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After near-7-months’ thumb-twiddling, NUJS finally advertises for new VC

PIB is out, but who will be in?PIB is out, but who will be in?

NUJS Kolkata advertised for a vice chancellor (VC) on its website on Tuesday, one month after constituting the VC search committee that is to move forward a process now overdue by seven months.

For the post of VC the advertisement invites applications from candidates with at least 10 years of experience as a law professor in a university or equivalent organisation, proven leadership, administrative and teaching and research credentials and ordinarily not above 65 years of age.

Applications are to be submitted to the law school before 5pm on 30 November 2018.

Justice Arun Mishra, Calcutta HC chief justice Debashis Kar Gupta and West Bengal advocate general Kishore Dutta comprising the search committee will recommend the nominees for the post from among the applicants and NUJS chancellor and chief justice of India will select and appoint the next vice chancellor from among those nominees.

Since April NUJS is being headed by acting VC and retired judge Amit Talukdar after former VC Prof Ishwara Bhat resigned that month under pressure from students protests against his administrative performance.

The law school’s executive council came under pressure from the its student body last month after it re-constituted the VC search committee that would recommend Bhat’s successor but remained opaque about next steps on the VC appointment process in its 29 September meeting.

NUJS published advertisments for the vacancy of registrar and accounts officer at the law school on 5 October.

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Like +2 Object -0 Guest 01 Nov 18, 17:15
Better late than never. Also, great they have issued a public advertisement. The SJA should now prepare a pool of good people and reach out to them. Among NLU alumni in India, I think only Sudhir Krishnaswamy fulfils the 10 year professor requirement. The remaining options would be to poach someone from an NLU, DU, JNU or IIM.
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Like +6 Object -2 Guest 01 Nov 18, 18:02
Why would anyone decent from an IIM be interested to come down to an NLU at all?
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Like +1 Object -0 Guest 01 Nov 18, 18:34
Kian, why has my response to comment number 2 not been published?
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Like +2 Object -1 Guest 02 Nov 18, 00:17
No, Sudhir hasn't been working as a full professor for 10 years at a stretch yet.
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Like +1 Object -0 WBC 02 Nov 18, 07:38
He's been in and out of academia and jumping institutions.
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Like +0 Object -0 not this time 03 Nov 18, 11:28
Sudheer Krishna Swamy is not even a full time professor
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Like +1 Object -0 Guest 03 Nov 18, 12:03
And though a good legal researcher and scholar, not much of a teacher and admin either. Kian keeps censoring this part time and again, God knows why.
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Like +3 Object -2 Concerned 01 Nov 18, 17:39
No reason to cheer, as there can be manipulation through various ways:

- Acceptance of only postal applications means some applications may get "misplaced".
- Even if excellent candidates apply, the selection process can be fixed. We all know that a mediocre person currently working in a private college in a neighbouring state is lobbying for the job. He can be chosen if a lot of weight is given to seniority.
- The registrar position can be be handed to a puppet or someone incompetent (the great book reviewer, for example).
- The selection process can be conducted during holidays, to minimise intervention from the students. In particular, the names of applicants can be kept hidden so that students do not stage a coup and declare their preference over the person who is lobbying hard.
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Like +4 Object -0 Guest 01 Nov 18, 18:32
Ghanta coup! There's no possibility of any further organised student protest in the near future other than drafting petitions that the EC scarcely gives a glance at.
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Like +8 Object -1 Guest 2 01 Nov 18, 21:42  interesting
SJA's petition to Executive Council (1st September) was also [redacted: please provide evidence for this statement].
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Like +0 Object -7 Guest 02 Nov 18, 00:19
@Kian: I think the commentator might have meant that it had been taken from SJA petitions made before, against PIB et al. If the demands remain unfulfilled, then it makes sense that they have to be repeated. People have funny notions of plagiarism these days.
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Like +5 Object -1 Guest 2 02 Nov 18, 15:30
@Kian See this! SJA Representation to Fact Finding Committee jmp.sh/2vDNBsd

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Like +4 Object -2 Sick mind 03 Nov 18, 07:08
It is sick behaviour of NUJS students to make such a representation. A senior alumni has given up corporate life to come and teach you, and you are making insinuations and allegations agains this in the document. There is not even the decent to not mention his name. This just exposes the myth that students want supposedly better faculty in the form of NLU alumni. Better faculty means anyone from a third-rate college who awards marks. Please also note that many NLU alumni teach at NLUD, NALSAR and Jindal with just an LLM on UGC pay scale, as they are valued by both the administration and the students.
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 01 Nov 18, 18:51
"Acceptance of only postal applications means some applications may get "misplaced"."

Registered post?
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Like +2 Object -0 nujs1 01 Nov 18, 17:53
The composition of the commitee shows how much NUJS will remain a place of academics and how much a hotbed of politics in years to come
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Like +4 Object -0 Guest 01 Nov 18, 18:30
Despite the NUJS Regulations mandating the CJI/Chancellor Nominee to be an Academic, the EC flat out ignored that mandate. The present committee trying to select a VC for a university, has nobody who is involved with academics at all, which is a joke!
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Like +2 Object -1 Akp 01 Nov 18, 21:45
Justice Arun Mishra was a lecturer of Law in an University. Hence he is also an academic involved with academics apart from being a Jurist.
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Like +5 Object -3 Guest 01 Nov 18, 23:22
Delivering the occasional lecture at a college more than 2 decades back while litigating doesn't make a person an academic. How many books have he published and what is his contribution to the field of legal academia? All these are just excuses to justify a violation of regulations for political motives.
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Like +3 Object -1 Guest 01 Nov 18, 19:25
This is just for show. The VC has already been decided. Furthermore, this CJ was appointed on 31 Oct and will leave office on 31 Dec. Very conveniently done.
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Like +3 Object -0 Guest 01 Nov 18, 20:39
If the VC is already decided, then why the delay? Even the new search committee had been formed a month back, they could have easily released the ad back then and got the applications by now and got the person in before next sem can begin. I think negotiations are still going on in the background, hence the delay.
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Like +7 Object -2 Guest 02 Nov 18, 00:15  interesting
I think some very good people will apply for the job, for the simple reason that NLSIU and NLUD will have vacancies by 2020. There are people who will look to be at NUJS for 2 years to beef up their CVs, and then apply to either NLSIU or NLUD.
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Like +4 Object -4 Haha 02 Nov 18, 15:36
I don't think anyone will leave the VCship of NUJS to become VC of NLU-D. Probably you are daydreaming or you are NLUD troll who is trying to portray that NLUD is better than NUJS. Good Luck mate, Ranbir Tau will get another extension.
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Like +3 Object -2 Guest 02 Nov 18, 18:12
It isn't about NUJS or NLUD. It is about being in Delhi, in the middle of the legal/political elite of the nation. It is about the access and opportunities that come with being a Vice-Chancellor of anything over there.
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Like +1 Object -0 not this time 03 Nov 18, 11:32
NLSIU will have VC vacancy by May, 2019 and NLUD by Sepetember 2019 for your information
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 03 Nov 18, 13:40
I heard Venky has been lobbying hard for another term. Had the state quota been introduced, he would have got that for sure. Thank God it didn't.
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Like +6 Object -0 Wikileaks 02 Nov 18, 04:08  interesting
For the benefit of LI readers, below is our expert analysis of the top 5 possible candidates:

1)Manoj Sinha

Bio: www.nujs.edu/faculty/mksinha-nujs.pdf

Prospects: A very strong candidate. Clearly fulfils the 10 year requirement, has strong admin experience, publications and good university education (DU, Nottingham, JNU). Taught at NUJS before. A stint as NUJS VC will come at the right time for him and will lead to bigger things in future. While he may think about continuing at ILI and aim for a VC-ship at NLUD, that seems to be planning too far ahead. Also, he is not going to have a huge ego and pursue self-interest as some of the other people in our list may do, which is a huge plus. A minus, however, is that his personality is such that he may not be very aggressive against some of the corrupt elements running the place.

Our odds: High to very high

2) Sudhir Krishnaswamy

Bio: watson.brown.edu/southasia/files/southasia/imce/people/Faculty/VisitingScholars/KrishnaswamyCVJune2017.pdf

Prospects: Possibly the best academic credentials in this list, and also has admin experience too. May see it as a stepping stone to NLSIU. He has used NUJS as a stepping stone before. He was appointed as a professor by MP Singh at NUJS in 2009 at the age of 34. It was a direct promotion from assistant professor to associate professor. After a short stint went to head Azim Premji's law department. Also served for a year as "visiting professor" at ILI. It's possible that a sympathetic committee may add the ILI experience and consider his experience to be worth 10 years. However, one reason he may not apply is that the pay at NUJS is low. Also, he may get NLSIU on the strength of Azim Premji admin experience alone. He will also not want to wade into controversies that will inevitably arise, compared to Azim Premji.

Our odds: Medium

3) NK Chakrabarti

Bio: kls.kiit.ac.in/management-director-profile.html

Prospects: Obviously not as high profile or with impressive qualifications, but may get selected for other reasons. Will be interesting to see how SJA will respond.

Our odds: Medium to high

4) Shamnad Basheer

Prospects: There is a reason why he has sought an "honorary professorship" at a nondescript place like Nirma. It has kept his academic progression intact. Thus, like Sudhir, he just about fulfils the 10 year requirement. Will he apply? Possibly. Will he be selected? Possibly. Will he make a great VC? Good but not great, because a VC needs to be composed, pragmatic and averse to controversy.

Our odds: Medium

5) T Ramakrishna, NLSIU

Bio: www.wipo.int/export/sites/www/meetings/en/2010/wipo_cr_lic_ge_10/pdf/ramakrishna.pdf

Prospects: Underwhelming CV, but NLSIU is NLSIU. Best reason for applying is a stepping stone to make a bid for NLSIU VC-ship, for which he is currently not in contention but will become with a post like this. He will just take a temporary leave from NLSIU.

Our odds: Medium to high

Our dark horse picks:

1) Nagaraj, NLSIU: for same reason as Ramakrishna
2) Vivekanandan, NALSAR (now at Bennett University): Stepping stone theory
3) Ved Kumari, DU
4) Someone from JNU's international law department
5) Srikrishan Deva Rao, NLUO
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Like +0 Object -1 Guest 03 Nov 18, 08:57
Barring 3, none of these names is in contention.
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Like +3 Object -0 not this time 03 Nov 18, 11:38
Friend, Manoj Sinha will have 10 years of professorship by March 2019 only. Moroever he is very happy at ILI as Director. He does not want to venture into troubled water at NUJS

Sudhir is not a professor at all forget about his 10 years

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Shamnad is not a professor now and he is not at all interested in VC position

Ramakrishan will never leave NLSIU, Bangalore for any reason at any cost

Nagaraj is awaiting the VC vancancy at NLSIU that will take place in May, 2019, we will not out side Bangalore

Vivekandan is enjoying huge salary worth 10 lakhs at Bernett university, Delhi and he will not venture for VC position which gives hardly 2,50,000

Ved Kumari is a candidate for NLUD next year

There is no professor available in JNU international law department

SKD Rao is trying for second term inn Odisha itself
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Like +1 Object -0 Ghantaghar 02 Nov 18, 13:04
Prof [...], you seem to have a lot of spare time writing out these detailed assessments regularly on everyone's chances. Get down to work
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Like +2 Object -0 Guest 03 Nov 18, 22:12
Let's not forget that before Bhat NUJS had 3 VCs with very distinguished academic careers, unmatched by the VC list of any other NLU, bar NLSIU. So it's wrong to think that only mediocre people will apply. We know that the person from KIIT and the person from North Bengal will apply, but good people will also apply. In Sinha's case, he can take leave from ILI, serve for 1.5 years, get a VC tag in his belt, and then return to Delhi (ILI or elsewhere). Ved Kumari can also apply. She is going to retire from DU, so it makes good sense. Also, DU is a den of hooliganism where she was famously insulted on camera by a student union leader, so she would like to teach at a law school with serious students.

Just wait till end-November and then the names will be out.
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Like +2 Object -0 Guessing game 04 Nov 18, 03:24
Could Rao be interested in NUJS as a post-retirement gig? He is touching 65 and will leave NLSIU soon. He doesn't seem to have anywhere to go . Life is hard when you relinquish power after enjoying it for so long. The advertisement for VC says candidates must "ordinarily" be under 65 but "no age limit" is prescribed.

It's also possible that Rao may get offered Deanship of Jio Institute law school. Mukesh Ambani desperately needs credibility in the public eye, and having a former VC of NLSIU (even if unpopular) will give Jio that credibility.
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Like +1 Object -1 nope 04 Nov 18, 21:07
jio will not waste its opportunity with someone like Rao. they will bring on some respectable guy from some university abroad.
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Like +0 Object -0 right there 05 Nov 18, 11:30
what you said is seems to be true
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Like +0 Object -0 #OccupyNUJS 05 Nov 18, 01:48
See this barandbench.com/representation-calcutta-collegium-decisions-public/

The text of petition to the ACJ has hyperboles but the message is rather depressing. If the Calcutta HC has a tradition of opacity and nepotism then its representatives in our EC and VC search committee are not really expected to favour sunlight. No wonder they hate students for demanding transparency. That's challenging the status quo.

Justice Talukdar was supposed to clean up the mess and not add to it. The only people who can help us get of this mess is us - not the self-serving faculty, alumni, so-called sympathetic souls in the Bar,Bench or elsewhere.

We can of course debate whether #PIBOut did more damage than good. But it was the only time when the many -students- showed what happens when we stop fearing the few. Someone had mentioned in an older post that the SJA was outmaneuvered by a section of the EC when PIB was shunted out. Hopefully wiser now, the SJA must do something meaningful and play it right this time.
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Like +3 Object -0 Whisperer 05 Nov 18, 02:27
The following names are floating in the wind.

From Bengal (or having a connection to Calcutta) -

NK Chakraborty (CU Law Dept now KIIT Law School)
Gangotri Chakraborty (NBU Law Dept)
IG Ahmed (CU Law Dept now with Sikkim University Law Dept)
SS Chatterjee (CU Law Dept now with Heritage Law College)
Manik Chakraborty (Burdwan University now Amity Kolkata Law)
Rathin Bandyopadhyay (NBU Law Dept)
Bhavani Prasad Panda (ex-MNLU Mumbai VC)

Elsewhere in India -

Kamala Sankaran (TNNLS VC)
Ved Kumari (DU Law Dept)
SC Raina (HPNLU VC)
Vijender Kumar (MNLU Nagpur VC)
GS Bajpai (NLUD Registrar)
Paramjit Jaswal (RGNUL VC)


Prof Raina had previously applied for NLU Lucknow position. Professors Sankaran and Kumari would prefer NLUD as will Bajpai and Jaswal. As a second option, NUJS scores better compared to NLUs in Ranchi, Patna and Raipur.

Strongly doubt anyone from IIMs, JNU, Bennet and Jindal Law Schools will apply. Lord Taluk and his friends have done a good job at making NUJS unattractive. They set the cue with driving away MKS.
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 05 Nov 18, 11:21
Didn't leave anybody behind it seems. Well, that's one way of never being wrong.
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 05 Nov 18, 14:17
Wow, a very depressing list if true. People who are either dictatorial or corrupt or incompetent. Ved Kumari is the only good candidate in your list.
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Like +0 Object -0 nujs1 08 Nov 18, 14:58
Now somebody has challenged this advertisement in HC. Just to delay the appointment of a VC. NUJS, you are stuck with talukdar.
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Like +1 Object -1 Whois 08 Nov 18, 16:40
Who might do such cases? And why?
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Like +1 Object -0 nujs1 09 Nov 18, 00:20
just think of all the people benefiting from the current regime. whoever may have lent their name on paper, the beneficiaries are the real actors who want to stall appointment of a new VC at any cost.
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Like +0 Object -0 Query 10 Nov 18, 01:10
Really, someone has challenged the ad for the VC position? Or is it the one on Registrar? On what grounds? Non-compliance with UGC minimum standards? Do you have the citation?

Someone had mentioned in a comment that the NUJS Regulations demand that the Chair of the VC search committee (nominee of the Chancellor) must be an academic. That has certainly not been followed. Also the UGC rules probably demand that there should be a nominee of the UGC in the search committee.

So what now, suffer a VC who is clearly a political appointee?
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 10 Nov 18, 14:30
Fake news. No case filed.
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