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NLU Assam gets new VC from K’taka U: JS Patil to focus on campus, local laws

JS Patil to be latest face of NLU Assam
JS Patil to be latest face of NLU Assam

The former vice chancellor of Karnataka State Law University, Dr JS Patil, has been appointed as NLU Assam Guwahati’s s new vice chancellor (VC).

He has been professor at the department of postgraduate studies and research in law at Gulbarga University, where he had been since 1995, with several deputations to other colleges, including his 2009-2013 vice-chancellorship of Karnataka State Law University.

He succeeds VC Vijender Kumar, who we reported in May 2016 to have been looking to leave; Yugal Kishore seems to have taken over as acting VC at Assam since then.

Patil will start on 5 October, and commented: “It is a good opportunity. I have 35-36 years of experience in field of legal academics, and I have already served as the founder VC of Karnataka State Law University, which is an affiliating university affiliating about 100 universities in Karnataka.”

He added that he hoped his background should help hi build Guwahati’s NLU into a premier institution such as NLSIU, Nalsar Hyderabad, NUJS Kolkata and others.

Patil acknowledge that it was a “very challenging task” but said he had the right experience for it.

The immediate concerns, he predicted, would be to finalise the construction of two hostels, which would result in moving the campus from downtown into a new main campus where two blocks were already finished, as well as activities to promote the library, including online and e-library projects.

He said he was also hoping to customise the LLB, LLM and PhD programmes to “regional requirements”, including for instance international law issues relating to the Brahmaputra river, with “study circle projects”.

He said he hoped to also focus “to build Indian jurisprudence”, conducting research on “local cultural laws”, study of which needs to be “rejuvenated”, according to Patil.

“India is not just one nation but multiple nations in diversity,” he said.

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