October 18, 2021

HNLU Ranked First as the Frontline Law University to Introduce the Cumulative Professional Development Allowance

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About the Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur

Established in 2003, Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur is one of the leading law schools in the country. In a short span of time, HNLU has carved out a niche in the realm of legal education across India and the legacy is soaring towards newer heights day by day. Named after the great legal luminary Justice Mohammad Hidayatullah, the Unversity was established by the Government of Chhattisgarh under the Hidayatullah National University of Law, Chhattisgarh, Act (Act. No. 10 of 2003). HNLU has been ranked 5th in India Today’s 2021 rankings of the top law colleges in India and 51-100 globally in the Crisis Management category by the World’s Universities with Real Impact Rankings 2021. Hon’ble Mr Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra, Acting Chief Justice, High Court of Chhattisgarh is the Chancellor, Prof. (Dr.) V.C. Vivekanandan is the Vice-Chancellor and Prof. (Dr.) Uday Shankar is the Registrar of the University.

About the CPDA program

Hidayatullah National Law University ranked as the frontline Law University in the country is the first to introduce the Cumulative Professional Development Allowance (CPDA) for all the faculty to facilitate participation in academic events. The CPDA budget amounting around 1.60 Crores for a block period of three years will meet the registration/travel/stay/and related expenses of the faculty selected for presentation of their papers in National and International event. The CPDA scheme is prevalent in IITs, IIMs and few private Universities is now part of HNLU the only law university as of now to introduce it.

The scheme allows every faculty a budget of Rs One Lakh per annum and Rs Three lakhs for a block period of three years to meet such expenses. The unspent amount of a year can be carried over to the subsequent year but will lapse at the end of three years. The next round of funding will start after three years. The CPDA also allows a contingent expenditure of Rs 15000 for academic accessories/ purchase of online articles/ membership of academic associations  and other essential accessories. A CPDA committee will monitor and coordinate the scheme for effective implementation. The faculty will be encouraged to publish their papers through HNLU PRESS- the publication wing of HNLU and also with other professional publications.

Prof. V.C.Vivekanandan, Vice Chancellor of HNLU remarked, “ The CPDA Scheme  first of its kind by HNLU among the NLUs will encourage the faculty to present papers, participate in academic events and gives a clear funding avenue which is an equitable opportunity for all academics. This has been facilitated by the proactive involvement and sanctioning of the University authorities. This scheme will raise the research quotient significantly and hope other law universities will follow suit to benefit the faculties.”

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