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NUJS Cal gets land from West Bengal, gifts domicile reservation in return

NUJS Kolkata has introduced a 10-seat state domicile reservation for admissions, reported Bar & Bench.

Vice chancellor Ishwara Bhat told Bar & Bench that the West Bengal government would provide NUJS with 3000 square metres of land to build a girl’s hostel, after which the academic council made the decision to introduce to quota. “Almost all law schools have some form of reservation and at NUJS, these seats are less than 10 per cent of the total seats avaialble,” Bhat said.

Only NLSIU Bangalore, NLU Jodhpur and NLU Orissa do not have state reservations, reported Bar & Bench.

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Like +4 Object -2 Utkalika 30 Jan 15, 15:06
There is no requirement of state reservation at NLU Odisha. No one from outside like to study here. Therefore, every batch consist 10% of Oriya's.
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Like +2 Object -8 Grammar Nazi 31 Jan 15, 16:35
Going by your English, even I will not like to study there.
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Like +1 Object -2 abc 30 Jan 15, 15:40
what a rubbish thing to do!
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Like +7 Object -3 le 30 Jan 15, 15:56
a bad bargain :(

if they are willing to sell off their integrity they should have at least got 5 more acres instead of .75
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Like +2 Object -2 hubba 30 Jan 15, 16:06
this is fairly absurd. this vc is an odd fellow, is it?
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Like +2 Object -1 abc 30 Jan 15, 18:19
for that matter - where is this adjacent land ? I cant even place it in my mind.
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Like +2 Object -2 ATG1 30 Jan 15, 18:28
NLU Delhi also does not have state reservation.
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Like +5 Object -5 FYI 30 Jan 15, 19:53  controversial
Because Delhi is not a state
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Like +1 Object -1 Guest 30 Jan 15, 22:26
It is a state. It could also state reservation like other univ. in delhi have. For eg Delhi univ or ggsip univ
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Like +0 Object -0 DU 03 Feb 15, 14:45
Delhi Univ. is a central university and hence does not have reservations its the state univeristies at Delhi - IP, AUD, DTU that have reservations.
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Like +14 Object -3 NUJS Alumnus 30 Jan 15, 20:47  interesting
For years, I've been proud of the fact that my alma mater didn't subscribe to these silly reservations, my law school's atmosphere was more 'national' than most other places would permit & that my law school's cozy campus was in the beating heart of a thriving city I would come to love. In fact, VCs & senior faculty members would proudly admit how at NUJS we resisted overtures by the State Govt to lap up grants in exchange for seats (or corporates in exchange of memorials). This was our intellectual right in an academic space outside the reach of the greasy hands of politics of reservations.

However, for some time now, I've opened myself up to the idea that perhaps it was time for NUJS to concede some ground here. Bear with me, & I'll explain how this isn't only because I've traveled from the 'city of armchair idealists' to the 'city of horseback politicking'.

1. Sanctity of Reservations

Is there any sanity behind these reservations? If NO, then we must scrap them everywhere as it's illogical & unfair to implement them selectively. But if the answer is YES, then the implementation has to be measured, uniform and rational. For instance, I've long felt that things are harder for students from my state (which isn't West Bengal, & provides negligible reservations for its state domicile) when they apply outside the state - their own state doesn't fend for them, while other states fend them off.

Things get confusing, nay outrageous when you compare one state which implements such reservations with another which doesn't. Why the injustice? Personally, I advocate a master plan to phase out reservations altogether over a ~50 year period, but until then there has to be a semblance of rationality & uniformity in implementation. So to speak, and I say this tongue in cheek, lack of reservation anywhere is a threat to reservation everywhere; and reservation anywhere is a threat to lack of it everywhere.

2. State Govt Support to Law Schools

Sample this. A simple Google search reveals the extent of State Govt patronage to different law schools (figures quoted in news archives/ Govt notices):

- GNLU - 50 acres land, over Rs 200 crores in grants
- NLU D - reimbursement of 100% recurring & non-recurring expenses, grant of Rs 85 Crores over 5 years
- NALSAR - Received over Rs 50 Crores in grants, land for a big campus, & possibility of additional 150 acres & Rs 60 Crores in future
- NLU J - 55 acres land (&, I'm told by an NLU J alumnus that 'sufficient funds' are granted by the State Govt under a scheme)
- NLU O - Rs 160 Crores sanctioned for development

(PS: If correct, the above may be instances of only a few of such grants)

NUJS, to the best of my knowledge, has received nil or negligible funds from the State Govt. The research/ academic exercises undertaken at the University in collaboration with the State Govt are mostly on account of the University/ faculty's initiatives. All University affairs (academic/ extra-curricular/ student body or placement related) are handled by the University or the students. I must add here that nearly all national law schools of repute receive Rs 9-12 Crores annually from the UGC, and most others receive additional grants from the State Govt. Even NLSIU receives an annual grant (Rs 4 or 5 Crores) from the State Govt, & the year in which there were indications of a cut-back in that grant, the financial instability of the University made news.

Running law schools cannot be easy business. Teachers are barely paid adequately, yet there is an expectation to retain good faculty despite their their prospects of better professional choices (as lawyers/ consultants/ academics at foreign law schools or private Indian law schools). Every time the UGC rationalises teacher salaries, retrospectively increasing expenditures, the law school VCs must want to go & hide somewhere. Student fees are not high enough (such as in private universities) for these law schools to be self-reliant; and yet the expectations are that these law schools will compete with the IITs and the IIMs which receive Rs 150+ Crores annually.

All things considered, if conceding 10% seats (or even as high as say, 20% such as at NALSAR) at NUJS would permit it to add immediate infrastructure & open the doors to seeking patronage in the future, then I'm all for it. There is a substantial number of state residents who walk in through those doors every year, & I don't feel that that these 8-10 seats would alter the balance significantly. If anything, these might ensure that NUJS continues to deliver on its promises.
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Like +3 Object -4 Uff 31 Jan 15, 18:38
Get that thing published in some law review. It's too much to take here! I have come here for entertainment not for understanding a theory!
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Like +8 Object -1 NUJS Alumnus 2 01 Feb 15, 06:14  interesting
Hmm.. where amateur intellectualism is strictly for law review, & idle Page 3 banter passes for intellectual debate.. hope all is well at NALSAR!!
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Like +1 Object -0 Finance 02 Feb 15, 10:27
NUJS was set up thanks to a 25 Crore grant from WB State Govt, - hence the WB in the name. However, since it was a commie state, there were funding issues. So NUJS took a 20 Crore loan from HUDCO and that was repaid through the grant that was given by WB Govt. in phases. The WB Govt, also gave land, no matter how small, but look at the area they gave it in - the beating heart of the city. I am against reservations and I did shed a significant tear when I read the news, but there was no escape from this, and I think 4 seats in the gen category is not that bad, we can live by it. Am ex-nujs - initial batches.
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Like +12 Object -0 Outsider 30 Jan 15, 21:16  interesting  top rated
This should not make much of a difference in reality in the student demographics of NUJS. More than ten percent of the students from every batch even at present come from West Bengal anyway. The land, from what I heard, was much needed, considering NUJS is one of the few law schools in the middle of the city and had no room to expand otherwise.
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Like +9 Object -2 Bongeshwar Assborthy 30 Jan 15, 21:24  interesting
Thank you Ishwara Bhatt. Now, Bongs like me can dream of NUJS
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Like +5 Object -0 Guest 31 Jan 15, 13:34  interesting
Somebody please protest this and throw out this embarrassment of a VC. Also request LI to keep pursing this instead of doing one story and forgetting about it.
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Like +0 Object -2 Biju Da 02 Feb 15, 11:30
An NRI with a state domicile certificate! hahaha such a farce this scheme!
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