VISAKHAPATNAM: The first convocation of Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU) will be held at the AMCOSA Hall near Zilla Parishad in the city on December 19.
Chief Justice of India Justice HL Dattu would attend the ceremony as the chief guest and deliver the convocation address. The other dignitaries who would grace the event include chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Supreme Court judge Justice NV Ramana and chief justice of High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta.
DSNLU vice-chancellor RGB Bhagavath Kumar told mediamen here Monday that 43 students from the first batch (2009-2014) would receive the BA and LLB (Hons) degrees during the convocation. This apart, 10 gold medals and three special prizes would be awarded to the meritorious students, he said.
In the past, the university used to admit students based on the CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) score, but the DSNLU will be one of the 16 participatory varsities of the CLAT with effect from 2015. Meanwhile, the varsity spent `8 crore out of `37 crore for the first phase of campus construction works in 15.5 acres at Sabbavaram. The administrative blocks, separate boys and girls hostels, canteen and other required blocks in the campus would be built by December 2015, he explained.
The student intake in the varsity rose to 448 from 46. The chief minister had sanctioned `120 crore for the construction of the DSNLU campus. Till now, funds to the tune of `31 crore were released from the state government and another `5 crore towards block grants from the UGC, the vice-chancellor added.