Army Institute of Law

Army Institute of Law (AIL) is a private law school in Mohali, Punjab, India. The institute is affiliated to Punjabi University, Patiala, and is run by the Army Welfare Education Society (AWES). The institute has a moderately sized campus in Sector 68, Mohali. The hostels can house 400 students.

Army Institute of Law
MottoAspire and Achieve[1]
TypePrivate
Established1999
PrincipalTejinder Kaur[2]
Location, ,
Campus Urban
AffiliationsPunjabi University; NAAC; BCI
Websitewww.ail.ac.in

History

AIL was established in 1999 by the Indian Army under the Army Welfare Education Society. It originally operated from an interim location in Patiala and moved to its permanent campus in Sector 68, Mohali, in 2003, which was inaugurated by the President of India, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.[1]

Academics

Undergraduate

AIL offers a 5-year integrated B.A LL.B. program. The school reserves 60 seats of the total 80 for wards of Army personnel and 20 are available for civilians. Sixteen civilian slots are for students from Punjab and four are for the All-India Civil Category. The college is approved by the Bar Council of India. Admission is based on the Army Institute of Law Entrance Test, except that civilian students from Punjab are selected on the basis of 10+2 marks.

Postgraduate

AIL offers a one-year postgraduate L.L.M. program with options to specialize in Criminal Law or Family law. The prestigious course enrolls passionate students on the basis of a common entrance examination. The syllabus can be found here.

Rankings

University rankings
Law – India
India Today (2017)[3]11
Outlook India (2017)[4]16
The Week (2017)[5]18

AIL was ranked 11th by India Today's "India's Best Colleges 2017: Law",[3] 16th in India by Outlook India's "Top 25 Law Colleges In 2017",[4] 18th in India by The Week's "Top Law Colleges 2017", fourth among private law colleges.[5]

Controversy

The Army Institute of Law came under fire for administrative negligence and highhandedness[6] in dealing with their students.

On the 4th of October, 2019, a joint petition that had been in the works for a number of years came to light when the brewing dissatisfaction of the students reached a boiling point. The students of the Institute peacefully demanded negotiations to amend their existing 'Code of Conduct[7]' through a joint petition[8] which was ignored by the authorities of the Institute. On 15th of October, 2019, after waiting to no avail, over 300 students[9] (a majority of them were residents of the campus housing) took to civil disobedience and hosted a protest which began at 2200 hours, whereby they broke the rule of the unfair curfew. The students proceeded to drag their mattresses out and placed them in the Parking Lot of the campus, in front of the reception.

The protests have been highly charged, with various law institutions from across India pouring in their support. The alumni association of the Institute also stood in solidarity with the students as they sent over food for the protesting students.

The students endured the cold for over 100 hours, and were not redressed commensurately by the authorities.

References

  1. "About Us". www.ail.ac.in. Army Institute of Law. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  2. "Core Faculty". www.ail.ac.in. Army Institute of Law. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  3. "India's Best Colleges 2017: Law". India Today. 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  4. "Top 25 Law Colleges In 2017". Outlook India. 5 June 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  5. Singh, Abhinav (18 June 2017). "The Week - Hansa Research Best Colleges Survey 2017: Top Law Colleges - All India". The Week. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  6. "AIL students protest over arbitrary rules, administrative high-handedness". Bar & Bench. 16 October 2019. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  7. "Code of Conduct, Army Institute of Law, Mohali" (PDF). ail.ac.in. 16 October 2019. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  8. "With 'Collective Airing of Grievances' Prohibited, AIL Mohali Students Take to Instagram". Lawctopus. 16 October 2019.
  9. "Army Institute of Law Protests". Lawctopus.

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