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NLU Delhi confirms Ranbir successor: ‘Critical time’ ex-registrar Srikrishna Deva Rao to return as VC post 6 years of heading NLUO

Prof Rao next NLU D VC
Prof Rao next NLU D VC

We can reveal that NLU Delhi’s governing council (GC) has just confirmed the next VC with Prof Srikrishna Deva Rao, the current vice chancellor (VC) of NLU Cuttack in Odisha, according to two authoritative sources.

As we had reported yesterday, the final shortlist had been between Rao and RGNUL Patiala VC Prof Paramjit Jaswal and dean of USSLLS (GGSIPU) Prof Afzal Wani.

Update 18:13: We have reached out to Rao for comment. He said: “Naturally I’m happy because I’ve been with the National Law University Delhi in 2010-14, that was a critical time when professor Ghanshyam Singh, the first registrar, had passed away [while serving in the office of the registrar].”

Rao added that Singh was a great institution builder and he hoped to continue along this path.

Before joining NLU Cuttack as its VC in 2014, he had been at NLU Delhi for four years as a professor of law and, as he had explained above, also as registrar.

Before 2010, from 2004, he had been professor at Indira Gandhi National Open University in Delhi and GNLU Gandhinagar.

Additionally, between 1995 and 1997, he had been lecturer at Delhi University, followed by just over a year at NLSIU Bangalore as assistant professor and nearly six years, until 2004, at Nalsar Hyderabad as assistant and associate professor.

Rao holds an LLM from Kakatiya University, Warangal, a masters in philosophy and law from NLSIU Bangalore and a PhD from Delhi University.

NLU Delhi now finally has a confirmed new VC, after founding vice-chancellor (VC) Prof Ranbir Singh’s 12-year-tenure (and a search process that lasted nearly a year).

And while Prof Singh will remain at NLU Delhi as professor emeritus, the hunt for a successor at NLU Cuttack in Odisha will now have to start.

Prof. Srikrishna Deva Rao Work history From: Aug 2014: Vice Chancellor, NLU Odisha, National Law University, Odisha (Cuttack) Aug 2010 - Aug 2014: Professor of Law and Registrar at National Law University , National Law University, Delhi (Delhi Area) May 2007 - Jul 2010: Professor of Law & Director, School of Law, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi. , Indira Gandhi National Open University (New Delhi Area) Jun 2004 - Apr 2007: Professor of Law and Dean, Gujarat National Law University. , Gujarat National Law University (Gandhinagar) Nov 1998 - Jun 2004: Assistant & Associate Professor, NALSAR, University of Law, Hyderabad. , Nalsar Law University (Hyderabad Area) Jun 1997 - Oct 1998: Assistant Professor, National Law School of India University, Bangalore., National Law School of India University (Bengaluru Area) 1995 - 1997: Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. , Delhi University (New Delhi Area) Education - undefined: Kakatiya University, Warangal,  Master of Law , Criminology - undefined: National Law School of India University,  Master of Philosophy in Law, , Philosophy in Law - undefined: Delhi University, Ph.D, Human Rights
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