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New NUJS VC confirmed: KIIT’s NK Chakrabarti to hopefully join within a week • EC shelves quotas talks this year

NK Chakrabarti confirmed as new NUJS VC
NK Chakrabarti confirmed as new NUJS VC

NUJS Kolkata’s executive council (EC) has confirmed KIIT School of Law Bhubaneswar director, Prof NK Chakrabarti, as its next vice chancellor.

As we had first reported on 7 June, his name had been the formal choice of the university’s chancellor and Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi.

Speaking to Chakrabarti today, he confirmed that the EC had passed his appointment, and said he hoped to be able to join NUJS within a week after submitting his resignation to KIIT.

While he had to rush into a meeting, he added that he had many things to say and plans for NUJS, and would comment further in due course.

His confirmation will hopefully provide some much needed stability in NUJS, which has been without a regular VC for more than 15 months after previous VC Prof Ishwara Bhat left after student protests. Bhat had been was replaced with government appointee and former judge Amit Talukdar as interim VC, as the search process for a new VC faced repeated delays.

Update 18:30: The EC resolution from today states:

It is resolved that in view of the letter of Hon’ble Chancellor, Prof Nirmal Kanti Chakrabarti, Director, School of Law, KIIT University, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha is hereby appointed as the Vice Chancellor of this University for the period of five years from the date he assumes office.

The outgoing Vice Chancellor (Acting) is authorized to issue the appointment letter to Prof Nirmal Kanti Chakrabarti providing him 15 days time from the date of receipt of the appointment letter to join the post as per usual terms and conditions in conformity with the relevant Acts and rules. The appointment letter be issued on the next working day.

On the joining of the new Vice Chancellor, Justice Amit Talukdar shall handover charge to the new Vice Chancellor and shall stand relieved from his duties.

The Executive Council members records deep appreciation for the support and services rendered by Hon’ble Justice Amit Talukdar as Acting Vice Chancellor.

Domicile quotas off the cards for this year

Furthermore, we understand from an authoritative campus source that the NUJS EC has also decided to shelve the controversial 30% domicile quota floated by the West Bengal government, would not be implemented this academic year.

The reasoning is understood to have included that since the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) results and first lists were already out, it would risk legal challenges to implement the change at such time.

Yesterday, we had published an article by former NUJS student association president Arjun Agarwal, arguing against hasty implementation of domicile quotas.

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