By Our Reporter
SHILLONG, Oct 30: The National Law University (NLU), which began its academic session in the temporary campus at Mayurbhanj Palace, is now set to be shifted to its permanent location at Mawkhanu, Mawpdang in New Shillong Township.
This move was officiated as the Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma, handed over 65 acres of land to the Chief Justice of the High Court of Meghalaya and Chancellor of the National Law University, Sanjib Banerjee, on Monday.
The allotted 65 acres of land will be used for setting up the University and the State Judicial Academy, the Chief Minister informed.
The selection of this location aims to alleviate traffic congestion in the city and provide students with an educational environment amidst the serene and picturesque surroundings away from the urban hustle and bustle.
Sangma emphasised that universities like this one will play a crucial role in developing human capital and transforming the state’s economy from extractive to regenerative.
The Chief Minister also added that the educational and professional institutions should work together with the likes of the government to provide solutions to challenges.
“Students who even while pursuing their education can contribute to the needs of the government by way of research, analysis and documentation,” he said.
The land for the permanent campus was handed over in the presence of Education Minister Rakkam A Sangma, Law Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh, Justice Hamarsan S Thangkiew and Justice Wanlura Diengdoh, Judges of High Court of Meghalaya,
Justice Biswadeep Chatterjee, Additional Judge, High Court of Meghalaya and Vice-Chancellor, National Law University, Professor Indrajit Dube.
The Vice-Chancellor of the National Law University, Professor Indrajit Dube, expressed plans to elevate the university’s standards by introducing innovative courses such as a Master of Science in Policy Analytics.
“Policy framework in the country is perceptive based, so this particular course will enable the learner to analyse and structure the data and then come up with predictive framework or model to bring a suitable type of policy what kind of impact it might create, and it will be one of its kind in the country,” Dube said.
Dube also added that they are intending to increase the capacity of students to 150 next year for the undergraduate courses, 50 out of which will be foreign students.
Sanjib Banerjee, in the third last day of his tenure as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Meghalaya, further added that it feels like leaving a child behind and he is positive that this will become an institution that not only the state will be proud of, but will be put on the global map.