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NUJS Kolkata VC Ishwara Bhat gets five more years despite student resistance

Ishwara Bhat's term as NUJS VC extended by 5 years
Ishwara Bhat's term as NUJS VC extended by 5 years

At an NUJS Kolkata executive committee meeting today (24 September), the term of vice chancellor (VC) Ishwara Bhat was extended for five years, according to several authoritative sources.

We have reached out to Bhat for comment.

Bhat’s term was due to expire on 1 December 2016, after having been appointed in November 2011 from Mysore University (at the time, he said that “NUJS has an excellent faculty and a very good name. Former VCs have built NUJS’ reputation and I will continue to maintain that tradition and strive for excellence").

It is understood that the EC meeting agenda item to discuss the extension of his tenure was unexpectedly added earlier in the week for today’s meeting.

Some students and faculty are understood to have resisted his extension, bemoaning a declining quality in faculty, lacklustre faculty recruitment, as well as a general lack of transparency from the administration.

We also recently reported on the VC deciding to continue with a contract that a judicial inquiry held to be illegal, and on the university having paid a former judge Rs 75,000 to produce a draft of service rules that were derided as “patently illegal”, draconian, plagiarised and “suicidal”.

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