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NLUs fail to make it...again!

The National Law Universities (NLU) have again missed the annual QS World University Rankings released on 6 June, which have 29 Indian universities featuring in its overall rankings and 79 Indian universities on its list of top universities only from BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) countries.

Indian lawyers have long bemoaned NLUs lack of representation in the QS list as reflecting on their low quality compared to international colleges, but that may not be the whole story (quality issues notwithstanding).

Being specialised universities, the NLUs are ineligible to make the rankings, which, as QS explains on its official website are open only to multidisciplinary universities, or universities conducting work in at least two of five possible faculty areas: arts and humanities; engineering and technology; social sciences and management; natural sciences; life sciences and medicine).

NLUs were also not listed in QS’ law category rankings of the top 300 ranked law universities worldwide, although that’s likely to also be limited to multi-disciplinary institutions. No Indian law university is on that list.

However, Jindal Global University (JGU), which predominantly consists of the law school JGLS Sonepat, has made it to the BRICS universities list, ranked as “251-300”. It did not make it to the global category though.

Other Indian universities with smaller law departments which did make it to the global category were IIT Kharagpur, Delhi University, Jadavpur University, University of Hyderabad, Anna University, University of Calcutta, Aligarh Muslim University, Benares Hindu University, Panjab University, Mumbai University and Savitribhai Phule Pune University.

Unlike JGU, the law department of these universities is only a small proportion of their range of faculties and departments.

Similarly, eight private universities ranked above JGU on the BRICS list, included Symbiosis International and Amity University, though those are not overrun by law students and faculty either and offer a larger range of other disciplines.

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