Deepa Kurup

BANGALORE: The State budget has increased the annual “maintenance fund” allocation to the National Law School University of India (NLSUI) from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 1 crore.

This concedes a long-standing demand of the national-level university, which was set up by the Karnataka Government in 1987.

In 2007, the Government had hiked this fund from Rs. 5 to Rs. 10 lakh. However, compared to similar law schools in Hyderabad (Nalsar) and Bhopal, which have been granted funds to the tune of Rs. 3 crore by respective State governments, NLSUI had been largely neglected.

Welcoming the move, NLSUI Vice-Chancellor R. Venkata Rao said that this is a “step in the right direction”. The NLSIU, being the first of its kind, had catalysed much-needed reforms in legal education.

“With this we hope to focus on the next level of research activities and will be able to focus on emerging areas such as cyber laws and technology,” he said. It also hopes to work in tandem with the Karnataka State Law University, and also lend expertise to the Karnataka Government as part of its various outreach activities.