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NUJS to double batch size, open 2 new ‘branches’ in last-minute WB proposal slipped into EC meet today

Last minute addition to EC meeting suggests opening 2 new NUJS campuses
Last minute addition to EC meeting suggests opening 2 new NUJS campuses

A request by the West Bengal state government saw a last minute addition to today’s agenda of the NUJS Kolkata executive council (EC) meeting that extended the tenure of vice chancellor (VC) Ishwara Bhat by five years.

The proposal by the state government, which has not yet been approved, would see NUJS having to double its intake of students from 125 to 250 students and to open up two new branches in the state.

In a letter dated yesterday (23 September, see below) from the West Bengal department of labour to Bhat, the government asked for:

National University of Juridical Sciences, one of the most respected Law institutes of the country, is delivering legal education for more than a decade now.

But the capacity of students in the University is presently 125 per year, although, thousands of students throughout the State are interested to get admission in this reputed institution.

As such it is desired that the intake of students may be increased from 125 to 250 and two branches of this esteemed institution may be opened at Siliguri and Asansol to cater legal education for the students coming from the districts and to facilitate the legal study at their doorsteps.

A last-minute amendment to today’s EC meeting agenda as item AA1 (see copy above) made apparently after receipt of this letter then tabled the government’s proposal “for opening branches of WBNUJS in Siliguri and Asansol”, “up for kind perusal and directions”.

At today’s meeting, which included representation form the state government, the proposal was tabled for the next EC meeting on 12 November.

Bhat has not responded to our messages seeking comment at the time of publication.

Update 26 September: Bhat has told Bar & Bench: “It is just a proposal as of now. The Academic Council has to meet and decide on the feasibility of opening of two new colleges. I cannot say how long it will take to come up with a decision.”

Bhat’s term was extended in the same meeting by five more years despite resistance from students and faculty.

WB Government request to open 2 new NUJS branches
WB Government request to open 2 new NUJS branches

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