Giving a much needed fillip to legal education in the State, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday inaugurated the National Law School University (NLS) at Srirangam, her Assembly constituency, in Tiruchy. With this, Tamil Nadu joins an elite group of 15 states having NLS. It is also the 15th such centre of excellence in the country.
Established on the lines of the NLS in Bangalore, the Rs 100 crore project has been set up on a sprawling 25-acre campus. Classes would commence shortly as the first batch of students have been selected. The NLS is intended to prepare students of law to face challenges brought about by globalization. The Chief Justice of the Madras High Court shall be its Chancellor or nominate an HC judge as its Chancellor. The State Law Minister will be the Pro-Chancellor.
The Chief Minister also inaugurated the 19th medical college in the State, at Tiruvannamalai, through video-conferencing from here. The college has received approval from the Medical Council of India to admit 100 students from the current academic year. It was constructed at a cost of Rs 73.16 crore on 35.42 acres of land adjacent the Collectorate. The government has created 192 posts of professors, nurses and paramedical staff and allotted Rs 16.82 crore to procure equipment for the college.