of a National University of Law, necessary infrastructure has been developed in the form of classrooms, lectures halls, computer labs, library, reading hall, health centre, gymnasium and other sports facilities. There are separate buildings such as Administrative Block, Academic Block, Library, Hostels, Mess House, Canteen etc. to cater to the needs of a national institution.

RGNUL has a well equipped computerized Central Library with about 20,000 titles in addition to the specialized libraries of the Research Centres. There are two advanced Computer Labs with 60 computers and leased line internet connectivity. The University is fully residential with boys and girls staying in separate hostels. The whole RGNUL Campus is wi-fi enabled which is also extended to the respective hostels round the clock.

The main campus of the University is coming up at Village Sidhuwal, Bhadson Road, Patiala in an area of 50 Acres of land. A State-of-the-art campus has been designed. The fully residential and self-sufficient campus will have Administrative cum-Academic Block, separate spacious Library, Auditorium, Sports Complex, Boys and Girls Hostels, Guest House, Community Hall, Health Centre, residences and various other facilities.

The University has also set up Centre for Advanced Study in Criminal Law (CASCL);; Centre for Constituional Law Law and Advocacy (CCPLA); Centre for Advanced Study in International Humanitarian Law (CASH); School of Agricultural Law and Economics (SALE); RGNUL Institute for Competitive Examination (RICE); Bureau of Information for Study Abroad (BISA) and Directorate of Distance Education (DODE). The objective of these Centres is to undertake advanced study and research in the emerging areas of the respective fields, independently or in collaboration with professional institutions at the national or international levels; to bring about publications and produce study material in the respective fields of knowledge; organize seminars, workshops and conferences on contemporary and significant issues. School of Law of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi has also set up a Study Centre at RGNUL, Patiala under its Regional Centre at Khanna (Punjab). In the first instance, a Post Graduate Certificate Course in Cyber Laws (PGCCL) has started from January 2009 as the Distance Learning Programme of the IGNOU from the RGNUL Campus.

RGNUL is also a member of a number of professional organizations of national and international stature like the Asian Law Institute (ASLI), Singapore; Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA); Forum of South Asian Clinical Law Teachers (FSACLT), Goa; Indian Economic Association (IEA); Indian Institute of Comparative Law (IICL), Jaipur; Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), New Delhi; Indian Law Institute (ILI), New Delhi; Indian Political Science Association (IPSA); Indian Society of Criminology (ISC), Madras; Indian Society of International Law (ISIL), New Delhi; Institute of Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies (ICPS), New Delhi; International Association of Law Schools (IALS), and International Law Students Association (ILSA), United States of America

 
 

 

 
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