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Hibernate Bidirectional Mapping Problem.

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I have a parent child relationship.
Dept (One) ------ Student (Many)

Trying to persist a Dept along with its students.
Can see Dept entry in the database table.
Can see Student entries in the database table.

Problem : Student (child entity)entries have foreign key column as null in database.
What could be the problem for this?

Tried the following approaches.
1. Used <set>. Used java.util.Set in the Java class.
2. I have explicitly set parent reference to child objects.
3. Removed explicit foreign key constraint from database.

Table Details
Dept - ID(primary key) ........and other fields
Student - ID (primary key), DEPTID(foreign key), ........ and other fields.

HBM Mapping

<class entity-name="Dept" name="com.home.Dept" table="DEPT" lazy="false">
<id name="id" column="ID">
<generator class="increment"/>
<bag name="studentList" cascade="all" inverse="true" table="STUDENT" order-by="ID" lazy="false">
<key column="DEPTID" not-null="true"/>
<one-to-many entity-name="Student"/>

<class entity-name="Student" name="com.home.Student" table="STUDENT" lazy="false">
<id name="id" column="ID">
<generator class="increment"/>
<many-to-one name="department" column="DEPTID" entity-name="Dept" lazy="false" insert="false" update="false" not-null="true"/>

Class Details

public class Dept implements IDept {
private long id;
private List studentList;

public long getId() {
return id;
public void setId(long id) { = id;
public List getStudentList() {
return studentList;
public void setStudentList(List studentList) {
this.studentList = studentList;

public class Student implements IStudent {
private long id;
private Dept department;

public long getId() {
return id;
public void setId(long id) { = id;
public Dept getDepartment() {
return department;
public void setDepartment(Dept department) {
this.department = department;

Code used for persistance
IDept dept = new Department();
List studentList = new ArrayList();
Student a = new Student();
Student b = new Student();
getHibernateTemplate().save("Dept", dept); // Using Spring's Hibernate Template.

Don't get me started about those stupid light bulbs.
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