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NLS Tamil Nadu gets first NLS-educated vice chancellor as IAS’ Arun Roy seeks to build excellence

Arun Roy
Arun Roy
V Arun Roy, a 2002-batch NLSIU Bangalore graduate and Tamil Nadu Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, has taken charge of the Common Law Admission Test’s (CLAT’s) newest member, the Tamil Nadu-based National Law School Srirangam.

He joined as acting vice chancellor (VC) on Friday after its previously VC N Murugavel abruptly left, as first reported by The Hindu.

Roy said that he was on the finance committee of the law school, having most recently been joint secretary in the state for finance.

He told Legally India that he could be in the role for “maybe a year”, until a new VC was found.

“I've run districts before, but not law schools,” Roy commented.  “In my wildest dreams i never imagined, that I'd run a law school. Once I joined IAS I thought I’d never go back to law.”

“The real challenge I see is to get quality faculty. My main task right now is to rope in good faculty across the country. Once good faculty is in place, the standard of education will increase. I hope to take the help of my ex-classmates who are active in legal circles who are interested in teaching.”

Roy added that he hoped to gradually implement some ideas from “already existing institutions of excellence”: “Maybe I'll make a visit to NLS and Nalsar Hyderabad.”

Since starting in Tamil Nadu’s IAS, Roy has been assistant collector, sub-collector, then deputy secretary of budget for three-and-a-half years in charge of the state budget, then collector of two districts.

He then returned to finance as joint secretary, most recently also acting as managing director of Poompuhar Shipping Corporation.

“From shipping to running law school, it’s quite a sea change,” he quipped.

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