Some GNLU students did not like the compulsory mind training session instead of exam classes (screenshot via Mind Training Institute’s website)Some GNLU students did not like the compulsory mind training session instead of exam classes (screenshot via Mind Training Institute’s website)

Dozens of GNLU Gandhinagar students walked out of a compulsory nearly-five-hour-long “mind power” session by a motivational speaker yesterday, in protest against the usefulness of the content of the session and against the administration substituting classes with it during exam season.

Four students spoken to by us complained that the session should not have been mandatory to attend, particularly as the end semester exams and internal evaluations were upcoming. On top of that, the syllabus had not yet been completed.

Furthermore, the students said that the content of the session was not appropriate for law students and offensive, because it allegedly did not treat mental health issues with the seriousness that they deserved, and they were considering filing a formal complaint.

GNLU had invited Dr Jeetendra Adhia, a motivational speaker who also appears to be the brother of one of the topmost IAS officers in the Modi government, Hasmukh Adhia.

Update-1 17:54: We understand that more than 250 GNLU students have now submitted a written complaint to director Bimal Patel, which included several other grievances relating to class schedules, infrastructure, parking, and three paragraphs about the “mind power” session:

A. The session should not have been mandatory to attend, especially in light of the upcoming End Semester Examinations, ongoing internal evaluations in some subjects, and incomplete syllabus. B. The content of the session was inappropriate, and made light of some serious issues, which was deeply offensive to the student body.

Sir, we understand that such sessions, particularly for mental health and awareness, may be greatly beneficial to the students. However, the timing of the session along with the fact that regular classes were not held for the same, should be considered.

Students’ arm pricked by motivational needle

Jeetendra Adhia conducted the session on mind training for the entire GNLU student body yesterday from 9am to 2pm, with attendance being compulsory, mobile phones being banned and leaving the auditorium other than during two 15-minute breaks being prohibited (see copy of email invite below).

According to several students present, a few hours into the session, Adhia pricked with a needle the arm of a student sitting in the front row of the session. According to students, the prick caused minor bleeding and was intended to demonstrate one of Adhia’s techniques of conquering pain with the power of the mind.

At that point, large parts of the fourth and fifth year batches apparently began walking out of the session.

We contacted Dr Adhia’s Mind Training Institute for comment yesterday, but had only received an automated response acknowledging receipt but no further comment for now.

However, a large number of mostly senior students apparently objected to the session’s content and walked out in protest.

They later reported their protest to GNLU director Bimal Patel but, according to several sources, Patel was not available to hear the students orally because he was in a meeting, but asked them to submit their grievances in writing.

Correction: Our initial version of this report mis-stated that Patel declined to take action when contacted by the students. He was actually in a meeting and hence unable to hear the students. We regret the error and have corrected the above.

Patel did not respond to our email yesterday seeking his comment.

Other motivational techniques used

Adhia, who had claimed in an interview to have got his start in motivational speaking after probably having cured a woman of blood cancer by speaking to her, has in the past included three practical exercises in his mind training sessions, according to a blog post published by one of his participants in September 2012:

There were three practicals in the workshop. I managed to get images for tow (sic) and a video for one.

The practicals were;

1 Walking on broken glass.

2 Eating fire.

3 Inserting a needle in the body with the body feeling no pain.

How many did I do?

I could gather courage to do two; the first and the second. I didn’t do the third.

The blog includes a number of pictures and more descriptions of the session that appears similar to the one held at GNLU.

General mismanagement

According to the email invite sent to students by GNLU faculty (emphasis added, sic as applicable):

This is to inform you that GNLU is organizing a workshop on ‘Mind Power’ which is scheduled on 19th April 2017. It is mandatory to all students and all batches to participate in the workshop. The attendance will be taken to those who present.

The detail schedule of the workshop is given below:

09:00 am - 10:30 am – Session I

10:30 am - 10:45 am - Break

10:45 am - 12:15 pm - Session II

12:15 pm - 12:30 pm -Break

12:30 pm - 02:00 pm - Session III

The venue of the workshop will be AURA Auditorium.

Note:

(1) No student should carry mobile phone to the Auditorium

(2) No student should be allowed to Auditorium after 8:55AM [It is advisable to the students to seat in the Auditorium latest by 8:50AM]

(3) No student shall allow to go out during the specified session except the break.

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Like +0 Object -9 NLU Stud 20 Apr 17, 17:01
Slam GNLU for what it is. I hope this is not the intention of legally India.
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Like +6 Object -0 Hope 23 Apr 17, 10:22  interesting
The most heartening news is that dozens of students defied the idiotic order and demonstrated the courage to walk out in the middle of that hocus-pocus performance. And later, over 250 signed the complaint letter.

With this level of courage and self-respect, there is hope for National Law Universities in an otherwise hopeless higher education system of India.

The issue is not that the 'Mind Training' program was ill-timed. The issue is what are the professional qualifications of Dr. Adhia in the area of psychiatry or psychology?

India has countless Nobel Prize aspirants who can treat blood cancer by mind training, 'cure' homosexuality by yoga, and bring rains by astrology.

Forcing students to attend such circus acts in an institution of modern education shows how deep the age-old cancer of abuse of power runs in the Indian society.

Hope lies precisely in the hands of those 250 students (and others of the same breed) who signed that complaint letter, and chose self-respect over spinelessness.
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Like +2 Object -0 GNLUStudent 20 Apr 17, 17:29
"They later reported their protest to GNLU director Bimal Patel but, according to several sources, Patel declined to take any action".

This is not true. We were unable to voice our concerns regarding the session before the Director, since he was in a meeting when we sought a hearing. Yet, he asked us to submit our grievances in writing to him. The same was done by us today (20 April 2017), at 4:30 PM. We are sure we will be given a hearing. Hope you will correct your report.
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Like +1 Object -0 kianganz 20 Apr 17, 17:43
Thanks for the clarification, that was an error - have added a correction to the story.
Best wishes,
Kian
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Like +1 Object -3 Biased Kian 20 Apr 17, 17:35
FAKE NEWS

"They later reported their protest to GNLU director Bimal Patel but, according to several sources, Patel declined to take any action."

For the record, the official petition/protest (signed by about 200 students) was submitted today (i.e. April 20, 2017 at about 1600hrs).

So this issue is pending before the Director, and he has not "declined to take any action".

As a responsible journalist (if you are one), you must verify your information with multiple sources before publishing. I wonder why the frustrated students who leaked this to you & whose sole aim in life is to slander their own institution, did not report this to you (or you chose not to publish this important info). Either way, you also believed them without enquiring from other sources, and printed this.

Highly unprofessional on your part.

Stop claiming that "Our reporting is balanced, independent and accurate. We fact-check published stories. We are editorially independent and do not serve to advance one point of view over another. "

#GetOverYourselfLI
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Like +6 Object -0 kianganz 20 Apr 17, 17:52  interesting
Well, unlike what Donald Trump would have you believe, there's a difference between FAKE NEWS and an unintentional error in a news story (which we've incidentally immediately corrected after it was pointed out), but you are of course free to believe what you like. :)

Our sources had actually told us the correct version with respect to Patel having been busy yesterday. It was an error that crept in during editing and we're happy to accept that it was ours alone.

However, whether Patel declined to take any action yesterday (which is literally still true) or declined to take immediate action because he was in a meeting, actually do not change the story fundamentally.

We also reached out to comment to Patel yesterday but got no response.
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Like +11 Object -1 Tractor 20 Apr 17, 18:25  interesting
Kian, he was in a meeting from from 9 AM on April 19, 2017 until 4 PM on April 20, 2017? He could not hear out the students on April 19, 2017 right after the students walked out of the workshop is completely understandable, but he could have had heard them out in the afternoon or evening on the same day (its a completely residential college I believe), or anytime during the next day. Blocks of students walking out/ having to walk out of a 'guest lecture/ workshop' at a national law school is generally (and supposed to be) a pretty serious issue! "We are sure we will be given a hearing"... Seems like GNLU students need to take appointment and wait in queue to meet their college director.
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Like +0 Object -2 Another GNLU Student 20 Apr 17, 19:37
Dear Tractor,

Please read comment no. 1 on this article. I'll reproduce it for you:

"We were unable to voice our concerns regarding the session before the Director, since he was in a meeting when we sought a hearing. Yet, he asked us to submit our grievances in writing to him. The same was done by us today (20 April 2017), at 4:30 PM."

He agreed to hear us out yesterday itself. However, the students believed that it would be better if we had an all-batch consensus before discussing certain issues with the Director. It was an informed decision taken by the students, not to approach the Director yesterday (after we were told he was in a meeting and could meet us only after an hour or so). We did what we had to today and have submitted our letter for appointment.

We respect his schedule and as such seek appointment before meeting him, especially when we are seeking quite a bit of his time to discuss issues with us. Just for your information, GNLU students can meet him even at a short notice (or no notice at all). He is always ready to listen/hear us out. But, as I said, we respect his schedule and seek appointments.
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Like +0 Object -0 Tractor 21 Apr 17, 14:48
Dear Another GNLU Student,

Please read comment number 6.1 on this article. I'll reproduce it for you:

"I have had experience with Bimal Patel and his so-called "Meetings" that he is busy with. Bimal Patel doesn't give a shit about students' welfare, and him telling the students to submit grievances in writing is basically him trying to make the students feel involved so that he can carry on doing his own bullshit..."

Views of alumni says a lot.


P.S: Also, the last thing GNLU could do was write the e-mail in correct English:

"This is to inform you that GNLU is organizing a workshop on ‘Mind Power’ which is scheduled on 19th April 2017. It is mandatory to (for) all students and (of ) all batches to participate in the workshop. The attendance will be taken to those who present." (the last line is horribly wrong).
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(2) ... [It is advisable to (that) the students to (be) seat (seated) in the Auditorium latest by 8:50AM].

(3) No student shall (be) allow (allowed) to go out during the specified session except the break (plural? two breaks were there as per the email).

Well, thats quite a pathetic e-mail from a premiere law school.
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Like +3 Object -5 GuestOne 21 Apr 17, 00:57
You're an idiot for think Kian here is a journalist. What "facts" do you expect Mister Long Face to verify?? He can verify NOTHING because every bit of "action" at LI is from the "reporting trenches" of their cosy office. They survive by encouraging other idiots to submit gossip. It is best to just ignore this stupid site and not visit it, that's the only way he'll learn a lesson. Funny I dont see him doing anything of this sort to the big firms, but then he's the pet poodle / lap dog of the shroffs and the zias.
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Like +3 Object -0 Guest Two 21 Apr 17, 12:49
Hi Guest One are you working at the helm of the BCI? Your English and your choice of words are both suspiciously familiar!!
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Like +1 Object -0 Tractor 21 Apr 17, 14:29
Yet you keep coming back to this website from time to time. And of course, leave comments as well.
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Like +0 Object -0 GNLU Student 2 20 Apr 17, 18:37
Request you to make another correction. It was not a complaint, but a request for a meeting.
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Like +1 Object -1 Gayi Bhais Paani mein 20 Apr 17, 19:30
It is definitely leaked by one of the junior batches who seem to be unaware of what the request application was about and why we decided to go and talk to the administration first before putting it out open for the media sharks to pounce upon. We decided to walk out of the session, meet in the afternoon seeking an appointment with the Director and when we were told he was busy, we submitted him a copy of the things we think should make GNLU a better place. This session's content is one of the issues we are raising in our request application. Even if this session wouldn't have been organised, we would have still gone ahead with other requests to be brought to the notice of the Director. Their are regular meetings of the Director with the student body where we can put forward our grievances if any with respect to the University.
We definitely didnt want the issue to come out like this without hearing the side of the administration. That is why we included it as one of our request in the petition signed by students. You have to hear the other side of the story before making any decision. We have seeked a meeting with the Director and we belive that he will give us his time as he always does. No university is perfect but together with dialogue and conversation, we can make it a better place. Together Let's ignore this unwarranted media coverage and make GNLU even a better place.
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Like +0 Object -3 Another GNLU Student 20 Apr 17, 19:30
"We understand that more than 250 GNLU students have now submitted a written complaint to director Bimal Patel".

We have submitted a letter seeking an appointment with our Director to discuss certain internal issues at our institution. It's not a "complaint". The Director is always available and ready to listen to us. The student community at GNLU respects his busy schedule (I don't think Legally India will understand what 'respect' means, especially when it comes to GNLU). Rest assured, he always gives us a hearing. Please understand the difference between journalism and sensationalism.
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Like +13 Object -2 Former GNLU Student 21 Apr 17, 00:35  interesting
I have had experience with Bimal Patel and his so-called "Meetings" that he is busy with. Bimal Patel doesn't give a shit about students' welfare, and him telling the students to submit grievances in writing is basically him trying to make the students feel involved so that he can carry on doing his own bullshit. I understand that the junior batches don't want GNLU to suffer a bad image, perhaps conscious of how it will reflect during placements, but I'm sorry to say that an NLU which consistently provides ass-kissing as the norm for advancement won't really advance in the long run. Rather than try to make it seem like an LI conspiracy against GNLU, the students should stand up for their rights before its too late.
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Like +3 Object -2 NLU Ranchi Students 20 Apr 17, 19:37
It seems that GNLU students are scared, because they are issuing clarification. Because they are worried that Director will Fali them in examination or Not allow Placement.
Be fearful and make your views.
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Like +5 Object -0 Badshah 20 Apr 17, 23:29  interesting
I hope the director Fali's us all. Who wouldn't want to be like the great Fali?
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Like +2 Object -0 Gormint Aunty 20 Apr 17, 20:37
Ye bik gai hai gormint!
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Like +7 Object -2 ex- GNLU-ite 20 Apr 17, 20:42  interesting
As an alumni of GNLU, I can only say that I am extremely disheartened and disappointed that this the level to which my alma mater has reduced to.

I am so glad I got out of that jail.

May my juniors get through this in one piece. I actually have zero faith in BimPa. As long as Modi is in power, there is no way anyone can touch him.
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Like +0 Object -17 GNLU member 20 Apr 17, 20:43
This is dramabaazi by Legally India and few mischevious GNLU students. The truth is that Prof Bimal Patel is the best VC in the country and also the most eminent VC. Because Prof Patel has the support of Shri Narendra Modi ji and doing such good work, some jealous elements from Congress are doing slander and insulting Gujarat. That is why Mr Kian (Congress supporter) and some students (member of the Congress youth wing NSUI) is doing this. As Gujarat assembly election approaches more such stories will come.

For information Dr Adhia is a reknowned person and this session was of huge benefit to all students.
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Like +3 Object -0 Lol 20 Apr 17, 22:43
@Kian.. you are now a congress supporter...... hahahahahah
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Like +2 Object -1 Badshah 20 Apr 17, 23:28
Cut the crap. The above comments are right about it being an appointment for a meeting and all, but don't push it.

Dr. Adhia is no better than an evangelist who misleads and fools people with pseudo science, which is why the meeting is happening. Don't be a kissass. Have some self respect and opinions of your own.
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Like +8 Object -0 Gujarati 21 Apr 17, 06:50  interesting
Give me a break...
So now Bimpa is so important personality that he can became a talking point of Gujarat Election and also Congress has nothing to do other than run news against Bimpa. I think Bimpa has over estimated his popularity.
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Like +3 Object -1 Tractor 21 Apr 17, 15:10
HAHAHAHA !

Funny is an underestimation !

Congress maligning BimPa in hope of winning Gujarat assembly elections.

Dear GNLU Member, like really? What are you smoking?
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Like +3 Object -1 Guest 20 Apr 17, 20:46
Legally India has been very soft on the VCs of Bangalore, Jodhpur and Bhopal. Please criticise everyone equally.
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Like +0 Object -0 Gnlu alumni 21 Apr 17, 00:25
Great stuff guys! Alas some resistance put up by the students against the highhandedness of the Patel led administration.
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Like +0 Object -0 hi 21 Apr 17, 00:34
As a GNLU alum - love the college BUT HATE BIMAL - since he started as VC, these random stupid and lame things started alsong - hes a dictator
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Like +2 Object -3 4th Year Student 21 Apr 17, 00:45
LI is always behind GNLU and always writes some thing about. LI report is unauthentic, see comments and corrected version. LI never writes anything for other NLUs. Some thing was organised for the benefit of the students. This happens if any speaker is not tested earlier may be worth or useless. Please note when students and staff left no body stopped them. GNLU director is always available to students however looking his status we should have gone with appointment. Then also he informed to give in writing. As a law student I understand some thing in writing is having more value than discussed orally. My fellow student should understand that Nagative, unauthentic and biased reporting directly and indirectly affects our internship and placement. We student community should MUST think on this.
As I look administration is very supportive however we should not allow to tarnish the image which may affect our internship and placement. If we compare there is no nEWS from other NLUs except their appreciative news.
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Like +8 Object -2 Badshah 21 Apr 17, 11:20  interesting
I'm a GNLU-ite, and I'd like to point out that the article is completely true. Do not point out a bias when none is existing. The only sad part is that the article was out a bit prematurely.

Whatever do you mean that nobody tried to stop the students from leaving? Did the staff do a favour on us? This is not an error in arranging a speaker- this is a huge blunder. Pseudo science speakers do not belong in a university. The speaker refused to address any students who were questioning him, and told them to shut up. We cannot have such suppression of creative liberal thinking by instilling garbage ideas of mental power. The worst part is that the program, which is regressive for the society as a whole, was organised by the university, so one can assume university funds were utilized.

Do not try to curb dissent from the fear of creating a bad image for GNLU. What I see here is brave GNLU students who are standing up to the administration. It is these students who are making history for GNLU, who are creating a good image for the university. If you continue to kiss ass due to such baseless fears, you shall be responsible for creating an autocratic atmosphere where the students have no voice.

Please, wake up and smell the coffee. The article is not showing GNLU students in a bad light at all. It is showing them as a beacon of hope, as future leaders. I believe firms look for such future leaders, so do not worry about your internships.
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Like +2 Object -2 adfad 21 Apr 17, 06:24
What the hell does "request for appointment" mean? He is the VC of the university and if the University is functioning, he should be available during office hours.

With all the criticisms that NUJS VC receives (most being legitimate), at least he does not shy from meeting students and one surely students don't need an appointment to meet him.
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Like +0 Object -2 Bhadwi Aunty 21 Apr 17, 14:16
Yeh Bik gayi hay Legally India!
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Like +1 Object -3 Guest 21 Apr 17, 17:09
Narendra Modiji = Lion of India

Hasmukh Adhiaji = Tiger of civil service

Prof Bimal Patel = Diamond of legal education
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Like +7 Object -1 Reality 21 Apr 17, 20:07  interesting
Want to Know How Diamond of Legal India Teaches International Law?

BIMPA divides the students of the class into different countries and now the group belonging to different countries ask questions to each other, now the answers are to be prepared by students only whom the questions is asked. So what BIMPA does in the class "HE OBSERVES".
So BIMPA is not even a law graduate so what one expects nothing.
Please have feat of God when writing false statements.
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Like +1 Object -1 Reality 21 Apr 17, 20:09
GNLU students are Scared, what they will do if they are not able to take stand for themselves......
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Like +2 Object -1 Shots Pandey 21 Apr 17, 19:34
It is very surprising that the student body did not add in a complaint about the poor language the invite was drafted in. Case in point, "The attendance will be taken to those who present". First,one does not 'take' attendance to those who (are) present. Secondly, and more importantly, even if one were to interpret it as attendance being marked, 'to those who present' has the effect of implying that only those students who make a presentation of sorts would be marked present. The professor teaching English ought to take extra classes for the administrative staff.
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Like +2 Object -0 Badshah 21 Apr 17, 19:54
Don't point out unnecessary things. Good English isn't good education. The admin staff is pretty good, even though they may not speak impeccable English.
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Like +1 Object -4 My GNLU 21 Apr 17, 19:45
Iam proud to be gnluite. We support our University, Students Unity and Administration.
Keep on growing GNLU
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Like +0 Object -1 For Kian 23 Apr 17, 22:05
GNLU has now actually uploaded photos of the event at - https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheGNLU/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1614610928552372

One of the photos of audience members getting pricked by needles is
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 24 Apr 17, 15:30
this is saddening.
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Like +0 Object -0 Oh my! 04 May 17, 12:29
Just wondering..was he using the same needle on all the students? Was it new or the same one he uses in all his sessions, pricking multiple people with it? Who checked? This can have serious health implications, no?
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Like +0 Object -0 Hoes of the garden 01 May 17, 15:28
The Junior batches are becoming slaves of this Patel who threatnnes them with academic consequences always.
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