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NLS registrar OV Nandimath resigns post Sudhir appointment controversy

NLSIU Bangalore registrar Prof OV Nandimath has resigned from his position but will remain as part of faculty, according to a number of press reports (see below).

Students had publicly blamed him for delaying the appointment of new vice-chancellor (VC) Prof Sudhir Krishnaswamy last week.

Nandimath had told us earlier this month, however, that he had not been to blame and was just a “messenger” and that delays had been caused by delays in the system.

Nandimath did not respond to a message seeking comment today.

After the controversy over the delay in the appointment of the new Vice Chancellor of National Law School of India University (NLSIU), the Registrar of the university on Saturday submitted his resignation from his administrative post.

The Hindu

However, his appointment to the position of a registrar in 2013 was controversial even then, with the NLSIU alumni contesting his appointment, because his selection had been made outside established procedure and because other, more senior candidates had been passed over, according to a letter by NLSIU alumnus, Vikram Raghavan in July 2013...

According to senior students at NLSIU, this entailed him submitting incomplete documents to the Chief Justice of India, and introducing a clause asking for confirmation of receipt of the appointment letter from members of the EC, which was no part of the protocol...

A copy of his email, which was given to DH, showed him asking to be recused from the responsibilities of the appointment process. “This will probably instil confidence in the student body,” he had written, in an email dated, September 16, 2019. However, this offer was rejected by Professor Ramesh.


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