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25th NLU, 2nd in MP: Jabalpur gets ex-RML/NLIU/Amity VC Balraj Chauhan, registrar, campus • LLB to start July 2018

Balraj Chauhan to lead (NLIU II) JabalpurBalraj Chauhan to lead (NLIU II) Jabalpur

The newest among 25 national law universities (NLU) in India, and Madhya Pradesh’s second NLU, NLU Jabalpur yesterday was given its first director as the high court appointed former RMLNLU Lucknow and NLIU Bhopal vice chancellor (VC) Prof Balraj Chauhan to the post.

The high court also appointed Judicial Training and Research Institute (JTRI) Jabalpur director Sanjeev Kumar as the NLU’s registrar, Chauhan told us.

He said that as per the ordinance establishing NLU Jabalpur, the government intends to start the law school’s first academic session from July 2018 onward. He said that the government has already purchased land for constructing the NLU’s permanent campus but will commence its session for the time being through a temporary campus which is yet to be rented.

Chauhan told us that things like the batch intake or whether Jabalpur will take admissions through the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), among other administrative decisions will be taken after meetings between him, the registrar and the executive council at the NLU.

As per procedure to appoint any NLU’s first director, Chauhan was nominated and appointed directly by the high court instead of his name being forwarded first as the nomination of a director-search committee.

Chauhan is currently continuing to head Amity University Lucknow as director and will gradually relieve himself from his duties at Amity and expects to join Jabalpur in the next 7-10 days. He had joined Amity University as group director for its Lucknow, Gurgaon, Mumbai and Jaipur campuses in October 2016 after his successive terms as VC first at NLIU and RMLNLU which had ended on 2 January 2013.

He commented: “It is a good challenge for me. The most important thing is that I served as a vice chancellor for more than 9 years, at NLIU and RMLNLU. I held different positions in Lucknow university. I never had any problem with the students and those students are now my strength. They are now high court judges, lawyers, IAS officers, journalists, they are the persons who are advising me. And now I understand how these students from NLUs are slightly different from others as their expectations are different.”

The Madhya Pradesh government had approved the decision to establish an NLU in Jabalpur - where the principal bench of the Madhya Pradesh high court is - as recently as in March this year.

Chauhan was also part of the search committee responsible for nominating Prof SS Singh’s successor at NLIU Bhopal who was to also be appointed as NLIU’s new director yesterday, simultaneously with Chauhan’s appointment at Jabalpur. However, the appointment at NLIU has currently been stayed due to student opposition.

Chauhan declined to comment on the controversy at NLIU.

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Like +12 Object -1 Darkseid 09 May 18, 13:52  interesting
What do these people intend to prove exactly, by making the NLU name a mockery? Is there a single valid reason to establish multiple NLUs in one state? If there is more demand for legal education, then increase the seats and infrastructure etc. of the existing one! These are all residential institutions anyway, so it's not as if students are going to have a problem traveling to far-flung places! Has there ever been multiple IIT/IIMs in the same state? Just look at the knee-jerk process, decided to have an NLU in March, announced it in May and starting classes in July, without nary a thought about hiring sufficient number of competent faculty, arranging infrastructure, anything! And then they talk about giving INI status to NLUs. These are jokes, perpetrated upon hapless we the sheep by a bunch of jokers at the top!

p.s. Kian, terrible editing on the piece. Multiple typos. He was a VC at the NLUs for 9 hours? There expectations? At least proofread properly before publishing, no?
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Like +2 Object -1 kianganz 09 May 18, 15:37 LI subscriber
Thanks for pointing out, corrected - we've been a bit under the weather at LI Towers.
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Like +0 Object -1 ZRS 09 May 18, 17:17
Dark bhai,

The focus is solely on high promises & cutting ribbons!
You have highlighted the shortcomings ... but then our (my) own Maharashtra state is 'running' ahead with multiple NLUs! Then we have AP state, where instead of focusing on current law school in Vizag, the CM is keen on new NLU ... so the disease is widespread :(
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 09 May 18, 13:56
9 hours??????
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Like +7 Object -1 Guest 09 May 18, 15:01  interesting
This is just ridiculous. The Supreme Court should take notice of this in the current CLAT PIL. Just as each state can have only one IIT or IIM, each state should also be allowed to have only one NLU. The government must urgently enact a bill as follows:

1) Institution of National Importance status for all NLUs, with central government funding.

2) But only one NLU per state, like IIT and IIM.

3)Just like IIT and IIM, rename all NLUs with the unifying term "NLU" instead of NLSIU, NALSAR, NUJS, NLIU, RGNUL etc. Currently, only NLU Jodhpur and Delhi use the correct terms.

4) The law schools in Nagpur, Aurangabad and Jabalpur should be renamed as State Law Universities, like Karnataka State Law University. These law schools can be renamed after Rajiv Gandhi, Lohia etc but not the NLUs.
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Like +7 Object -1 Request 09 May 18, 16:39  interesting
Kian, please do a proper follow up on these stories and speak to influential people for their views. It's true that the present BCI and law minister are useless, but you can at least interview the following:

1. Professors Madhava Menon, MP Singh, Mohan Gopal.
2. Lawyer-cum-MPs from the Congress
3. The MP who introduced the NLU Bill (Sugata Bose)
4. Various Senior Advocates
5. Retired judges

There was a time when you used to interview such people, but now you seem to have stopped.
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Like +7 Object -1 Guest 09 May 18, 19:05  interesting
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Like +6 Object -0 Peta 09 May 18, 19:15  interesting
In Bangalore, around the city market area, there is Balepet, Chickpet, Cottonpet, Cubbonpet, Nagrathpet, Akkipet, Mamulpet, Ragipet, Sultanpet, Upparpet and not to forget - Huriopet among others. I strongly suggest that an NLU be established in each of these petes.
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Like +4 Object -2 Roshan90 09 May 18, 20:39
This is really becoming a joke. The creation of these multiple so-called NLUs and the same people jumping from one school to another as "VCs". This is a scam that needs to be stopped. These NLUs have become job creating agencies for VCs, not students.
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Like +3 Object -1 Mistborn 11 May 18, 10:00
1. We need better officers of law,
2. There is lot of money in legal industry,
3. There is need for more better legal education institutes in the country (Out of 1000+ law schools, only 25ish are good enough)
4. An NLU in being competent, despite possible problems in first year always ends up considered a 'good education institution'
5.Law schools are also gateways to get into finance, public services, journalism etc.
6. Usually, top law schools of the world have 1K+ students in each batch.
7. This VC and registrar are very promising.

Great move Madhya Pradesh. Go do something for education in your state!
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Like +1 Object -0 Elantris 11 May 18, 18:17
@Mistborn: Which of the above objectives could not have been fulfilled by improving and expanding upon the existing NLU in the state? I will save you from the trouble of answering: none.
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Like +1 Object -0 Mistborn 12 May 18, 11:06

I don't mind if NLIU opened up the gate for 1K+ UG students every year. That will do two things, decrease the cost of education and increase accessibility.
But the students and alumni are not likely to welcome the move because of multiple stereotypes in the education system. Also, possibly because no administration is equipped to handle students in such quantity. So my concern of accessibility exists in cases where there are not more NLUs (schools of law with decent funding, and attractive to faculties).
Honestly, an NLU is not an INSTITUTE OF NATIONAL IMPORTANCE as of now, it is so said for the few elitist jerks who think of it as a TAG to criticise the move to make it one state one NLU. I don't believe that a state won't welcome MULTIPLE IIMs and IITs if it was possible. The number of Islands of Excellence must increase because we have a lot of quality coming in from our already established National, Public and Private law schools who are equipped to fill this gap.

Accessibilty, increase of overall quality of legal profession wil be helped. And it all comes by sharing a tag of National Law University. Which honestly is fine by me.
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Like +0 Object -0 @Mistborn 12 May 18, 11:37
I agree with the idealism, but strongly disagree that new/multiple NLUs are the way to achieve the same. There are not multiple IITs/IIMs because there are not sufficient resources. You cannot have excellence in bulk quantity all of a sudden. I am not simply talking about infrastructure. There are simply not sufficient number of good and capable law teachers to cater to the even existing NLUs, let alone the new ones. And without focusing on ramping up existing NLUs' masters programmes to produce them, or relaxing outdated and rigid UGC norms and doing away with stupid requirements like the UGC NET, there is simply no point in opening up new schools. You and I both would like to see multiple islands of excellence, so to speak, but there is simply no tsunami of excellence rushing our way anytime soon. There is very little difference between the newer NLUs that have come up in the past 3-4 years and traditional state law universities/colleges apart from the unnaturally high fees. And there are simply not enough jobs, a carrot which all NLUs tend to dangle before all these kids and their families. How does accessibility or quality increase simply by having newer institutions that are absolutely unfit to bridge the gap between themselves and their earlier counterparts? Just see the conditions of DSNLU, TNNLS, or even the earlier CNLU or NUSRL and you will get my point. It's like state is giving up on one NLU and starting another with a new hope! When each NLU is in dire need of greater resources, transparency, governance etc., dividing state attention among multiple NLUs is nothing but criminal.
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Like +0 Object -0 Remember this 05 Jul 18, 20:27
I urge you to not forget the strong indictment of the then VC of RMNLU who will now head Jabalpur NLU.
The 7th point of promising VC wont be there in your commnet then
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Like +0 Object -0 Zaidi 16 May 18, 23:30
All the best Balraj sir. Miss me?
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Like +0 Object -0 lol 21 Jun 18, 13:57
when will it open don't soon I fed up of this answer will it come this year or next year plzz reply
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