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Big shoes to fill: NLU Delhi constitutes hunting party for Ranbir Singh’s very attractive VC job

Ranbir Singh NLU Delhi era to end soon
Ranbir Singh NLU Delhi era to end soon

NLU Delhi has instituted a selection committee to look for a successor to vice-chancellor (VC) Prof Ranbir Singh, who started the law school in 2008 and is due to retire soon.

The position is likely to be a hotly contested one.

NLU Delhi has done well since founding when compared against other younger law schools (in part helped by generous funding from the Delhi government and the highly controversial decision to keep it outside the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)).

Furthermore, its location in Delhi would allow the new boss plenty of hobnobbing opportunities with the political and judicial elites, which makes this one of the sexier NLU postings for pretty much any academic in India.

The three members of the selection committee are, according to authoritative sources:

  • NLU Jabalpur VC Prof Balraj Chauhan (and former VC of RMLNLU Lucknow and NLIU Bhopal), who was nominated by NLU Delhi’s executive council (EC),
  • NLIU Bhopal VC Prof V Vijaykumar is the nominee of the University Grants Commission (UGC), and
  • Delhi high court Justice GS Sistani has been nominated by the university’s chancellor.

We understand that the selection committee is yet to meet.

Singh was re-appointed as NLU Delhi VC in July 2013 for a second five-year term, after founding the university in 2008.

He had been founding VC of Nalsar Hyderabad in 2008, and was professor at NLSIU Bangalore between 1996 and 1997.

We have not been able to confirm his last day in office (which, by the book, should have expired in mid-2018).

We have reached out to Singh for more information.

Update 23:12: Thanks to commenter @19 below for sharing the notification of Singh’s extension dated 20 July 2018: his term will basically expire any time before 23 September 2020.

Ranbir Singh’s extension, potentially until 2020
Ranbir Singh’s extension, potentially until 2020

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