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First proper NUJS VC in 15 months to be NK Chakrabarti from KIIT • CJI clears name for EC

Nirmal Kanti Chakrabarti gets nod from CJI about being the next VC
Nirmal Kanti Chakrabarti gets nod from CJI about being the next VC

NUJS Kolkata chancellor and Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has confirmed his selection of Prof NK Chakrabarti as his formal choice to be the next vice chancellor (VC) to lead NUJS Kolkata, according to an email sent internally by the Student Juridical Association (SJA) to students.

Once the NUJS Executive Council meets again it can then discuss and confirm his appointment. This will probably happen after the university reopens from holidays.

Chakrabarti is currently director of KIIT School of Law in Bhubaneswar, Odisha (at least since 2013, from what we can parse from his profile and KIIT’s website). He holds a PhD in criminal justice. According to the website, he has previously worked as a professor at Calcutta University, and as adjunct professor at IIT Kharagpur (full KIIT profile copy below).

The other three contenders listed for the CJI to choose between after the search process were Prof VC Vivekanandan, and Prof SD Sharma.

If his appointment proceeds smoothly, this would mark 15 months since previous VC Ishwara Bhat had resigned and been replaced by interim government-appointed VC Amit Talukdar, as the formal re-appointments process crawled on, with a request for applicants only issued by November 2018.

When asked for a formal comment from the SJA, an office bearer responded with: “Saying anything at this stage would be speculative.”

While the NUJS’ governing act is not entirely clear whether the EC can theoretically veto the Chancellor/CJI’s decision (it recommends that the two work “in consultation”), in practice it seems unlikely that the EC would want to butt heads with the CJI.

The NUJS VC appointment process
The NUJS VC appointment process

KIIT full profile (sic, etc)

Prof Chakrabarti currently working as Director, School of Law, KIIT Deemed to be University obtained his PhD in “Probation in the administration of Criminal Justice in West Bengal: A Critical Appraisal of the system.” Prof Chakrabarti with a teaching experience of 32 years ,also worked as a Professor in Calcutta University, as an adjunct Professor in IIT , khragpur. He has 25 years of research experience and successfully guided 21 PhD scholars. Prof Chakrabarti worked as Joint Co-coordinator, Calcutta Task Force on Govt. of India sponsored Project Reformulation of Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act during 1992-93.with National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore. He has worked as Principal Investigator in UGC-UPE Major Research Project on “Use of Forensic Science in the Administration of Justice in India: A Futuristic Study” in the University of Calcutta from September 2007 to March 2013He has worked as Project Director in ICSSR project on “People’s Perception of Police-Public Relations in the District Capitals of the North Eastern States of India: A Study in Perspective of Community Policing” during 2013-2015. Prof Chkrabarti has 9 books, 3 book reviews and 83 research publication to his credit. Prof Chakrabarti is a member of Editorial Board, International Journal of Legislative Drafting and Law Reforms, London.(ISSN 2025-5183) , member of Advisory Board, Indian Human Rights Law Review(ISSN .2230-7036). Prof Chakrabarti has Participated in Global Law Deans Forum on “Developing Approaches and Standa rds rd for a Global Legal Education” hosted by I E University, Madrid , Spain during 25th -26th October,2015 , and Annual Meeting of International association of Law Schools at Segovia , Spain, during 27th – 29th October,2015. Prof Chakrabarti also went for Research Visit at Max Planck Institute of Foreign and International Criminal Law at Freiburg, Germany in 2017 & 2018. He aalso Delivered a Lecture in the 16th Asian Certificate Course on Victimology, Victim Justice and Victim Assistance at City University, Hong Cong on 5th June 2018. (Indian Society of Victimology in its 10th Biannial Conferrence held at Nirma University, Ahmedabad on 23rd February 2017, conferred Professor K. Chockalingam Award 2017 to Prof Chakrabarti for his contribution in the field of Victimology. Prof Chakrabarti also was awarded Research Fellowship two consecutive years 2017 (June) & 2018 by Max Planck Society, Germany to do a research project on “Universalization of Criminal Jurisdiction in Domestic Legislations” at Max Planck Institute of Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg, Germany, June 13th to 12th July 2018

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