Former NLSIU Bangalore registrar V Nagaraj will re-join NLSIU on 6 June as professor, after he resigned as NLUO Cuttack’s vice chancellor (VC) over differences with NLUO’s executive council (EC) member and Orissa high court sitting judge justice Indrajit Mohanty.
NLUO university sources confirmed that geology professor Dr Priyambada Mohanty Hejmadi is acting as the VC until appointment of the next VC for which the search process is yet to be initiated.
Nagaraj, who was on deputation from Bangalore to head the Cuttack law school, resigned from the post of VC on 16 May and his resignation was accepted yesterday, as reported by Legally India. He said that while “the government has given very good support to this institution”, he had been “trying to resist interference” by the judiciary in the law school’s administration.
“Lack of accountability [ to the vice chancellor] over a period of time [will lead to] all the employees taking advantage [of the situation]. That was the reason I was resisting this level of interference,” commented Nagaraj.
Several authoritative sources told Legally India that undue administrative interference by justice Mohanty, who has been on NLUO’s EC since the beginning and has continuously disputed and contradicted the decisions of every VC to have headed the law school, motivated Nagaraj’s resignation.
Nagaraj told Legally India that the Orissa government had sanctioned Rs 150 crore for NLUO’s new campus the construction of which has been stopped by Mohanty since its first phase got completed in August 2012. He said that the academic block and other parts of the new campus are yet to be completed, while construction of the hostels has been minimal.
Sources predicted that a civil judge or a court officer may assume the post of VC at the law school next, so as to be eagerly subservient to justice Mohanty’s administrative whims.
NLUO had launched ten research centres of its own during Nagaraj’s tenure, as reported by the Telegraph, while, he said, there was one faculty member for every 20 students at the law school presently.