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Student Bar Association, HNLU

1. In light of the judgment of the Honourable High Court of Chhattisgarh in Dr. Avinash Samal
v. State of Chhattisgarh & Others, pronounced on 27.08.2018, Prof. Dr. Sukh Pal Singh has
no legal or moral authority to continue as the Vice Chancellor of Hidayatullah National Law
University. The Student body humbly requests you to officially acknowledge that as a
consequence of the above mentioned judgment, Prof. Dr. Sukh Pal Singh can no longer
occupy the Office of the Vice Chancellor of the University.

Further, the students have had long standing demands (mentioned herein after) that require
immediate attention. Therefore we request you to appoint an able and competent individual
as the acting Vice Chancellor of the University.

Furthermore, we request you to constitute a search committee in accordance with Section 19
of the Hidayatullah National University of Law Chhattisgarh Adhiniyam, 2003 (herein after
“HNLU Act”). We believe that the process should be initiated at the earliest, the same being
transparent, just and fair. It is also implored that the student body be kept abreast of the
developments pertaining to the above mentioned.

 

2. Campus Curfews:
 As per the objective of the HNLU Act, Hidayatullah National Law University was
established to foster legal education and excellence. The University has imposed a
rule that the students of the University must return to and will not be allowed to step
outside the halls of residence post 10:30 pm. However, no rationale has been
provided as to how this arbitrary time was arrived at and the same has imposed
without following the proper processes, as per the University Act and the rules
thereunder. The entire student community recognises their right to have free access to
every part of the campus, at all hours.
Moreover, the University has students who identify with different genders and
therefore reside in different halls of residence. The imposition of such a rule upon us
hinders the academic, as well as, extra-curricular activities that the students wish to
undertake, viz. moot court competitions, collaborative research papers, access to the
library resources, etc. This rule also prohibits access to the common spaces within the
halls of residence post 10:30 pm, such as, the gym, the common rooms, the mess, etc.
Consequently, the University does not provide us with any source of food between
10:30 pm and 7:30 am and the students are not allowed outside of the same, which
constitutes a major problem, as well as, health hazard for students who stay awake,
post 10:30 pm to study or prepare for different undertakings. There are eateries
present around the University which offer delivery services to the campus, post 10:30
pm, but, the students are not allowed to avail of the services because of this rule.
Therefore, we request you to completely remove the curfew timings within the
campus.

 Along with this, we also request you to also extend the library timings from the
present 10 PM to 3 AM in order to have maximum utility of the resources that are
provided to us in the library. We would like to bring to your notice that other national
universities such as NUJS, NLSIU, NALSAR and the like have similar library
timings for their students.

3. Appointments:
 It is also imperative that the Wardens of the Halls of the Residence be independent and
not an academic representative, teacher or in any manner associated, directly,
indirectly or incidentally with academic activities or programs or such similar tasks or
in-charge of any responsibilities or duties of similar nature. There have been multiple
occasions wherein it has been observed that, wardens when reprimanding students for
alleged violations of rules of the Hall of Residence have also threatened dire academic
consequences with marks in examination as well as attendance.
 It is requested that a permanent registrar be appointed according to the rules laid down
for the same.
 We also request you to appoint a recruiting officer and also fill any vacancy that
persists in the faculty.
 And finally we request you to appoint non-teaching administrative staff in the likes of
library staff and others as and when such staff may be required.

4. It is also requested that a review commission be constituted in accordance with Section 19 of
the HNLU Act to review the working of the university and to make recommendations. It is
also requested that when such commission submits its report the same be made public and
available to all the students of the university.

5. As per the provision 2.7 of the UGC Entitlement guidelines, the students are entitled to give
regular feedback on the quality of teaching, students services and institutional
infrastructure. The college/university shall establish mechanisms for seeking this feedback
regularly and taking student feedback into account for review and improvement. But, we
submit before you that no such mechanism is in place. Thus we request you to direct the
concerned authorities to come up with a mechanism, by having detailed discussions with the
Student Representatives, which would seek feedback on quality of teaching, quality of the
food provided in Mess/Canteen/Cafeteria, quality of Internet, Quality of services provided by
the shops of the utility centre and other services and institutional infrastructure and to
incorporate these feedbacks while having assessment of these services.
6. As per the provision 8 of the UGC Entitlement guidelines, every college/university must
disclose minutes of the meetings of bodies like Academic/Executive council, sources of
income and the financial situation and any other information about its functioning
necessary for a student to make a fully informed choice. Thus, we request you to direct the

concerned authorities to upload the minutes of meetings of the last three meetings of
Executive Council, Academic Council and Finance Council, on the university website. We
also request you to direct the concerned authorities to publish the income received by the
University through various sources on the website of the university.
7. As per the provision 7 of the UGC Entitlement guidelines, The students are entitled to
forming associations and unions, directly electing their representatives to Students Unions
and having their representatives on the college/university decision making bodies
including internal quality assessment, grievance committees, Gender Sensitization
Committees against Sexual Harassment and the Academic/Executive council. Thus, we also
request you to amend the provisions of the Hidayatullah National Law University,
Chhattisgarh Act, 2003, under section 15(3) to allow two student representatives, as
nominated by the Student Bar Association, in the Academic and Executive Council of the
university. As we seek student representation at such meetings, we request you not to
convene such meetings during the semester breaks.

8. We also request you to direct the concerned authorities to publish the following details on
the university website as per Section 4(b) of Right to Information Act, 2005:
i. a statement of the boards, councils, committees and other bodies consisting of two or
more persons constituted as its part or for the purpose of its advice, and as to whether
meetings of those boards; councils, committees and other bodies are open to the public,
or the minutes of such meetings are accessible for public;
ii. the monthly remuneration received by each of its officers and employees, including the
system of compensation as provided in its regulations;
iii. the budget allocated to each of its agency, indicating the particulars of all plans,
proposed expenditures and reports on disbursements made;
iv. details in respect of the information, available to or held by it, reduced in an electronic
form;
v. the names, designations and other particulars of the Public Information Officers;

9.We request you to change the definition of “First Attempt of an Examination” as per Delhi
High Court’s judgment in Abhinav Pandey v. Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University
And Ors (Dated 23.01.2018) (Annexure 4 to this application) and the apex courts judgment
in Abhijit v. Dean, Government Medical College, Aurangabad and Anr.( 1987 SC 1362). The
court has held that sitting for an examination by a student in the successive academic
year, by reason of his inability to write the examination as per the schedule of the curriculum on account of circumstances beyond his control, shall still qualify as the
student’s “first attempt”. Consequently we would request you to make requisite changes in
rules for awarding of University Gold Medal as enlisted in Rule 12(a) of Ordinance
1(Annexure 1) and Rule 14.2(a) of Examination rules of HNLU, 2009.
10. We also take this opportunity to request you to draft all the existing Academic, Library, Halls
Of Residence, Disciplinary and Examination rules into a single document in form of a
Student Manual for having clarity and avoiding any confusion.
11. Further we request you to bifurcate the tender for Hostel Mess, Canteen and Cafeteria to
avoid monopoly.
12. We also request you to ratify the Student Bar Association’s Constitution, which has been
long overdue.
13. Finally we request you to convocation ceremonies every year as recommended by the
University Grants Commission.

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