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NLUO to pick new VC out of shortlist of 5 from NLS, DU & Banaras

NLUO: Needs VC and freehand
NLUO: Needs VC and freehand
Exclusive: NLU Orissa (NLUO) Cuttack has whittled down the final shortlist of candidates from which it will select the university’s next vice-chancellor (VC), two months after outgoing VC Chandra Krishnamurthy resigned.

According to sources close to the process, the shortlisted candidates are: Banaras Hindu University professor Prof DP Verma, Delhi University’s Faculty of Law dean Prof Gurdip Singh and the head of department Dr BK Raina, Prof V Nagaraj, who is NLSIU Bangalore's registrar, and NLSIU professor Prof Dr TV Subba Rao.

The names were forwarded to the High Court of Orissa on 25 February by the three-member VC search committee, which was appointed on 3 February.

The search committee consisted of NLSIU VC Prof R Venkata Rao, Orissa high court judge I Mohanty, and the Bar Council of India’s Andhra Pradesh member Ramchander Rao N. It is understood that they settled on the five candidates after “interactive sessions” with each of them on 24 February.

Mustafa had resigned as VC of the university in March 2012 to head up Nalsar Hyderabad. Krishnamurthy, who was appointed to the NLUO VC post in May 2012, resigned in December to head up Pondicherry University.

During her eight-month long stint at NLUO, she scrapped the joint LLM-PhD program of three years that was pioneered by Mustafa at the university.

After Krishnamurthy’s resignation, the process for nominating a search committee to select the new NLUO VC was in limbo for over a month.


Meanwhile, RMLNLU Lucknow remains without a vice-chancellor, two months after outgoing VC Balraj Chauhan’s tenure at the law school ended.

The university had formed a search committee in December, and acting vice-chancellor, registrar Anita Mishra told Legally India that the final shortlist for the next VC was forwarded to the Uttar Pradesh government by the end of December.

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