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NLU Mumbai appoints Prof Panda from Berhampur as 1st VC, while 2 other Maharashtra NLUs plod along

The upcoming Maharastra National Law University (MNLU) Mumbai, has reportedly appointed its first vice chancellor, according to the Times of India.

The paper reported that Bhavani Prasad Panda, a Berhampur University law professor, “has written at least five books on human rights, environment law and disaster management”, and said that the college would live up to expectations.

SSRN lists one paper co-written by Panda with the title “Protection of the Elderly Consumers: Issues and Challenges”.

After years of political and regional infighting between Nagpur, Aurangabad and Mumbai, the state government eventually gave the green light to three national law schools in the state earlier this year, after being unable to decide on a single city location, as has been the case in nearly all other states with national law schools so far.

While chief minister Prithviraj Chavan had reportedly promised that the Mumbai and Aurangabad NLUs would start in June 2014, NLU Nagpur would take at least until June 2015, according to Nagpur Today in May.

However, DNA reported around the same time that despite a Rs 125 crore budget allocation none of the colleges would take admissions before 2015, since none had registered for the Common Law Admissions Test (CLAT).

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