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As it had widely signposted, the Supreme Court has taken a tragically overdue but also eventually progressive step by decriminalising consensual sexual acts between persons of the same sex today, which had infamously been prohibited under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. It held Section 377 to be arbitrary, irrational and unconstitutional.

Student bar associations (SBAs) and similar bodies from NLSIU Bangalore, NUJS Kolkata, Nalsar Hyderabad, NLU Delhi, NLU Jodhpur and NLIU Bhopal have made a joint statement in support of the protesting students of HNLU Raipur and other national law schools to “stand up against the arbitrary and regressive behaviour of their administrations”.

Large numbers of HNLU Raipur students have been assembled overnight since 10pm yesterday outside of college, following the high court’s ruling that the 2014 extension of their vice chancellor’s tenure had been made illegally, as we had first reported yesterday.

NLSIU Bangalore has been embroiled in an internal plagiarism row, when a professor allegedly copied up to 48% of a report that formed part of its National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) submissions, from a number of websites.

The re-appointment of Sukh Pal Singh, the vice chancellor of HNLU Raipur, was illegal, the Chhattisgarh high court held today, annulling the 2014 five-year-extension of his term.

NUJS Kolkata acting registrar Madhumati Mishra resigned from the post last week, after completed nearly three months at the law school, in an interim appointment that had only been meant to last two months.

HNLU Raipur may soon adopt a school-song, if its executive council approves of a version submitted for its consideration by the vice chancellor, who paid a professional studio to record it being sung by celebrity professional singers Shaan and Saadhna Sharma.

The national law universities (NLU) are, as expected, missing again from the annual and quite prestigious QS World University Rankings released on 6 June, which have 29 Indian universities featuring in its overall rankings and 79 Indian universities on its list of top universities only from BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) countries.

NLIU Bhopal is in the final stages of forming a Student Body Association (SBA), for the first time in the law school’s 21 years of existence. The students are set to submit the SBA’s draft constitution to its administration by tomorrow, following an eight-month-long consultation process.

NUJS Kolkata and other national law schools are now debarred from offering any online course going forward under the new rules notified by the University Grants Commission (UGC), just as NUJS had started down the path of controversy surrounding its online certificate, diploma and degree courses.

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