Law School Experience at HNLU, Raipur: First Virtual Six Months, Great Environment

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Full name of your college

Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur

State

Chhattisgarh 

City

Naya Rapiur

Website

https://hnlu.ac.in

Full Address

Opposite Jungle Safari, Sector 40, Uparwara, Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh – 492002.

Good things about the University based on your personal experience

In order to describe the good things about my college, I would first like to mention that my experience, or rather the first six months of my college, has been spent online.

Therefore, the interaction between the students and the faculty, in my opinion, hasn’t been organic.

Now that I have mentioned it, I would like to mention the bits and pieces that make my college extremely special and unique as compared to other law colleges.

HNLU is known for its vast library, and this is something that the students across various NLUs would agree upon. However, due to the constraints of the pandemic, I have not had this experience.

In order to ensure that the students do not suffer for the lack of books, we have an extensive online library, with subscriptions from important resources such as SCC, Manupatra, Jstor, EBC, LiveLaw, and many more.

As a law student, the importance of such a resource is learned by students within the first week itself. These resources are extremely helpful.

Also, one of my favourite things about the online college is the way the classes are conducted. The mode of conducting classes is via WebEx.

An easy to use application Also, recordings are provided after every class, with materials also given in pdf format. As a first-year student, this helps a lot.

The examination pattern in our university is based on SACE (Special Assignment of Critical Thinking Essays), which, as the name suggests, promotes critical thinking while giving the students a chance to understand the topic given at a deeper level.

This form of examination has helped me a lot because, in online classes, paying attention is extremely difficult.

The faculty is good, and the students are extremely friendly. Even the seniors.

Bad things about the University based on your personal experience

One of the few issues I have with my college is the lack of commitment. In the online college, the committees are almost inactive.

As a first-year student, I have not had the experience of joining committees such as moot, commercial law, etc. I wish we had the chance to enter such committees in order to introduce ourselves to these new subjects.

This in turn makes HNLU an extremely academic-focused institution. I hope all the committees start selecting students for their respective committees.

How’s the faculty?

The faculty at HNLU is a mix of excellent teachers and medical teachers.

I would like to think that in any educational institution, there are both good and bad teachers; teachers that are extremely friendly and teachers that are not so friendly.

In my personal opinion, the law teachers here are better than the teachers teaching the arts subjects.

Some teachers here do not make use of screen sharing while teaching, so paying attention becomes extremely important in these types of situations.

Also, all the teachers share study materials, which I find extremely helpful.

At university, I believe the onus of excelling in studies always lies with the student, more so in college.

College is extremely different from the school system, with no one single book being referred to while teaching.

So, it is the responsibility of the student to listen to the teacher and, to the best of their ability, understand.

Rate the faculty out of 5

4

How’s the infrastructure? Mention some of the things that exist.

I have not visited the college yet. This is solely a description of the facilities available at the college.
It is said that HNLU has a sprawling infrastructure spread over many acres.

One of the many attractions of the campus is the lake on the property, which contributes to its beauty. Also, there are shops located on the campus.

There is a saloon, an Amul shop, and a utility center. A cafeteria and canteen facilities are also available.

The sports facilities in HNLU include a gym, an indoor badminton court, a table tennis court, two basket ball courts, a cricket ground, and an indoor soccer field.

Both the gyms and the indoor badminton court are available near the halls of residence or hostels for both girls and boys.

The main Administrative-cum-Academic Building was inspired by the Indian Parliament and houses state-of-the-art infrastructure, including modern smart classrooms, an auditorium, moot court halls, a computer lab, and an English Language Lab.

The new academic block is an extension of the modern smart classroom.

All the classrooms are fully air-conditioned, with smart classes also available. There are 21 classrooms available.

Mooting is an essential part of law school journey. HNLU also recognizes this fact with marks given for this exercise.

To support the mooting culture, there are six moot courts available at the college. The college also boasts a computer lab and an English language lab.

The amphitheater can hold around 1,000 people and is used to organize various events.

HNLU’s library is divided into three floors. On the first floor, the vast collection of text books, reference books, and law reports covering a wide range of general and special subjects are present.

The second floor covers a multiple-square-footed large reading room, which provides for a luxurious and comfortable reading and net surfing experience.

The library embraces a full-time internet facility, which enables one to conveniently research.

Also many new developments are happening on campus, so its going to be changed soon!

Rate the infrastructure out of 5

4

How’s your hostel experience?

I have not visited the Hostel yet. But we are allotted single bedrooms, due to the pandemic.

And the Hostels have a Wi-Fi connection. Wi-Fi is available across campus.

Rate your hostel experience

4

How are your peers?

My peers are pretty nice. With the amount of virtual interaction I have done with them, they seem extremely sweet and polite. No one here seems rude or selfish.

All of them are extremely helpful and caring. I have nothing but positive things to say about them. The students at the university are rather the best thing about the college.

Because I have never met a sweet and polite student faculty member who is also willing to assist.
The seniors at this university are extremely helpful and friendly.

I have met many second-year students, and honestly, they are very friendly and welcoming. Even the third-year students are the same.

HNLU has a unique TMP system: a mentorship programme in which a fresher is assigned to a senior, or rather four-five freshers are assigned to four-five seniors from all batches of second year to fifth year.

This is entirely a student-run initiative. When one steps foot into any college, one of the most repeated things is to form connections with the seniors.

This system makes the whole system much easier. And also, this works as an ice-breaker. The relationship between the seniors and the juniors is rather informal and friendly.

Rate your peers out of 5

5

How are the placements in your college?

HNLU is a national law university.

Many big and prominent law firms come to the university during the placement season.

Rate the placements out of 5

4

How are the co-curriculars in your college?

There are not many co-curricular activities currently being done in the college.

This is because of the restraints caused by the pandemic however, the debating culture is extremely active.

Students have taken many initiatives in this field with conducting informal debates.

Rate your college in terms of co-curriculars out of 5

3

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Hostel compound

Hallways

Hostel Room

Hostel Building

Mess Section

Auditorium

Entrance

Full View of the Academic cum Administrative Building

What are some of the things you’d advise to a 1st year aspirant who enters your college?

I would like to warn you that college is nothing like school. All the previous notions have to be let go of.

There is no hand-holding in college as it is in school.

The onus of doing good in studies is entirely upon the students.

In college no set book, like the NCERT is referred to, instead, multiple books are referred to.

One might feel lost in college, but here in HNLU seniors are always willing to help.

Seniors are ready to help, but the fresher has to ask for help.

This leads to my next point which is to never shy from asking questions. It is always beneficial to ask questions rather than to stay in doubt and cause mistakes!

Also, always remember to enjoy law school!!!!!!

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