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NLSIU Bangalore broke into the double-octafinal rounds of the World Universities Debating Championship (WUDC) today, becoming the first Indian law school in history to have proceeded to the elimination rounds of the world’s largest debating championship. It has now been knocked out this year.

NLSIU’s Vanshaj Jain, who is also one of India’s five newest Rhodes scholars, and Isha Jain made up the team which was one of the top 48 in this year’s WUDC parliamentary debating championship. The WUDC has over 400 participating teams each year.

The team lost in the double-octafinals after winning nine preliminary rounds to be ranked among the top 48, Vanshaj confirmed. The winners – the top two teams - from the double-octafinals compete with the teams ranked 1-16, in the octafinals, to proceed to the quarter finals, he said.

The WUDC 2017 or the Dutch WUDC, is being hosted by The Hague and is following the British parliamentary debate format. In the double-octafinals, NLSIU faced Stanford A, Western Australia and Queensland universities.

This is the farthest an Indian law school has gone yet in the WUDC, according to the following post on NLSIU’s Facebook page:

This is historic for NLSIU. Isha Jain and Vanshaj Jain have broken at World’s University Debating Championship, 2017. WUDC is the biggest debating championship in which over 400 teams from all over the world, across disciplines, participate. NLS is the first ever law school from India to have achieved this feat. There has only been one Indian team before them to have ever broken at World’s. We are overwhelmed to say the least. We wish them all the best for the rest of the tournament. Needless to say, we are immensely, immensely proud of both of you. :) A huge shout out to Karan Bhuwalka and Ajinkya Deshpandey from IIT Bombay for breaking as well.

The debate is currently in its quarter finals, according to its live video stream, and will hold the final rounds tomorrow.

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Like +13 Object -0 Guest 03 Jan 17, 01:23  interesting  top rated
NLS students have excelled year after year in academics and extra curricular activities, and stood out way above other law schools in India. Sadly, the administration, infrastructure and faculty have deteriorated sharply. NLUD and NALSAR have now moved much ahead in these aspects. The NLS VC basks in the reflected glory of students, who have achieved honours despite the NLS admin and faculty, not because of it.

Why is that that NLS alumni are teaching at NLUD, NALSAR Jindal, Azim Premji etc? Is it because of better pay, or because vested interests at NLS want to keep them out?
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Like +0 Object -0 NLS 04 Jan 17, 08:03
Shall find out soon enough. VC has promised fresh recruitments this year.
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Like +0 Object -1 Alumni 04 Jan 17, 13:39
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Like +1 Object -0 Guest 06 Jan 17, 10:29
BTW alumni should mean BALLB alumni. The LLM alumni at NLS usually do their BALLBs from unknown colleges. Those at other NLUs prefer to do LLMs abroad.
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Like +2 Object -0 Sidharth Chauhan 11 Jan 17, 01:16
The present NLSIU V-C has not hired a single faculty member in a permanent position since he took charge in May 2009. All of the appointments during his tenure have been of a discretionary kind. Younger instructors (mostly recent LL.M. graduates) are brought in as 'ad-hocs' and those who have retired from other Universities or are affiliated to other institutions are engaged as 'Visiting' or 'Adjunct' professors. The last round of recruitments to permanent teaching positions at NLSIU had happened in September 2006. In terms of faculty development, NLSIU is now well behind many of the other Indian Law schools. Given my own history at the institution, I would be pleasantly surprised if the present V-C is actually able to bring in some competent teachers in permanent positions. For the sake of the present and future student, let us hope that he manages to do so.
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