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For 1st time in 12 years, NLS Bangalore to recruit permanent teachers: Wants 13, incl 2 full profs

The last attempt to hire permanent faculty in 2017, was scuppered by the high court

Law School targets new Teaches
Law School targets new Teaches

NLSIU Bengaluru has put out a call for 13 new faculty members at various levels, marking the first time NLS has put out an outside recruitment call since 2017 and also the first ad for permanent professors in law in more than 10 years.

We have reached out to NLS vice chancellor Prof Sudhir Krishnaswamy for comment.

In 2017, we had reported that Krishnaswamy’s predecessor since 2009, Prof Venkat Rao, had put out an ad for five assistant professors after pressure from the Student Bar Association (SBA).

It had been the first such recruitment for permanent faculty at India’s oldest national law school since 2008.

However, it is understood that this recruitment was ultimately stalled and never completed or resulted in new joiners.

Correction: The recruitment was not stayed by the high court, as originally reported, but we understand it had been stopped by opposition of an internal council.

As such, if this call for new permanent faculty goes through, it would be the first time new professors join laterally at NLSIU in more than a decade.

Timelines are rapid: after the application deadline of 15 February, interviews of shortlisted candidates would be carried out between 18 and 20 February.

More details on requirements and application process available on NLS’ website.

According to the notification on its website, NLSIU would like applications for law teachers, by 15 February, in the following positions:

  • 2 professors at the second-highest level 14 pay band under the 7th Pay Commission (coming to a salary of around Rs 1.442 lakh per month),
  • 1 associate professor, at the level 13A pay band (with monthly remuneration of Rs 1.314 lakh),
  • 8 assistant professors at the lowest level 10 pay band (at Rs 57,700 salary per month).

One position each amongst the 8 assistant professors in law are reserved for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates respectively.

It is also looking for two assistant professors in social sciences (see specialisations required below).

In 2008, NLSIU had hired (then) Dr Ashok R Patil as its consumer law chair and professor.

The reasons NLS had not hired any permanent professors may have included that salaries of non-permanent faculty are usually lower than the UGC payscales, which can result in higher staff turnover.

The Karnataka state government has planned to increase a student state quota at NLS to 25%, and may informally request that a total of 47.5% of students should come from Karnataka, including SC/ST reservations.

Law specialisations of new wanted profs: HR, law society, jurisprudence, crim, consti, property, commercial
Law specialisations of new wanted profs: HR, law society, jurisprudence, crim, consti, property, commercial

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