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"Dear Students, Welcome Back to University."


Hon’ble Mr. Justice Mohammad Rafiq

(Chief Justice, High Court of Himachal Pradesh) 
The Chancellor, Himachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla

Chancellor’s Profile:

I am glad to learn that the Himachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla has successfully entered into the sixth year of its odyssey and is marching ahead assiduously to be better amongst the best.

 Low plays a pivotal role in furthering the all-round development of a Nation-be it economic prosperity, civil liberties, or nurturing social-stability. Legal education is, therefore, central to the making of a just society.

As law & Lawyers are playing a mountainous role in India's development, bold experimentation and new thinking will be necessary as we retool our legal education system to help train the new legal professionals.

Since studying of Law is a perfectly 'distinct and manifold art', the respective Law schools owe a greater responsibility to make these Law students not merely 'literates' to earn a degree and livelihood but also to 'educate' them well enough to be able to play leading roles in Government, business, foreign affairs, and in the full range of institutions that influence policy and society. Legal education in India, then, is the training ground for India's future and can provide them invaluable experiences. They should be exposed to a wide range of legal subjects and offered a supervised, rigorous, exhaustive, and disciplined opportunity to learn practical legal skills through internships, trial practice and negotiation courses etc.

The Law students, too, along with concentrating on their course-material must also focus to work on journals, compete in moot court competitions, and participate in a wide range of activities organized in law schools across the country that are designed to enrich their writing, advocacy skills, and exposure to diverse legal and cultural perspectives, leading to broadening their prospects and ultimately the betterment of society.

I urge the faculty and students of HPNLU to keep working harder with a clear vision, dogged determination, indomitable will and robust optimism to take their Institution to greater heights. I wish them all the very best in all their endeavors.

                                                                "The heights of greatmen, reached kept, were not

                                                                attained by sudden flight. But they while their

                                                               companions slept, were toiling upward in the nights

                                                                (H.W. Longfellow)" 

                                                                                                                              (Justice Mohammad Rafiq)