Exclusive: NLU Cuttack Orissa (NLUO) vice chancellor (VC) professor Faizan Mustafa has been selected to become the VC at Nalsar Hyderabad for the next five years according to four authoritative sources, after the selection committee deliberated until nearly midnight yesterday (11 March).
Mustafa, who said he expected to be officially told of his appointment by evening today but has already been receiving congratulatory phone calls, said: “Before I react to anything about Nalsar, I first need to have good information about Nalsar. There are a number of things that have been done at NLU Orissa, I don’t know if the same kind of innovation can be done here, since it is already an established university, it is already number one.
“I don’t think I’d be repeating the same things at Nalsar but will be going for something fresh.”
It is understood that the selection committee of three members chose candidates on the basis of the University Grants Commission (UGC) norms, combined with interactions with the candidates over lunch and dinner.
Starting with 10 candidates, whittled down from a long list of 18, the committee eventually shortlisted four names yesterday: Mustafa, NLS registrar professor Nagaraj, and Nalsar registrar professor Acharyulu Sridhar and Dr Ambedkar Law University Chennai VC professor V Vijayakumar.
By around 11:45pm yesterday, Nalsar chancellor and Andhra Pradesh High Court Chief Justice Madan B Lokur then made his final choice in Mustafa, who will be VC for the 2012-2017 term after current VC Veer Singh is set to join Chandigarh Judicial Academy.
Mustafa, was formerly dean of Aligarh Muslim University’s faculty of law, and registrar at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), and founder director of KIIT Law School prior to joining NLUO, which became a part of the Common Law Admissions Test (CLAT) this year.
Specialising in intellectual property law and international human rights law, he is a gold medallist from AMU as well as from the International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, and has been commended with the International Educator of the Year Award by the UK Cambridge-based International Biographical Centre.
He has also written eight books and about a hundred national and international papers.
One Nalsar student commented that the new VC should be proactive and added: “The most important thing we need is new good faculty, especially foreign LLM and our alumni to be allowed to teach instead of them going to NUJS.”
In February a judicial report published by Legally India pursuant to an RTI request highlighted structural problems in the management and administration of Nalsar University, naming several faculty members as responsible.
[Correction: Thanks for the commenter who pointed out the International Educator Award is not by Cambridge University]