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NLU Orissa terminates 6 assistant profs over holidays, despite low faculty strength of 14

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Orrisa crisis

NLUO Cuttack allegedly terminated the services of six faculty members without notice during the summer vacations, which ended today. This leaves the law school with 14 law, management and arts teachers.

Three sources at the law school and one independent source told Legally India that six assistant professors who had joined the law school in October 2011, who had passed their probation period in April of this year, were dismissed from service without supplying any grounds for dismissal.

They were offered a severance pay in lieu of notice of termination, according to Legally India’s sources.

Out of the dismissed teachers, two were from the school of law, three were from the school of managerial excellence, and one was from the school of liberal arts at NLUO.

The law school’s website still lists their names in the faculty directory, in addition to the name of one other faculty member, Prof Sovik Ray, who resigned for unrelated reasons several months ago.

NLUO vice chancellor (VC) Prof V Nagaraj, who was registrar at NLSIU Bangalore until his appointment as VC in March 2013, was not reachable for comment by phone and email since Thursday. NLUO registrar Dr Pabitra Mohan Samal did not deny the termination of the faculty but declined to comment further.

Law school news website Lawctopus yesterday published an open letter from a final year NLUO student who decried the lack of teachers, a small campus and inadequate transportation and hostel facilities at the law school. [Ed: The post on Lawctopus has since been taken offline]

Other administrative crises that have recently plagued the five-year old law school in Cuttack include the belated appointment of Nagaraj, after the law school’s first two VCs resigned mid tenure, and the scrapping of a degree course before the first two students who had enrolled for it could complete it.

In February, NLSIU Bangalore terminated visiting faculty Sidharth Chauhan, two months after he questioned the administration’s stance on student issues. Chauhan has since joined Nalsar Hyderabad.

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