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NUJS suddenly shuts down distance-learning certificates • Service provider vows legal action

Email to VC Talukdar from iPleaders after suspension noticeEmail to VC Talukdar from iPleaders after suspension notice

NUJS Kolkata has suspended distance learning courses that it was offering through third party service providers.

Course developer iPleaders, which set up the entrepreneurship administration and business laws diploma, the sexual harassment executive programme and 9 other programmes, has claimed NUJS’ move was illegal.

The suspension has allegedly resulted in certificates being held up for students who had already completed courses, examination having been stalled for other students and overall confusion among the students currently pursuing these diploma and certificate courses offered by the law school.

According to a notice dated 27 June signed by assistant registrar Tapash Bhattacharya:

In the 32nd academic council meeting held on 10.05.2018 it was decided that all future activities pertaining to distant education and online courses should be put on status quo, except those which are purely university initiatives.

All enrolments for these online and distance education courses which used to be run by the university through private partnerships have been suspended till further order. Any person enrolling in these courses would be doing it at their own risk and the university shall not be held responsible for such matters.

In May we had reported on that same executive counsel meeting, as having resolved to maintain the status quo while considering further action.

Online course developer iPleaders was the technical provider for the greatest number of distance courses that NUJS was offering at the time of the notice. It provided the technology, content, customer services and marketing for the online certificate courses provided by NUJS for the last 6 years and has catered to more than 4,000 students at NUJS since 2012, according to a statement issued by iPleaders co-founder and NUJS graduate Ramanuj Mukherjee.

Mukherjee said that it was running 11 such courses with NUJS at the time the suspension notice was issued, and that NUJS had over 3,000 existing students enrolled in these courses who would be affected by the move. The course fee for these ranged between Rs 5,000 and Rs 50,000.

In the statement on behalf of iPleaders, Mukherjee alleged that NUJS has not paid iPleaders its dues for several months now since the change in its administration - interim vice chancellor (VC) former justice Amit Talukdar had succeeded former VC Ishwara Bhat in April - and had dishonored the terms of its memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ipleaders forcing it to now invoke the MoU’s arbitration clause as well as to approach the courts for justice.

Mukherjee in his statement urged affected students of the suspended courses to approach the court against NUJS as:

NUJS has certain responsibilities in connection with the courses under our contract, and we will pray to the Courts that NUJS continues to do so for students who are already studying the courses. However, students approaching a court directly with respect to education promised by a University will stand a superior chance than a private party enforcing a contract.

Mukherjee commented to us today: “Prof Bhat had some pending amount (to be paid to iPleaders) but before leaving he cleared most of it. Since the new acting VC has come, he hasn’t signed payment orders even after acting registrar and School of Distance and Mass Education Head Anirban Mazumdar signed them. He also didn’t issue any of the pending certificates by holding up his signature to them.”

He told us that until NUJS’ 27 June notice, there had been no communication from NUJS to iPleaders that it would shut down the courses. He said that in the academic council meeting to which the notice refers, the word used for action on these courses was to maintain “status quo” until a final decision was taken in the next meeting on whether to continue offering the courses.

Thereafter, iPleaders had disabled admissions for the courses.

Talukdar was not reachable for comment by phone and email.

Disclosure: iPleaders has advertised its NUJS course on Legally India in the past.

Some courses offered by NUJS, included the following:

Some offline courses:

  • A one-year post graduate diploma in international relations, international law and strategic studies, costing Rs 25,000
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights Law (PGDIPRL)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Business Laws Programme (PGDBL)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Air and Space Law
  • Post Graduate Diploma Course On Consumer Law
  • NUJS - Online Certificate Courses
  • M.A in Business Law
  • PG Diploma in Public Healthcare and Medical Laws
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Business Laws Programme
  • Diploma in Entrepreneurship Administration and Business Laws
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Nuclear Law
  • Certificate Course on Securities Law (An NUJS-NISM Collaboration)
  • Certificate Course On Consumer Law
  • Rights-Based Campaigning Developing Strategy, Forging Solidarity

Online-only courses

  • Executive Certification in Sexual Harassment Prevention & Workplace Diversity
  • Executive Certification in Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Advanced Certification in Information Technology and Social Media Law
  • Advanced Certification in Investment Law and Institutional Finance
  • Advanced Certificate course on Companies Act, 2013
  • Certificate Course in Criminal Litigation and Trial Advocacy
  • Certificate Course in International Taxation and Transfer Pricing
  • Certificate in Industrial and Labour Laws
  • Certificate Course in Real Estate Laws

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Like +30 Object -28 Alumni 02 Jul 18, 21:36  controversial
NUJS should not have run with those courses in the first place! Good that finally someone has put an end to this mess.
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Like +37 Object -2 Alumni 2 02 Jul 18, 22:39  interesting  top rated
While that may indeed be the case, the arbitrary, inefficient and high-handed manner in which this is being done by the existing adminitration is only attracting further bad publicity towards the university. It could easily have been brought to an end in a much better and efficient way. After all, the students who enrolled in this courses did not do anything wrong and the EC had indeed approved of all these courses in the past.
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Like +11 Object -2 rampampam 03 Jul 18, 16:04  interesting
Whatever the University did, why didn't it offer any explanation? Why is it still silent? Why is not not responding to emails and calls from students?
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Like +5 Object -0 Withcraft 05 Jul 18, 02:04  interesting
This VC is like Dolores Umbridge taking over Hogwarts.
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Like +3 Object -0 Grawp 05 Jul 18, 10:43
Where is a herd of centaurs when you need one?
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 05 Jul 18, 12:08
Hee hee!
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Like +3 Object -2 Neville 05 Jul 18, 15:13
He is even in bed with the ministry of magic (read Mamata)
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Like +25 Object -7 Mistborn 02 Jul 18, 23:32  interesting  top rated  controversial
How can such elitist jerks like you can be alumni of NUJS is beyond me. Education is meant to be shared, and the distance courses of NUJS (from the past data) was definitely popular and good enough to gain (and retain) attention.
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Like +22 Object -4 Veeceerkukur 03 Jul 18, 00:10  interesting  top rated
What's wrong with online courses. NLS makes tons of money from distance courses and hence their LLB fees are lowest among all law schools. They should just figure out a way to offer these courses on their own. Also offer all courses free of cost to the LLB students.
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Like +19 Object -0 GeniusVC 03 Jul 18, 10:13  interesting  top rated
Yes genius, please see how many courses NUJS is already running on its own and how successful those are. Most courses have 5-10 students at most, and many don't get any students at all, despite NUJS undertaking expensive advertisement in newspapers. It seems the EC approves these actions!
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Like +3 Object -9 Soothsayer 03 Jul 18, 10:44
NLS LLB fees lowest? What are you smoking? This is what happens when you answer questions like an unaware [*****************]. RMLNLU has the lowest fee. Please go check.
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Like +10 Object -4 Veeceerkukur 03 Jul 18, 12:47  interesting
Sorry I forgot RMLNLU exists. Should it even charge any fee is the question. But in any case, RMLNLU doesn't count anymore.
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Like +11 Object -0 Bongbeast 03 Jul 18, 14:34  interesting
Don't worry NUJS is on its way when Calcutta University will have superior faculty compared to NUJS. We are making good progress in that direction.
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Like +4 Object -1 Mental Clog 03 Jul 18, 14:42
That's ok. It happens. People tend to forget things when they are full of 'you-know-what'.
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Like +21 Object -2 Sudra 03 Jul 18, 00:18  interesting  top rated
Put an end to a mess or began a bigger mess? If NUJS has to refund several crores of fees with interest and compensation, as alumni you may not be affected but it will be at the cost of current students.
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Like +32 Object -6 Loyad 03 Jul 18, 01:06  interesting  top rated  controversial
Nothing wrong with these courses. The ppl who signed up for the courses were more serious than the students of the hallowed LLB/LLM courses and their fees were a big sum. Complete mala fide intention on part of the new VC and his cronies (AKP, AG, TRC) and a sad development where alumni like Ramanuj who have been working with NUJS for years have had to start suits against thir alma mater because of these clowns. A bunch of chimpanzees could have done a better job than these dumb fucks.
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Like +3 Object -2 Ghanta 03 Jul 18, 19:06
Has nay colleague of yours taken any such course? Do you even know how these so called exams were conducted?
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Like +8 Object -0 Guest 03 Jul 18, 19:33  interesting
At least not through the repeat, special repeat, extra-special repeat with a cherry on top etc. that the regular courses at NUJS are usually subjected to.
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Like +1 Object -0 Bongbeast 03 Jul 18, 22:13
Yes I know. They were online exams. Some courses have a lot of writing assignments, drafting assignments etc. What's the problem? What are you insinuating?
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Like +16 Object -3 Guest 03 Jul 18, 19:10  interesting  top rated
@Loyad you forget to mention LD (the lady diana of nujs)
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Like +13 Object -0 Guest 04 Jul 18, 00:32  interesting  top rated
Ld, ss, at, and some sociology teacher are performing well enough with the help of vc's personal staff. Wow, what a transformation for nujs.

VC office is like club now a days, some (cronies) can come and go extracting information with the help of vc's personal staff.

Never thought nujs will come to this down.
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Like +7 Object -1 Apathy 04 Jul 18, 19:55  interesting
The elite "Bong" club get inside information all the time. Some of the prestigious members are even related to each other and further each others' interests. This started happening during PIB'S time. That area is a place of "adda". No point blaming the current vc for it. No file moves without the elite Bong Club being privy to it.
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Like +6 Object -19 Mess 03 Jul 18, 18:33  controversial
Good that this is not sorted out. They used NUJS brand to make money out of students. I used to receive emails from NUJS subject but the sender used to be these guys. What rubbish. Good now this is all over. Just look at their blogs. Its article mining. Thousands of articles that make little sense to me - some are plagiarised too I heard....
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Like +14 Object -1 Bongbeast 03 Jul 18, 18:59  interesting  top rated
I don't know if they used NUJS or NUJS used them. Looks like NUJS has benefited so far and has been the party which has been engaging in illegal activities including suspending a running batch of a course. What pray can be the legal justification for that? Why did 2 different VCs continue it over 7 years otherwise? If you have some data to the contrary then share or else shut up with your personal vendetta. And honestly I don't think ipleaders gives two hoots about NUJS anymore. Their approach is clear and while NUJS didn't have the guts to terminate them, they clearly stated in their public statement that they don't want to work with NUJS going forward.
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Like +2 Object -1 Lonely lawyer 04 Jul 18, 11:16
What the hell is article mining? I googled the term and found nothing. Is it possible that legal articles don't make sense to you generally?
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Like +27 Object -1 Bijuda rox 03 Jul 18, 00:05  interesting  top rated
How would this impact the finances of the University? I heard a big chunk of NUJS revenue comes from these courses. Will it lead to fee increase for LLB students?
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Like +17 Object -0 Guest 03 Jul 18, 00:06  interesting  top rated
What's the inside story? What's the reason for suddenly stopping ongoing batches? Can't NUJS just terminate the contract with iPleaders and run these courses on their own? It's just a vendor contract. It's understandable if they don't want to continue with a vendor. But it doesn't make sense to stop a running course.
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Like +30 Object -0 Guest 03 Jul 18, 00:54  interesting  top rated
Why there is no EC Meeting to finalize the search committee for a new VC. What's going on really? It seems nujs is now a judiciary occupied law school where "tarikh pe tarikh" became the norm.

Kian please update us.
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Like +24 Object -2 Insider 03 Jul 18, 07:00  interesting  top rated
Here is the update, my friend. The SJA made a stupid and selfish mistake by welcoming the acting VC without putting pressure for a speedy and public advertisement of the new VC. At least now a letter to should be sent threatening to renew the agitation unless this is done, even if the acting VC be a retired judge. The advertisement must be public, else the mediocre arable in charge will appoint another Bhat.
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Like +22 Object -0 Guest 03 Jul 18, 10:57  interesting  top rated
That, plus the Acting VC already has figured out the pulse of the place. He's not opposing any of the more populist moves like attendance exemptions, special exams etc. for students. Only the important matters like permission to hold seminars, credit courses, collaborations, financial matters etc. are being stonewalled by him and the rest of the admin. He knows very well that the bulk of the students won't be so displeased by this as to show open dissent like they did against PIB.
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Like +19 Object -0 Guest 03 Jul 18, 15:28  interesting  top rated
Relevant clause in the schedule (Cl. 18.3) to the NUJS Act (see Sec. 18) mentions: "The Vice-Chancellor, who shall be a Professor of Law, shall hold office for a term of five years, which shall be renewable for-one more term only by a resolution to that effect by the Executive Council. Upon the expiry of his term, he shall continue in office until his successor is appointed and enters upon his office." There is no provision for Vice Chancellor (Acting/ Interim) in the NUJS Act/ Rules/ Regulations/Schedule.

So very clearly some matters should get clarified- who proposed the name of this person as VC, and how the EC positively acted on that. How can the EC acted in violation of an Act passed by the Legislature. What are the intentions behind this illegal appointment? And, a retired Judge of HC knowing all these patent violations of the NUJS Act joined NUJS and promoting Machiavellianism.
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Like +12 Object -5 Guest 03 Jul 18, 17:33  interesting  controversial
The Act actually didn't envisage a situation where the sitting VC would not be allowed to enter the university by students holding a protest at the gates. The SJA insisted on his immediate resignation and can't really shrug off its share of responsibility for the existing mess. So the EC hasn't done anything illegal or against the spirit of the law as such by appointing an interim VC. Their continuing delay to form even a Search Committee, let alone a new VC, is what is suspicious and mala fide. And of course, their questionable choice of a person as interim VC who has literally zero idea about how a university functions or the desire to even learn.
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Like +13 Object -0 Guest 03 Jul 18, 18:59  interesting  top rated
I think you must go by similar Acts establishing Educational Institutions (more likely WB) in India. Look for provisions there to find if a VC dies sitting on his Chair how the next acting/interim is appointed and who should be that person.

Even if you say chossing an acting/interim is legal, then justify how this criteria of "Professor of Law" is fulfilled by the act of the EC on 7 April.
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Like +0 Object -9 Guest 03 Jul 18, 19:39
It doesn't. But then, the criterion is about permanent VCs, not interim ones. The students themselves didn't want any of the internal professors to become interim VC. Where would one find an outsider academic to this thankless at Such short notice anyway? Such precedent of making ex-judges interim VC exists at NUJS. D. Banerjee, a former faculty member who was an ex judge himself (but not a professor), became the acting VC in between Menon and Chimni I think. Or maybe it was between Chimni and MP Singh.
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Like +6 Object -0 Guest 03 Jul 18, 21:26  interesting
D. Banerjea was a Professor of Law at LBSNNA after his retirement from Judicial Service. He was appointed as a Professor at NUJS and coordinator of SCJA. Do not spread wrong information.
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Like +6 Object -0 Guest 03 Jul 18, 21:42  interesting
Mr. Banerjea was a Professor at NUJS. Check this https://books.google.co.in/books?id=_IMmyGPRaogC&pg=PR11&lpg=PR11&dq=professor+d+banerjea+nujs&source=bl&ots=9GNmXX_GAb&sig=fRwPlGJluFvWyT1V7SD-v-IQxuA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiB3835p4PcAhWMpY8KHZOxABMQ6AEwBnoECAQQAQ#v=onepage&q=professor%20d%20banerjea%20nujs&f=false

Prof. Menon's preface in page xi-xii will clear your doubts. I hope you believe Prof. Menon.
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Like +0 Object -3 Guest 04 Jul 18, 06:08
Didn't mean any disrespect to D. Banerjee. The man was a legend as a teacher. I meant not a professor in the UGC sense. He never had even an LLM degree. Shows one doesn't need all that to be a good teacher.
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Like +1 Object -2 Gengine alumnus 04 Jul 18, 16:05
Justice banerjea was the best teacher as well as vc one could have. He was not a professor in the strictest ugc sense. Therefore judges with significant administrative experience can run an university well. I was a student when he was the vc. With all due respect he was better than menon.
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Like +22 Object -1 Intelligence Bureau 03 Jul 18, 10:15  interesting  top rated
The VC shortlist is almost finalised. The rumoured contenders are:

1. Prof Mehdi Ali (BHU, formerly Dean of North Bengal, supervisor of AKP's PhD)

2. Prof JK Das (Calcutta University Law Head, ex-NUJS faculty)

3. Prof NK Chakrabarti (KIIT Dean, former Calcutta University Law Head ).

An announcement will be made shortly.
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Like +23 Object -0 Veeceerkukur 03 Jul 18, 12:44  interesting  top rated
Yayyy. Ain't that awesome. JK das for VC sounded like a funny joke when he was teaching us at NUJS. He had told us that PILs can be filed in district courts. And argued about it for an entire class to establish that this is true. Congratulations NUJS and SJA. Well played.
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Like +11 Object -0 Veeceerkukur 03 Jul 18, 12:49  interesting
The same PhD with a thesis which is 80% plagiarized? Can nothing be done about that?
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Like +9 Object -0 Guest 03 Jul 18, 16:17  interesting
Indeed yes. The government has framed rules where teachers can be sacked for plagiarism. Furthermore, the government has directed universities to use Turn It In Software to determine plagiarism. But don't worry, SJA will do nothing.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/education/teachers-to-lose-jobs-students-their-registrations-if-found-guilty-of-plagiarism/story-mb4ux5npLseZNTIGQYzkGP.html

https://www.ndtv.com/education/phd-anti-plagiarism-norms-toughened-1872982
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Like +4 Object -0 Guest 04 Jul 18, 01:32
What about the PhD of ld and ss. They got those from nujs. Check those also.
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Like +1 Object -0 Ex Student 04 Jul 18, 11:16
Prof. Chakrabarti taught us in non-bailable offenses bail could not be granted!
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Like +12 Object -1 Guest 04 Jul 18, 00:49  interesting
I don't whether anyone noticed, this interim VC was part of NUJS EC during Bhat's regime. He was part of almost all the EC meetings where vital decisions were taken.

Now, he is part of a committee against Bhat. What a double standard of these judges!!!
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Like +31 Object -1 Student X 03 Jul 18, 06:56  interesting  top rated
iPleaders should partner with NALSAR, NLUD or JGLS instead. These law schools have recently been awarded autonomy under UGC to offer distance courses, have active VCs, welcome NLU alumni and will be happy to earn extra revenue through such courses. No need to work with a university whose administration is outdated and hostile to alumni.
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Like +6 Object -18 Guest 03 Jul 18, 09:33  controversial
A very good move. A move to bring in transparency into affairs of NUJS administration.
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Like +9 Object -24 Guest 03 Jul 18, 09:34  controversial
Excellent decision. These cheap antics to derive money out of bogus courses should be stopped.
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Like +11 Object -21 Guest 03 Jul 18, 09:35  controversial
No one's objecting to it. These alumni should be hauled up for minting money - by using NUJS' name.
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Like +20 Object -3 Guest 03 Jul 18, 11:05  interesting  top rated
All those who are objecting to the courses, have you actually seen for a second what their contents are or anything at all? I assure you, they are of much higher quality than any distance or part time programme NUJS offers on its own at present. Plus, the EC itself approved of all these courses earlier, it's not as if the alumni force fed those on the university or something! If NUJS doesn't want to continue with these, then there's also a perfectly legal and contractual easy of opting out. This is not it, plain and simple.
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Like +9 Object -6 rampampam 03 Jul 18, 16:01  controversial
it doesn't matter if the course is good, it doesn't matter if it makes lot of money for NUJS, the problem is that some alumni made money from this initiative. That is criminal. They must be hauled up. priorities must be straight.
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Like +7 Object -0 Bongbeast 03 Jul 18, 18:50  interesting
Sarcasm detected
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Like +5 Object -1 Guest 04 Jul 18, 00:20
You must be part of those who couldn't earn from your nujs degree.
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Like +20 Object -2 Neymar 03 Jul 18, 11:17  interesting  top rated
Can someone please explain the difference between NUJS and this college here?

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Like +15 Object -5 Guest 03 Jul 18, 12:40  interesting  controversial
Friends, please note that some elements within NUJS (who are ruining the college) are posting comments here posing as students/alumni. The truth is that they are insecure and jealous of students/alumni and trying to create divisions and rivalries. There is overwhelming appreciation of the distance courses among students and alumni. It has brought funding to the college and provided good quality education (unlike some of the clowns in the faculty).
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Like +5 Object -12 Moby 03 Jul 18, 12:52  controversial
@Kian, thanks for not publishing my comment which was a very cute take on this issue. Also, since iPleaders have made all the correspondence with NUJS public and are using LI as a platform to voice their grievance, why don't you ask them to publish the MoU as well. We can all then have a look at the terms and see if NUJS has a contractual right to unilaterally terminate or suspend the MoU.
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Like +23 Object -3 @alias 03 Jul 18, 13:16  interesting  top rated
Congratulations to SJA for bringing the new era in NUJS, where faculties are suspected criminals (barring few) and the students became precious community not to disturb.....no more it remains an institute for learning....now it becomes a PRISON.....VC is the head of law enforcing agency....well played....!!!
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Like +10 Object -1 Guest 04 Jul 18, 00:37  interesting
No, you are wrong. He is now a single bench judge, having no other division bench to appeal.
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Like +13 Object -0 Shanker2 03 Jul 18, 13:43  interesting  top rated
I am sure they will have some confidentiality clause in it. Kian can you file an RTI and get it from NUJS? It would be nice to know the terms. Public institutions can't take defence of confidentiality of contracts under RTI as per established case law. There would be unilateral termination clause for sure. But I doubt students can be penalised by suspending an ongoing batch. Also, from what I understand, NUJS has not terminated iPleaders as a vendor. Why is that?
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Like +11 Object -0 Guest 03 Jul 18, 16:08  interesting
Why can't NUJS give a public advertisement for the VC post? All traditional universities do it. It seems NLUs are a law unto themselves.
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Like +5 Object -18 Advocate Delhi 03 Jul 18, 16:59  controversial
Why the hell a law school considered as reputed and good as NUJS Kolkata decided to run these money making diploma programs with an unknown private player? Was it a scam by previous VC? Why a private company is enagaged in running a public university programme? Why a public university award a degree or diploma for courses/programmes marketed/offered and run by a private enterprise owned by few young individuals with little experience of legal practice or academia?

University has done a right thing in my view by correcting its past mistake but it must ensure giving degree/diploma to those students who were taken in the name of NUJS.
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Like +13 Object -2 lemonanana 03 Jul 18, 17:33  interesting
iPleaders is an unknown private player? It is the largest online course platform in legal space, they run many of their other courses successfully and eminently without NUJS. iPleaders website has more traffic than most other legal websites combined. The courses were started by MP Singh, in a full faculty meeting after a presentation with the overwhelming majority of faculty members supporting the initiative. NUJS has also offered courses with mylaw.net in the past, but those courses never reached this level of success. And NUJS tried offering a bunch of courses on its own, and so far has spectacularly bombed. Why should it not tie up with a private player as a vendor that can bring capability and competence? All IIMs, IIFT, GNLU etc are running online courses with help from technology partners. You must be living under a rock.
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Like +24 Object -2 Guest 03 Jul 18, 18:12  interesting  top rated
Let me make one thing clear. Anybody actually knows the people at NUJS, those at iPleaders and have actually seen the courses/material offered by NUJS alone and those together with iPleaders, can attest towards the truthfulness of what I am stating. Anybody who doesn't agree probably lacks at least one of these qualifications.

The courses which are offered by NUJS apart from the regular LLB/LLM courses, are extremely general in nature. Take into consideration the PG Diplomas they are offering. Business Laws, International Relations, Human Rights, Medical Laws etc. Most of these and the material for these have very little relation with the industry, are outdated and lack much practical use. Sad, but true. Same actually holds true for the much vaunted Business Law Programme NLSIU offers to outsiders. Almost everybody commenting are probably NLU grads themselves. I am sure when you had been studying yourselves, you would have agreed that most of what the teachers had been discussing in class had little practical application outside. So how can those same teachers prepare material having industry relevance? The classroom teaching offered at these diploma programmes is also very limited, often done by disinterested and unprepared faculty members during weekends and having little value addition. People subscribe to these courses more because of the names of the universities, rather than any value addition by the courses. There too, none of these courses offered by NUJS alone is online and can have very small student base, mostly on local level.

The courses offered by iPleaders, on the other hand, offer material, which do leave room for improvement, but are vastly superior to most of the study material offered by NUJS at the other diploma courses (and also most of their regular courses). They have been specifically created after taking input from industry practitioners and often by practitioners themselves. Most of those pertain to subjects which you will find not even more than a couple of faculty at NUJS would have any idea about, let alone be able to create material about. Moreover, NLUs like NUJS have very little practical idea about how to market courses, which is needed in this day and age, especially with existing courses offered by other institutions like NLSIU already being there in the market. NUJS is singularly incapable of hosting any online course, it can't even get its official website up and running and updated most of the time! Suggestions like that have been made and discarded before.

In the face of this, there are some faculty members at NUJS at present, like AKP, AG, TRC and others, who either lack the ability and competence to come up with appealing course ideas and material and help the university by bringing in revenue, or are too lazy to take such initiatives. At the same time, whenever these people see anybody else doing it successfully with help from others including outsiders, they will do whatever
they can to sabotage it out of sheer spite. Most of the problems currently plaguing NUJS are because of people like this, who will neither contribute to the well-being and development of the university, nor will let others do the same. Case in point, the moment one person from this group had been given the charge of a successful credit course cell few months back, credit courses stopped happening at the university. With people like this inside, the institution actually doesn't need enemies from outside.
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Like +9 Object -0 Guest 04 Jul 18, 00:54  interesting
why have you missed the the LD???
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Like +8 Object -0 Guest 04 Jul 18, 06:12  interesting
She's the one who runs the credit course cell now and has successfully managed not to allow a single course to happen since she has taken over last semester.
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Like +0 Object -5 Aloo Gobi 04 Jul 18, 09:09
@Kian, I was under the impression that LI has a policy of not revealing faculty names, including abbreviated names that can let a reader identify the faculty. LI seems to be really not up to its self imposed standards.
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Like +4 Object -0 Guest 04 Jul 18, 14:18
Well, faculty members can then be identified with nicknames using their abbreviations, e.g. Lady Diana.
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Like +4 Object -0 Bongbeast 03 Jul 18, 18:49
Hear hear
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Like +2 Object -5 Guest 03 Jul 18, 20:05
How did a state university like NUJS selected iPleaders as the service provider? Shouldn't it be by way of a tender?
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Like +3 Object -1 Guest 03 Jul 18, 21:09
iPleaders came up with the course ideas and initiatives and presented the proposal to NUJS for partnership. Without them NUJS would have no course, so for something like this, tenders couldn't practically have worked.
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Like +5 Object -1 Lonely lawyer 03 Jul 18, 22:21
Tender is called when university is spending money. Here ipleaders was made to bear all costs and then take revenue share out of any revenues generated. Tender requirements don't get triggered. Or maybe tendering was done - I don't know.
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Like +10 Object -0 Guest 03 Jul 18, 20:30  interesting
@nujsgb @sja call for an urgent meeting, put a deadline for formation of search committee (should be by July end), deadline for finalizing the appointment of new VC (should be by August end). So from September onwards nujs can see a new dawn.

#nomoreacting

@nujsgb please put this #nomoreacting in your social media interface to put sja under pressure.
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Like +4 Object -0 noojie 04 Jul 18, 00:55
#nomoreacting

@nujsgb please put this #nomoreacting in your social media interface to put sja under pressure.
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Like +2 Object -0 Guest 04 Jul 18, 14:20
The key is to insist on a public advertisement.
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Like +1 Object -0 @Kian 04 Jul 18, 17:11
@Kian
Why have you not published my comment on "PIB Out, JUSTICE in"? Publish it....let the people know the inside story of NUJS now.
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Like +1 Object -0 Gambino 05 Jul 18, 08:11
As an optimist, I think NKC as the new VC will be a great improvement over PIB. People like Menon, MP Singh and Chimni were very high-profile. They lectured at universities worldwide, served on Indian government bodies, hobnobbed with international jurists and wrote papers in international journals. It may be a good thing to have a simple, low-profile person with no distractions like these, as a lot of rebuilding and hard work needs to be done. As for his past work experience, KIIT is an unfancied private law school trying hard to establish a reputation, so their Deans should be more hard working. The present Nalsar VC was also Dean at KIIT before moving to NLUO and then NALSAR. Anyway, I said that I am an optimist!
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 08 Jul 18, 20:40
Why the delay in appointing the next VC?
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Like +3 Object -0 Guest 09 Jul 18, 13:15
Because powers that beare looking for another (pardon my French) BC, like Bhat. Not a VC. That's as succinct as one can be about this situation.
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