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NLS grad Sudhir Krishnaswamy to be NLS VC (subject to final CJI sign off)

Prof Sudhir K nearly cert to be next NLS VC now
Prof Sudhir K nearly cert to be next NLS VC now

Azim Premji University professor, Prof Sudhir Krishnaswamy, is overwhelmingly likely to be the next vice chancellor (VC) of NLSIU Bangalore (and the first alumni to take charge at their own alma mater national law school).

The committee tasked with re-interviewing the three short-listed candidates for the position, has in its meeting on 23 July recommended Krishnaswamy’s name as VC, and circulated its decision to the NLSIU executive council (EC) (see full minutes below).

It is understood that the EC had in its previous meeting decided it would accept whatever recommendation the committee would circulate, with his appointment now only being subject to sign off by the Chief Justice of India (CJI), as chancellor of NLSIU.

Krishnaswamy is a 1998 NLSIU graduate, who also holds a BCL and Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford University.

Last month the EC had decided to delay the decision to pick a VC, despite the search committee having made a clear recommendation.

Contrary to rumours that the search would restart from scratch, however, the committee talked to the three candidates again later in July and has now reiterated its recommendation.

Besides Krishnaswamy, the three finalists in the VC race were SLS Pune director Prof Sashikala Gurpur and NLU Odisha VC Prof Srikrishna Deva Rao.

While it is theoretically possible, it is highly unlikely that the CJI will delay the VC appointment process further, which had begun in February 2019.

Since 1 August, professor of environmental law, Dr MK Ramesh took over as interim VC of NLSIU after Prof R Venkat Rao’s term formally ended on 31 July 2019.

The committee recommends, signalling end of drawn-out VC selection process
The committee recommends, signalling end of drawn-out VC selection process

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