How About a ‘Student Exchange’ MoU for all NLUs?

By Tanuj Kalia

A blog post by a DSNLU student mentioned that students at DSNLU can, for a semester, study in other colleges like NLSIU, NUJS and RGNUL.

Would a ‘student exchange’ MoU between all NLUs be feasible and good?

A challenge: The syllabus and the subjects taught at various NLUs in different semesters is not the same and that might post some challenge, though not an insurmountable one.

One would just need to ensure that such an ‘exchange’ student completes all the ‘compulsory’ subjects as laid down in the BCI guidelines (though that’s another debate for some other day).

And I think a lot of good could come out of such an initiative:

1. Inter-NLU rivalry will come down.

2. You’ll travel to a new place, and travelling is such a fabulous exercise.

3. You’ll make new friends, which again is fantastic!

4. You’ll be exposed to new teachers, different styles of teaching, a different pedagogic environment etc.

5. Five years at one place can get to your nerves. This should act as a nice, refreshing, useful break from the humdrum.

6. If the student is proactive, the good of one NLU can be incorporated in the other NLU.

All in all, should be very exciting, right?

What other challenges could such an MoU face? What could be the other good things about this?

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  1. Akshay274 says:

    This is a brilliant idea. College politics due to student rivalry within one NLU itself occurs due to sustained unhealthy competition among same students. Such student exchange will break this unhealthy competition and give rise to healthy student interactions!

  2. NLSIU STUDENT says:

    Why would i even give a thought to go to a place like DSNLU or even for that matter NUJS or NALSAR when my college has MoUs with UPenn, SMU and NUS ?

    • administrator says:

      Because note ALL the students will get to UPenn, SMU and NUS.

      Also, if you want to see more of India and Indian legal education, and don’t see it as inferior to the firang names, here’s a chance!

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s a great idea. But let’s exclude the top two NLUs. The rest of us are just too lowly for them.
      Arrogance breeds in places most (un)expected. 😛

  3. Are we restricting ourselves only to the “NLU” clique?

    What about other top law schools like ILS, GLC and SLS?

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’m from Nalsar and I find this offensive.

    • I am from NLSIU.. and this ain't offensive! says:

      There is nothing worth taking offence over there. For the matter of fact, even your being from NALSAR does not make it offensive.
      P.S.: No Offence 😛

  5. Inter- NLU exchange though, has a downside to it, and being at the epicenter of this experiment, everyone at DSNLU would agree that though our students are eager to go and venture into other NLUs, DSNLU being at a rather nascent stage, is not considered by the students of such NLUs for the same purpose. In the bigger picture thus, it is clear that NLUs having higher favoritism will attract students from the lower NLUs, but the converse would not be true.

  6. Why the hell would anyone from the top rung college want to spend a semester at a lower rung college?

    • administrator says:

      Lots of things: new city, new friends, to break the monotony. And Hey! It’s just a Semester.

  7. @Admin – Why restrict it to NLUs then there are some pretty good private colleges as well JGLS (Good Faculty from hearsay), Symbiosis (Party!!!!), KIIT (Dont know much), UPES (Dehradun man, what more a man needs!) etc?

  8. not a bad idea

  9. Saswata says:

    I have been on Student Exchange Program at WBNUJS and it was a wonderful journey, I enjoyed to the fullest 🙂

    • It was in which year of your course and for how long . must have got the passing degree from your original college ,am i right. THANKS

      • Saswata's alter-ego says:

        He went in the 3rd year of his course, and needless to say, stood in the top 3! 😀

        Here’s the policy of DSNLU:
        The certificate of graduation and everything is provided by DSNLU. Only the marksheet for the exchange semester will be provided by the receiving NLU. In case of a difference of subjects, you are required to give exams for the missed-out subjects in the next semester when you come back to DSNLU and are exempted from giving the test for the subjects studied in the receiving NLU.

        Fair and simple enough.

  10. Ashwajeet says:

    Jindal Global Law School has started this exchange initiative good three years ago. With exchanges taking place in the U.S, Europe and Brazil, National Law Universities must take inspiration from JGLS !

    • administrator says:

      Ashwajeet, foreign exchange programs are pretty much a regular feature (though, of course, JGLS is the most proactive in this).

      The idea mooted here is of a inter-NLU student exchange.’

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