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NUJS gets 3rd acting registrar this year: district judge Sikha Sen • Students release performance report

PIB may be out but no registrar seems to stick around at NUJS
PIB may be out but no registrar seems to stick around at NUJS

NUJS Kolkata acting registrar Madhumati Mishra resigned from the post last week, after completed nearly three months at the law school, in an interim appointment that had only been meant to last two months.

On Tuesday of this week, NUJS confirmed her successor: additional district judge from Nadia, West Bengal, Sikha Sen, who will be its acting registrar going forward under the continuing tenure of acting vice chancellor, Justice Amit Talukdar.

Mitra had replaced former acting registrar Sarfaraz Ahmed Khan, who was ousted from the post of acting registrar for allegations of complicity with former NUJS vice chancellor Ishwara Bhat in maladministration at the law school, as described by the student juridical association (SJA) in its performance report that was released last week (see full report below) .

Mitra and the acting vice chancellor Justice Amit Talukdar declined to comment when contacted.

Performance report

The SJA office bearers whose term ended this year have published a 42-page report of their work on reform in ten major areas at the law school including administration, academic, infrastructure, library, budgets and others.

Headed by president Arjun Agarwal between 2016 and 2018, the SJA had been instrumental in bringing about NUJS’ first university review commission in 21 years.

Other than formation of the university review commission (URC), the SJA reported reforms in areas such as checks on corrupt officials, representation in university governing bodies, reformed academic rules, addition of library resources and facilities, infrastructural functionality of the classrooms, hostels, auditorium, mess and sports and other activity areas, improving the SJA’s functioning and budgets, betterment of other committees, improvement of public relation resources among others.

Ad hoc appointments

NUJS has not added a registrar since the dismissal of former registrar Surajit Mukkhopadhyay for alleged financial embezzlement.

Khan, Mitra and now Sen had succeeded him as acting registrars.

According to minutes of the May 2018 EC meeting linked to in the SJA’s performance report, the EC had resolved that NUJS should appoint a full-time registrar within two months.

The present SJA, which is now headed by president Arindum Nayak, commented: “Out of the four nominations to the search committee for the Vice Chancellor, we have received the nominees of the EC (advocate general), general council (high court chief justice) and the chancellor (Justice Arun Mishra). We’re awaiting the nomination from the state government.

“But at the same time, we think appointments to the post of registrar, accounts officer, finance officer and assistant registrar (admin) are equally important for the institution. These positions have been on ad-hoc basis for quite some time. Permanent appointments to the same will go a long way in ensuring better decision-making and accountability within the University,” noted the SJA in its statement.

NUJS SJA performance report (PDF)

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