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Nalsar starts court management MBA; Coffers to benefit Rs 2 cr

Nalsar Hyderabad has launched what it’s touting as India’s first ever masters of business administration (MBA) for court managers.

On 1 August 2013 the law school will begin classes for the two-year full time MBA, specialising in court management, corporate governance and financial services and capital markets after a 30 June entrance exam. Final selections will be made after group discussions and personal interviews but from next year students would be admitted through management school entrance exams CAT and GMAT.

The postgraduate degree course will be open to 60 graduates from any discipline who are less than 30 years old when classes begin.

Nalsar Hyderabad vice chancellor Faizan Mustafa said: “The [Nalsar] act says that Nalsar can offer courses in any discipline. One, it is talking of comprehensive legal education at all levels and then [it allows us] to organise advanced and total research in all branches of law, to establish specialised study centres and other units for research and instruction as are necessary in the opinion of the university.”

Mustafa told Legally India that while the Supreme Court had allowed colleges to conduct management courses without permission from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Nalsar would be applying for approval of the body nevertheless.

“We are not shying away from any assessment and accreditation,” he said. “AICTE mandates 85 credits to get an MBA degree, but [our courses] are having more than 120 credits. Our course is much heavier than what they demand.”

The law school would make around Rs 2 crores in revenues if the new course is fully subscribed, with individual fees ranging between Rs 3.25 lakhs and Rs 3.75 lakhs, plus additional expenses. Mustafa had said in March that Nalsar was facing a revenue shortage of around Rs 1 crore after several distance learning courses offered at the law school were shut down in 2012, as reported by Legally India.

He added that some existing faculty would teach the new courses, though more would be hired.

Mustafa said that work on the syllabi for the new course began six months ago. Nalsar stated in its press release:

“The University was already running two courses i.e. Masters in Business Law and Administration and Masters in Financial Services and Capital Markets. A review committee consisting of several management experts including professors of IIMs, Osmania University and JNTU University was appointed to review these courses. The committee suggested upgradation of the courses and accordingly Nalsar is launching a new MBA programme which is first of its kind in the country.

“All High Courts have been asked to recruit court managers. Accordingly, number of High Courts such as Madras, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Bombay and Guwahati have recruited hundreds of court managers.

“No business school in India presently offers Court Management as a specialization in its MBA programme. Though various High Courts have recruited just M.B.As. but an ordinary MBA would not be able to contribute meaningfully to the justice management system unless he/she has a very thorough grounding in the justice system. Similarly adequate knowledge of core management areas is necessary to make judicial system efficient and effective.”

The notification inviting applications for the courses on Nalsar’s website states:

The University is inviting applications for Two Years full-time campus based M.B.A. Programme with major specialization in ‘Court Management’ or ‘Corporate Governance’ or ‘Financial Services and Capital Markets’ and minor specialization in ‘Marketing Management’ or ‘Human Resource Management’ or ‘Business Regulations’ with an objective of carving-out future managers having cutting edge knowledge and expertise in management and law.

With novel, and unique major-minor specialization system, the M.B.A. Programme is first of its kind in India as it helps in developing legal and management acumen to excel in highly competitive global business environment.

Upon successful completion of the programme graduates will not only be suitable for recruitment as Court Managers but would also excel in the Corporate Houses, Financial Markets, Insurance Companies, Banks, Law Firms, Consulting Firms, Industry, Government, Media Houses, NBFC, Public Sector Undertakings etc.

The syllabus structure for court management, as specified in the notification, includes: “Justice Jurisprudence, Introduction to Justice Management, Judicial Process and Court Structure, Leadership and Justice Delivery System, Case Flow Management, Judicial Responsiveness Management, e-Court Management, Judicial Reforms”

A body called the National Court Management Systems (NCMS) was established in May 2012 by an office order of then Chief Justice of India (CJI) SH Kapadia.

The office order stated that the NCMS, under the CJI, will set performance standards for Indian courts, monitor and enhance those performance standards, set up a system of case management, a national system of judicial statistics, a court development planning system, and a human resource development strategy.

NLU Jodhpur also offers an MBA in insurance, claiming that this is the first law school in India to offer an honours degree in business law, according to Business Today.

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