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End of Bimal Patel decade at GNLU: Director vacancy advertised, month after his term expired

10 years of Bimal Patel at GNLU
10 years of Bimal Patel at GNLU

GNLU Gandhinagar has invited applications for the post of director until 24 December as GNLU director Dr Bimal Patel will be retiring from his position after serving at the law school for 10 years in two consecutive terms as director.

According to the establishing GNLU Act 2003, terms of directors are limited to a maximum of two consecutive five-year terms.

As per the advertisement published yesterday on GNLU’s website:

Applications are invited for the appointment of Director from distinguished academicians/scholars of law with published works of high quality to their credit with minimum of ten years of experience as Professor of Law in a University; or ten years of experience in a reputed research and/or academic administrative or legal organization with proof of having demonstrated academic leadership. The person possessing the highest level of competence, integrity, morals and institutional commitment is to be appointed as Director and shall not be more than 65 years of age. The Director shall hold office for a term of five years and shall be eligible for re-appointment for a further term only, as per the University Act.

It is understood that Patel’s second five year term as director ended around 2 November, but the notification for a new position was only issued yesterday.

According to an authoritative GNLU source, Patel will continue in the post until the appointment of his successor, according to the decision of GNLU’s executive council.

We have put in a call, message and email for comment to Patel about his plans.

Patel’s term as director at GNLU was renewed for five years in November 2014 following a glowing review commission report that painted GNLU as the picture of administrative effectiveness.

However, observations from the Gujarat high court for the last few years have repeatedly told a different story about Patel’s administration, often calling it arbitrary and unfair.

GNLU does not yet have a political student body unlike other national universities whose student bar associations have recently taken rigorous action against their law schools’ unsatisfactory administrations.

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