Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU) is the first Law University in the country to introduce the Cumulative Professional Development Allowance (CPDA) for all the faculty to facilitate participation in academic events.
The CPDA budget amounting around 1.60 Crores for a block period of three years will meet the registration/travel/stay/and related expenses of the faculty selected for presentation of their papers in national and international events. The CPDA scheme is prevalent in IITs, IIMs and few private universities and is now part of HNLU, the only law university as of now to introduce it.
The scheme allows every faculty a budget of ₹1,00,000/annum and ₹3,00,000 for a block period of three years to meet such expenses. The unspent amount of a year can be carried over to the subsequent year but will lapse at the end of three years. The next round of funding will start after three years.
The CPDA also allows a contingent expenditure of ₹15,000 for academic accessories/ purchase of online articles/ membership of academic associations and other essential accessories. A CPDA committee will monitor and coordinate the scheme for effective implementation.
The faculty will be encouraged to publish their papers through HNLU Press, the publication wing of HNLU and also with other professional publications.
Prof. V. C. Vivekanandan, Vice Chancellor of HNLU remarked, “The CPDA Scheme first of its kind by HNLU among the NLUs will encourage the faculty to present papers, participate in academic events and gives a clear funding avenue which is an equitable opportunity for all academics. This has been facilitated by the proactive involvement and sanctioning of the University authorities. This scheme will raise the research quotient significantly and hope other law universities will follow suit to benefit the faculties.”