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NLU Delhi puts out JD for new VC (and you don’t need to have been Prof for a decade to apply)

As we had first reported late last month, NLU Delhi had begun looking for a new vice chancellor (VC), in what will no doubt be one of the most hotly-contested jobs in the field.

The two academics and one judge heading up the search committee - NLU Jabalpur VC Prof Balraj Chauhan, NLIU Bhopal VC Prof V Vijaykumar and Delhi high court Justice GS Sistani - have now posted the job description (JD) on the NLU Delhi website.

In what will be welcome news for those hoping that NLU Delhi can attract the widest possible range of candidates, the job will not necessarily require 10 years of professorship experience from applicants, unlike NLSIU Bangalore’s recent JD had stipulated, which had excluded a lot of promising young academics.

In fact, NLU Delhi’s key language is near-identical to that in the recent TNNLU Tiruchirappalli call for a new VC we had reported.

NLU Delhi’s requirements (emphasis added):

Vice Chancellor to be a person possessing the highest level of competence, integrity, morals and institutional commitment is to be appointed as Vice-Chancellor. The person to be appointed as a Vice-Chancellor should be a distinguished academician, with a minimum of ten years of experience as Professor in a University or ten years of experience in a reputed research and / or academic administrative organisation with proof of having demonstrated academic leadership.

TNNLU had stipulated “ten years’ of experience in a reputed research and/or academic administrative organization with proof of having demonstrated academic leadership”.

(Eagle eyed readers may spot that NLU Delhi preferred using British English spelling rather than US English, and removed a well-intentioned but incorrectly-used apostrophe.)

The NLU Delhi Act, incidentally, does not spell out any explicit experience requirement, other than being an “academic person and an outstanding scholar in law or an eminent jurist”.

The financial rewards for what is currently still Prof Ranbir Singh’s job (potentially up until September 2020) will be Rs 2.1 lakh per month base salary, plus additional allowances of around Rs 38,000.

Plus a swish house on campus in Dwarka, of course.

The other perks, such as getting to connect with a who’s who of eminent Delhi advocates and judges, are harder to enumerate.

Notification copy below, and links to original PDF documents:

NLU Delhi new VC search notification
NLU Delhi new VC search notification

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