After last hiring spurt in 2014, finally NUJS advertises for more facultyAfter last hiring spurt in 2014, finally NUJS advertises for more faculty

Much like NLSIU Bangalore several months ago, NUJS Kolkata too has finally advertised to fill its vacant professorial positions, including the intellectual property (IPR) chair professor post that has been empty for more than three years after its former IPR chair Prof Shamnad Basheer had resigned.

The law school has advertised a total of 9 other faculty positions, including three for law professors.

The 12 June advertisement lists vacancies for three law professors, five assistant professors of law, one IPR chair professor and one assistant professor for economics. The applications are set to close on 17 July.

The law school’s current faculty strength is 34 consisting of six professors of law, including NUJS vice chancellor Prof Ishwara Bhat, and one professor on lien, two associate professors of law, 16 assistant professors of law, one associate professor for social sciences, three assistant professors for social sciences and one research fellow, according to its website.

Six of these faculty members were hired as part of the last recruitment in 2014, which had resulted in four full-time faculty members (Sanjit Kumar Chakraborty, Faisal Fasih, Sampa Karmakar and Mercy Khumlian Khaute) and three other ad hoc faculty members (Arun Krishnan, Mahesh Menon and Nizamuddin Ahmad Siddiqui) appointed as part of that drive, said the SJA.

The 2014 recruitment was in part triggered by February 2014 agitations by the SJA and students for the resignation of erstwhile registrar Surajit Mukhopadhyay and demanding greater access to the college’s financial affairs and teaching staff standards.

We have reached out to Bhat for comment by phone but have not been able to get through since the morning.

The NUJS Student Juridical Association (SJA) commented when contacted: “Having pushed for recruitment of faculty since January 2014 - which was followed by a faculty recruitment drive - the SJA has been committed to getting the administration to hire sufficient and competent faculty. The opening of 10 such positions gives us immense hope that better days await us in the near future.

“The General Body resolutions dated January 14, 2014 and September 23, 2016 which were passed with an overwhelming, almost unanimous majority have highlighted this issue,” added the SJA. "We thank the University administration for recognizing the legitimacy of our concern and hope that this will culminate in getting the best minds in legal academia on board.”

As we had reported, in September 2016 the NUJS student body had signed a no-confidence motion against Bhat, citing several reasons for their disappointment in him, including the lack of improvement in faculty quality and the increase in faculty attrition despite the recruitment drive of 2014.

Only very recently in April of this year, NLSIU Bangalore had advertised for permanent faculty after continual student pressure against a moratorium on hirings since 2009.

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Like +13 Object -4 Observer 19 Jun 17, 18:11  interesting
This is good, but what's important is not the number of people hired but the quality. If they all turn out like a certain "particular" professor and certain other characters, then it's better not to hire!

Also, an effort should be made to see that all the hires are BALLB alumni of NLUs (instead of LLM alumni with BALLB degrees from random colleges). If such people cannot be hired then it may be better to offer visiting professorships to NLU alumni. There are now enough NLU alumni who have LLM degrees and thus meet the threshold for teaching courses. In fact, the majority of NLU grads have LLMs from reputed law schools abroad.

What NUJS needs is more people like Saurabh Bhattacharjee.
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Like +3 Object -0 Guest 23 Jun 17, 08:20
The answers do seem easy, however now often than not NLU grads with foreign LLMs prefer:

Higher pay (Jindal), and/or
Better cities (Delhi, Bangalore), and/or
Better 'projects' (South Asian, Azim Premji) etc.

Bottomline is that though the numbers have grown, it'll take a decade or so when we can stock the premier institutions with a sizeable number of those you mention.
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Like +15 Object -4 Darkseid 19 Jun 17, 19:11  interesting
I agree with the quality part, but what makes you think that is the sole domain of NLU alumni? All the excellent teachers I've had at law school were from traditional law universities only. As against that, I've seen plenty of NLU alumni who tried their hands at teaching, but didn't succeed. I mean, if an alumnus proves to be a better teacher than others, then get him in, certainly, but the degree is not a standalone guarantee of teaching prowess. Even a very good student with excellent record may turn out to be quite a lousy teacher. Take demo classes, have structured and proper interviews, give proper weightage to CV and chances are, you will get some decent people.
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 23 Jun 17, 08:22
Thank you for a balanced opinion instead of parochial viewpoint that people stoop to on these pages.
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Like +6 Object -5 NLU Stud 19 Jun 17, 21:16  controversial
Take away placements, and these NLU'S completely lack quality.
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Like +2 Object -3 O Please 20 Jun 17, 13:37
Right! That's why NLU students win moot awards in India and overseas, bag jobs in top international law firms, bag Rhodes/Inlaks and other top scholarships, publish in international journals, et. al.

They completely lack quality! LOL. Please speak for yourself.
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Like +0 Object -1 Guest 20 Jun 17, 02:01
Prachi can we please have a report mapping the state of faculty at the NLUs, barring visiting and part-time faculty ? I think you will find the ranking to be NLUD> NALSAR>NUJS>NLSIU>NLUJ>NL IU.
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Like +2 Object -2 X 20 Jun 17, 04:26
Too much reporting on NUJS scams and not enough on scams at NLSIU and NALSAR.
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Like +2 Object -2 Fluffy 20 Jun 17, 22:58
@Kian: Sanjit Kumar Chakraborty got recruited way before 2014, around 2012. There was another teacher who got recruited in 2014, an NUJS alumnus. SJA obviously has too many concerns in mind to keep facts straight.
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Like +0 Object -0 Darkseid 20 Jun 17, 22:59
Kian, can you please take a look at this considerably huge development? MSM got hold of it before you obviously.…/articles…/59239084.cms
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Like +2 Object -0 kianganz 21 Jun 17, 00:53
Hi Darkseid, thank you so much for sharing, have published a brief story. Interesting development.
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Like +1 Object -0 Guest 23 Jun 17, 16:58
Is the ipr chair named after shamna? I thought it is mhrd chair.
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Like +0 Object -0 Darkseid 23 Jun 17, 22:45
The question is, who are the people going to apply? Given the current administration's dubious reputation, not many good people, including NLU alumni are going to. A case in point, the professorial positions have been vacant for over 3 years and suitable candidates could not be found despite earlier advertisements. Maybe some of the contractual people will become permanent, but that won't be any value addition to the students, since those people were teaching anyway. Law schools seldom check which subjects they need to strengthen before hiring new people, an oversight that would have been unbelievable in any other professional institution. As a result, people who can teach commercial or financial laws (requiring at least some industry exposure) or people who can teach specialised subjects such as forensic law, maritime law, commercial arbitration and mediation, etc. are at a premium and people with completely different subject specialisations get saddled with these subjects, who then go ahead and regurgigate commentaries in classrooms. It's a vicious cycle above all.
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