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NUJS finally constitutes 16-years-overdue review commission, 9 months after resolving to

1st NUJS review commission: Mohan Gopal, Faizan Mustafa, Lalit Magotra (L to R)
1st NUJS review commission: Mohan Gopal, Faizan Mustafa, Lalit Magotra (L to R)

NUJS Kolkata has finally constituted its 16-years-overdue review commission, nine months after former Chief Justice of India (CJI) TS Thakur signed a resolution to institute a judicial review of the law school.

The commission will be headed by Prof Mohan Gopal who is the director at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies Dehradun, confirmed a source with knowledge of the process. Nalsar Hyderabad vice chancellor Prof Faizan Mustafa and former Jammu University physics department head Prof Lalit Magotra are the other two members on the three-member commission, it is understood.

Justice Thakur had signed off the resolution to institute a review of NUJS on 12 November 2016 while attending its general council meeting as its then ex-officio chancellor.

NUJS, like other national law universities, is under the statutory obligation of being reviewed by such a commission every five years but this current commission is the first ever such body constituted for the law school's review in its entire history.

The resolution to institute this first review followed a Student Juridical Association (SJA) resolution moved before the administration asking for such review.

NUJS VC Prof Ishwara Bhat said that he was yet to receive an official confirmation for the review commission having been constituted and did not know when the commission would begin its investigation.

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