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Breaking: Prof Venkat Rao reelected as NLSIU Bangalore VC

Rao: 'God given opportunity'
Rao: 'God given opportunity'

Professor Venkat Rao has been reelected as NLSIU Bangalore vice chancellor (VC) for another term of five years.

He was voted in for a second term around noon today by the college's executive committee of 19, confirmed committee member Rahul Singh.

“I feel this is a God given opportunity to me to serve this institution,” Rao told Legally India. “I will strive of course to justify the confidence reposed in me and take the law school to new heights.”

He said that with the 25 year anniversary of the first national law school’s founding, he hoped to keep moving forward. “Any achievement becomes meaningless once you achieve it and people who don't have any present would like to bank on the past.”

Rao noted that NLSIU could not afford to “let down” all the stakeholders, including alumni, and he would do everything to fulfil their “increasing expectation”.

When he was first elected into the post in 2009, Rao vowed to internationally expand the law school, which he dubbed the “Harvard of the East”, under a new advisory board of prominent corporate lawyers.

In March of last year an alumnus and temporary faculty member, Sidharth Chauhan, who is now at Nalsar Hyderabad, claimed that he had been dismissed without having been given reasons after criticising Rao, and in an open letter called for a “leadership change” because of slipping academic standards.

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