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Mrinal Satish to return to NLU Delhi from DJA (but not as VC), as searchers to convene next month • 1 NLS grad in running

Mrinal Satish: To return to NLU Delhi, but definitely not interested in being VC
Mrinal Satish: To return to NLU Delhi, but definitely not interested in being VC

The search committee for the new vice chancellor (VC) of NLU Delhi is likely to meet early next month, according to a source with knowledge of the process.

Contrary to rumours (mostly in LI comments), no shortlist has been drawn up for the post yet at present and the search committee has not yet met to consider any applications.

Neither (contrary to anonymous comments and speculation) has NLU Delhi Prof Mrinal Satish applied for the post. “Absolutely not,” he told us by phone today when asked. “Neither have I applied, nor am I interested.”

That said, Satish will be returning to NLU Delhi full-time, after his stint as chairperson of the Delhi Judicial Academy (DJA) since 20 December 2018.

The 2001 NLSIU Bangalore graduate and 2007 Yale Law School LLM confirmed that he had informed the Delhi high court recently that he would like to resign from the DJA to focus on his teaching and academics by the end of the year (Satish’s appointment had been challenged by an NGO claiming he did not require requisite 30 years of teaching experience for the post, although the Delhi high court’s chief justice has wide powers to relax those requirements).

Who’ll be the next Ranbir?

As far as who will be next VC at NLU Delhi, the field remains wide open.

NLSIU 1994 graduate and Texas A&M University law professor Srividhya Ragavan has confirmed to Bar & Bench that she had been “tapped up” for the post of VC at NLU Delhi and asked to provide qualifications, while “reliable sources” had told B&B that NLU Odisha VC Prof Srikrishna Deva Rao and Prof PS Jaswal were also “contenders” for the post.

We have not been able to independently confirm current applicants for the position.

The entire application process for the position is being coordinated online by the convenor of the search committee, which is Delhi high court Justice GS Sistani, and it is understood that snail-mail applications are being forwarded from NLU Delhi directly to the high court office responsible for the process.

The two academics on the search committee are NLU Jabalpur VC Prof Balraj Chauhan, NLIU Bhopal VC Prof V Vijaykumar.

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