To advance and disseminate the knowledge of law and research with a view to ensure its proper role in national development. To the development and advancement of legal education and for the purpose of imparting specialized and systematic instruction and training to students of law and officers performing administrative, quasi-administrative functions and research in systems of law and for the matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. The University not only aims to be knowledge driven institution but, a creativity and wisdom driven Institution.
The motto of the University is “सत्यं वद धर्मं चर.”, which has been enshrined in Verse eleven of Shikhshavalli Section of the Taittiriya Upanishad. It literally means speak the truth and conduct in accordance with dharma. The Guru shows the further path to his pupils and ask them to follow the path of truth and stick to the dharma. Dharma here means such conduct which does not do injustice to anyone and protest injustice done to others. Your conduct must be examples for others.
The ancient legal system was based upon the concept of supremacy of dharma. Dharma is the Sanskrit expression of the widest import. It cannot be defined but can only be explained. For instance, the word “dharma” is used to mean justice (nyaya), what is right in a given circumstance, moral values of right, pious obligations of individuals, righteous conduct in every sphere of activity, being helpful to other living beings, giving charity to individuals in need of it or to a public cause or alms of the needy, natural qualities or characteristics or properties of living beings and things, duty and law as also constitutional law.
The position of dharma was explained in Taittiriya Upanishad where it was stated that dharma constitutes the foundation of all affairs in the world. The Supreme Court in the case of A.S. Narayana Deekshitulu, AIR 1996 SC 1765 has quoted the following verse of Karnaparva (Chapter 69, verse 58) of Mahabharata:
धारणाद् धर्म इत्याहुर्धर्मो धारयते प्रजाः ।
यत् स्याद् धारणसंयुक्तं स धर्म इति निश्चय।।
Dharma is for stability of society, the maintenance of social order and the general well-being and progress of human kind.
Whatever conduces to the fulfillment of these objects is dharma; i.e. definite.
In modern day context, The Constitution of India being the grundnorm, is the Dharmashastra for every Indian. Our Constitution establishes supremacy of law and rule of law. It shows the society that we wish to achieve. It consist of Raj Dharma that the state has to follow and also individual rights and duties.
About the DNLU
The Madhya Pradesh Dharmashastra National Law University has been established by the Madhya Pradesh Dharmashastra National Law University Ordinance, 2018.
The University has been alloted 120 acres of land in the lush green surroundings at Village Pipariya adjacent to the Jabalpur Airport. A state of art infrastructure shall be established with all the modern amenities including residential facility. It aims to provide campus facility, library, computer labs, e-library, moot court hall, sporting facilities, auditorium, hostel for accommodation, mess, canteen. etc. and with this the quality education. Till the development of University infrastructure, the University shall function at the Bharat Ratna Bhim Rao Ambedkar Institute of Telcom Training (BRBRAITT), Ridge Road, Jabalpur which has a campus of 35 acres with administrative building of 11,729 square meters in area. BRBRAITT is the apex training institute of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, delivering quality trainings in the field of Telecommunication, OFC, Mobile, Data Communication, IT, Switching, Finance, Management etc., with its state-of-art equipment of latest technology labs. The training center was established on 22-04-1942 and known as Telecom Training Centre (TTC), Jabalpur. It holds the pride of being the oldest training centres in the field of Telecommunication in Asia. It is an ISO 9000:2008 certified institute located at the heart of the Cantonment area in Jabalpur. It has a safe and secured campus of 35 acres of land housing administrative-cum-technical block, four hostels with lodging and boarding arrangements, inspection quarters madhuban and residential quarters.
In temporary set at BRBRAITT, the teaching rooms in the academic block will be air-conditioned and will be quipped with the modern audio-video equipments necessary for modern and pragmatic style of teaching. It will also have well equipped library with various books and e-library containing various legal softwares.
The university will provide a separate hostel for girls and boys having approximately 40 twin sharing air-conditioned rooms for each. The hostel and academic block will be Wi-Fi enabled. A well equipped gymnasium shall also be established shortly. The environment of the institute in Cantonment area is pleasant, fresh, friendly and apt for learning.
About the city
Jabalpur is a tier 2 city in the state of Madhya Pradesh, very heart of India situated at bank of river Narmada. It is known and considered as Sanskardhani, a “Cultural Center”. It is one of the most famous city of Madhya Pradesh and have many historical connections which dates back to the epic times. It is very well connected with all the parts of India through road, rail and air.
With this one of the main city attraction for all especially legal persons is that the principal bench of M.P. High Court is situated at Jabalpur. The city has many legal luminaries and the university shall have the advantage of seeking guidance from various previous and former judges of High Court and senior lawyers. Law students will also gain from their practical guidance during their course. The Madhya Pradesh State Judicial Academy which is a judicial training and research centre is also located in Jabalpur which conducts various training programs, workshop, and seminars for legal professionals and students and in this perspective the establishment of DNLU at Jabalpur city is a boon for law students.