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NUJS students give VC Bhat ultimatum: Resign now for being ‘undemocratic’, ‘despotic’, ‘incompetent’, or face protests with ‘academic integrity’, memes

NUJS students get creative in protest with ‘academic integrity’NUJS students get creative in protest with ‘academic integrity’

NUJS Kolkata vice chancellor (VC) Prof Ishwara Bhat, who has been impeded since last week from joining CNLU Patna as VC by protesting CNLU students, is now facing an ultimatum by the NUJS student body to resign from NUJS this week.

NUJS students vowed to ensure the appointment of a “suitable” VC when they met yesterday night in the NUJS Student Juridical Association’s (SJA) general body meeting, according to the SJA’s press statement published hosted on the SJA subdomain of the nujs.edu website.

We have sent Bhat a message seeking comment.

According to the statement, which follows the revelation on Saturday of the erstwhile buried report of NUJS’ first ever review commission:

The report shows he is [...], nepotistic, undemocratic and despotic, incapable, and incompetent. Our lived experiences show how several of us have been victims of his blatant casteism and continued inaction against sexual harassment. The hallmarks of his tenure have been three no-confidence motions, stagnation and regression of academic culture, evasiveness and shirking responsibility, destruction of all meaningful engagement with stakeholders and deliberate repression of their voices. His selfishness and indifference towards the institution is exhibited by his years of efforts to delay the constitution of the long-overdue review commission and his attempt to again evade responsibility by seeking appointment at CNLU (Patna) on receipt of the report from the Hon’ble Chancellor.

and that:

Resultantly, we demand Prof. Bhat’s resignation on grounds of his proven incapacity and moral culpability by 9.00 AM on March 28, 2018 (Wednesday).

To push this demand, NUJS students have gone on a “passive” protest starting today, during which they will attend classes and engage with faculty on their views about the report. But the SJA adds in the statement:

In the highly likely scenario that he does not resign by the stipulated deadline, our protest shall become more active and vigorous.

However, under no circumstances, shall we be compromising on our academic integrity. To that end, we will be appearing for our mid-semester tests, submitting our project papers and requesting faculty to reschedule our classes so as to not jeopardise our constitutional and educational rights.

In course of our protest, we shall not be obstructing the right to work of any faculty or staff member.

Anonymous students created a Facebook page for the protests on Friday, under the name “NUJS Speaks” and has been updating it with posts about “irredeemable administrative inefficiency” and protest pictures under the handle #Notmyvc since then.

NUJS students begin protestsNUJS students begin protests The SaveNUJS Facebook page became active on 23 MarchThe SaveNUJS Facebook page became active on 23 March #NotmyVC (via Facebook page)#NotmyVC (via Facebook page) Reign of inefficiency (via Facebook)Reign of inefficiency (via Facebook) Fee hikes, memedFee hikes, memed Evidence, memedEvidence, memed Scholarships memedScholarships memed

Full NUJS SJA press statement, via SJA official website:

Notice: Because You Never Did

When the law school project was founded, it was envisaged to standardise legal education and nurture a generation of social engineers. A proud constituent of this project, NUJS was established to stand for uncompromising integrity, core constitutional values, excellence, innovation and opportunity.

To act as a mirror to this institution, a review commission is mandated every five years. Yet, this right was denied to our institution for over thirteen years. It is a testament to half a decade of our struggle that gaining access to the first-ever, statutorily mandated review of a public university was considered a success in itself. As we flipped through the report, we saw the rise and the subsequent downfall. The report depicts the abject failure of this institution to uphold its core values in the recent years under the tenure of the incumbent Vice Chancellor, Prof. (Dr.) P. Ishwara Bhat.

Prof. Bhat’s tenure utterly betrays all of our shared values. The report shows he is [...], nepotistic, undemocratic and despotic, incapable, and incompetent. Our lived experiences show how several of us have been victims of his blatant casteism and continued inaction against sexual harassment. The hallmarks of his tenure have been three no-confidence motions, stagnation and regression of academic culture, evasiveness and shirking responsibility, destruction of all meaningful engagement with stakeholders and deliberate repression of their voices. His selfishness and indifference towards the institution is exhibited by his years of efforts to delay the constitution of the long-overdue review commission and his attempt to again evade responsibility by seeking appointment at CNLU (Patna) on receipt of the report from the Hon’ble Chancellor. Unsurprisingly, NUJS suffers from large scale mismanagement and administrative failure today.

The recent protests and unrest at NUSRL (Ranchi), RMLNLU (Lucknow), NLIU (Bhopal), and CNLU (Patna) point to a larger systematic problem in the structure and working of National Law Universities – lack of accountability owing to their highly centralised nature. Despite reaching out to Executive Council and past Chancellors over the last few years, we have been unable to ascertain accountability in this broken system. Eternal vigilance has proven to be the price of our liberty. Having exhausted all institutional remedies, it has become imperative for us, the students, to fill the lacuna created due to the absence of an effective accountability mechanism.

Last night, an overwhelming majority of the Student Juridical Association in its General Body meeting vowed to ensure the appointment of a suitable Vice Chancellor. Neither can Prof. Bhat rectify his colossal failure nor give back our seven years of lost opportunities. Resultantly, we demand Prof. Bhat’s resignation on grounds of his proven incapacity and moral culpability by 9.00 AM on March 28, 2018 (Wednesday).

Despite having little hope given our experience with him so far, our plan of action shall be to initially mark our protest passively. We will be attending classes and engaging with faculty about their views on the report starting today.

In the highly likely scenario that he does not resign by the stipulated deadline, our protest shall become more active and vigorous. However, under no circumstances, shall we be compromising on our academic integrity. To that end, we will be appearing for our mid-semester tests, submitting our project papers and requesting faculty to reschedule our classes so as to not jeopardise our constitutional and educational rights. In course of our protest, we shall not be obstructing the right to work of any faculty or staff member.

Simultaneously, we shall be reaching out to all our Executive Council members and our Hon’ble Chancellor who had been waiting for the report to fix accountability and remedy the situation.

In these testing times, we look forward to support for our cause.

Read anonymous student summary of the NUJS review commission report (PDF)

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Like +13 Object -4 Guest 26 Mar 18, 14:15  interesting
What is this, Kian? Why have you redacted the word "corrupt"??? And it is the SJA making the allegation, not you, so how are you liable? Please do not become another Bar & Bench. This is a key word.
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Like +2 Object -15 kianganz 26 Mar 18, 14:18
I'm still a bit uncomfortable editorially with republishing the C word (the other C word!), when used with direct reference to Bhat. Is there any evidence of him having been corrupt, in terms of financial impropriety, etc? Or is it a more general use of the word that is intended?
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Like +8 Object -1 Guest 26 Mar 18, 15:22  interesting
Your role is that of a journalist. When Trump calls Hillary "Crooked Hillary" does CNN censor it? Also, corruption does not always imply direct bribe taking. Moral corruption and dishonesty also counts.
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Like +5 Object -16 kianganz 26 Mar 18, 15:40  controversial
Arguably journalists also played into Trump's hand by just repeating Trump's nonsense and vitriol verbatim...

Not saying that anything the SJA says is nonsense, but media is also supposed to act as a gatekeeper to keep the debate factual, and I don't think you can accuse us of having treated student interests in this unfairly so far...

Including or not including the C word is a judgment call, in this case, but I don't think it makes a major difference to the argument or facts if it's missing, if it seeks to describe moral corruption or general dishonesty.

But by all means, do feel free to share actual instances or examples of general dishonesty or moral corruption, and we'll be happy to reconsider.
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Like +3 Object -5 Nujs student 26 Mar 18, 19:48
"Arguably journalists also played into Trump's hand by just repeating Trump's nonsense and vitriol verbatim... "

Precisely. I want PIB out as anyone else, but journalistic ethics are important.
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Like +8 Object -0 Lokpal 26 Mar 18, 19:59  interesting
When Bhat has signed on every document that proved the ex-Registrar's financial impropriety and the only reason he was not convicted by hon'ble High Court was because he cut a deal to be not made a party to the suit, how does it absolve him of any 'moral culpability' with regards the corruption?

In spite of the High Court's recommendations for a CAG audit of the University and CID inquiry against other members of the administration, no action has been taken by him. When it comes to matters of corruption (or sexual harassment as the students have pointed out in their petition), non-action or neutrality are as good as being a complicit.
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Like +0 Object -0 2006 alumnus 28 Mar 18, 03:53
Sources say, people close to the Vice Chancellor including a senior faculty member has been complicit in corrupting funds that comes in the name of the university for various research and conferences.

Do you know where can I find a list of conferences that NUJS has received funding for and how many have actually happened?
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Like +10 Object -0 Pi 26 Mar 18, 14:23  interesting
I agree, SJA is making the allegation through a public widely circulated open letter, LI is not impleaded if it mentions the allegation. LI is neither endorsing not opposing the allegation, it is merely reporting it. Of course all editors have powers of redaction, but should it be used when a diff organisation has issued a statement. Is it not amounting to unwarranted biased censorship?
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Like +3 Object -11 kianganz 26 Mar 18, 14:39
I understand your concern, but don't think it's really censorship. The original letter is available at the link.

Technically we are legally liable for whatever we print, even if we only attribute it to someone else. There's possibly some exception for things that are said in court, and also if we have given the opportunity to the subject of the allegation to respond.

And while Bhat has been given that opportunity here, he's historically been terrible at exercising this and right now I haven't seen any overt reference of corruption, so I'd prefer to play it a bit safer and avoid the hyperbole on that front (with the C word having initially already been embraced a bit too enthusiastically at CNLU, for instance https://www.legallyindia.com/lawschools/nujs-vc-ishwara-bhat-causes-campus-lockdown-at-cnlu-even-before-taking-seat-as-its-vc-00011130-9173 ).
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Like +7 Object -8 Pi 26 Mar 18, 16:03  controversial
@Kian I think the best course of action would be to remove any reference to allegations against the VC. I dont know if he is corrupt in the traditional sense of the term, neither do I know if he is casteist, I presume you do not know for sure either. So to take your argument a step further why keep the allegations of casteism etc.?
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Like +10 Object -0 NUJS student 26 Mar 18, 19:45  interesting
There are student willing to openly confirm the fact that the VC has repeatedly dismissed their academic concerns by asking them "what quota are you from?". Conceited questions like "What is your CLAT rank?" are regularly asked by him to 4th and 5th year law students.

Why don't you just ask the actual stakeholders if you are so unsure?
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Like +5 Object -0 Pi 27 Mar 18, 02:58  interesting
It was a rhetorical question for Kian. Because he is censoring one out of many allegations, I was merely trying to show that on the basis of the logic of his argument all allegations should be censored.
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Like +0 Object -0 Kaka 28 Mar 18, 13:42
Breaking:4 senior professors has gone to VCs house to fetch his resignation along with 4 student reps. If Bhat refuses, limbo will continue until EC can assemble and ask for his resignation. Which it may not given that all the EC members are mostly his personal friends and mentors like Venkat Rao.
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Like +7 Object -0 Guest 26 Mar 18, 15:33  interesting
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Like +6 Object -5 Flashback 26 Mar 18, 15:53  controversial
Good job, but this is too little too late. Action should have been taken many years ago by the then SJA office-bearers...



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Like +11 Object -2 NUJS Alumni 26 Mar 18, 19:51  interesting
I have been an ex-office bearer of the SJA and I feel what truly adds legitimacy to this protest is the sheer fact that the students have explored every possible alternative before going on this final lap- from issuing no-confidence motions to reaching out to the CJI.

Whether that led to a delay of a few years? Certainly. But that also shows the absolute maturity and patience of the NUJS students. In such circumstances, the burden of morality on the Vice Chancellor to resign becomes unconditional.
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Like +3 Object -32 FYI 26 Mar 18, 17:03  troll?
NUJS has seen massive developmental work being undertaken in the tenure of Prof. Bhat. Students are acting in an immature manner
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Like +6 Object -1 Nujs 26 Mar 18, 19:24  interesting
What work are you talking about? The one that he makes his cronies do as a reward for their support? Or the work that he had allegedly done according to annual reports but in reality even that was literally plagiarised from the annual report of MP SINGH' tenure? You have to be really spineless and dumb to believe that this man is capable and competent to run a college like nujs
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Like +0 Object -2 FYI 28 Mar 18, 12:40
There has been massive developmental activities undertaken under the tenure of Prof. Bhat including A/cs conference halls etc. and unprecedented amount of funds and autonomy granted to students. Of course some extremist elements within the student community connected with Naxal outfits and political organisations are engineering this protest because VC is not suave and sophisticated enough and does not understand the elite society from which most of these students come from.
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Like +8 Object -0 Noojie 26 Mar 18, 19:53  interesting
I hope your facts aren't coming from a random Quora post which was apparently written as part of Bhat's PR to endear him to the protesting CNLU students.
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Like +21 Object -0 Vava Banerjee 26 Mar 18, 18:07  interesting  top rated
Throw him out. Set an example.
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Like +7 Object -23 Is Bhat a Villain? 26 Mar 18, 19:36  controversial
I can hear the hurt in the voice of NUJS students when they talk about the claimed administrative inefficiencies during Prof. Bhat's tenure. And I empathize with them when they feel the need to stand up against an administration which they believe has done wrong by them.

However, I want to have a discussion with the members of the student body regarding one thing - what happens if Bhat is no longer the NUJS VC? I know you will come back with something along the lines of "bro, NUJS will be great again!". I do understand why you might feel that way, you might feel that changing the person at the helm might be a good start to making changes to the institution.

But one thing I feel needs to come in a discussion where one person is being made responsible for everything wrong in an institution is whether removing him is the end-all solution it is portrayed as. If you look around the world, you will see that every administration that has ever graced this earth has faced backlash from the people around it. You look at Obama or Manmohan Singh or even Mahatma Gandhi, who is called an anti-national in some corners. People had problems with them because they felt they were not doing enough. Indeed, even NUJS students have grievances against their student representatives for various reasons. It is futile to expect an administration to create a perfect world because that kind of a world does not exist.

I know that the NUJS student body is full of bright, motivated and intelligent students. I would request them to pause for a minute and ponder whether Bhat should really be talked about as the villain he is mercilessly portrayed as.
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Like +14 Object -3 NUJS Speaks 26 Mar 18, 20:22  interesting
Please do not for a second reduce our protest to a short-sighted campaign against P. Ishwara Bhat. As the most active student body, we understand better than anybody else the structural problems that exist within this University. The SJA has made numerous attempts at addressing these structural problems - accountability, for instance. Since 2014, the SJA and the NUJS Alumni have been demanding a full fledged CAG audit and CID inquiry against the perpetrators in the Ex-Registrar's case to address the broader problems of fixing accountability. However, Bhat's presence in the institution has been a constant hindrance to the students even initiating any of these structural reforms.

We are not forgetting the fact that our institution still does not have basic things like a proper sexual harassment code or an effective scholarship policy. But what we are saying, is that we have tried to initiate all these reforms (when it's not our job in the first place) but have been met with delaying tactics and action paralysis from the current VC.

Does Bhat's resignation mean a magic wand moment where all our problems are solved? Certainly not. But as a first step, it at least gives a better working environment where we can sit down and actually DO something about our problems, than just fighting for representation to appropriate forums.

PS: With regards to appropriate forums, the SJA has also been simultaneously reaching out to the members of the Executive Council (on whom Bhat pins the entire burden of implementing the report) with an actual long term plan. [The reason this protest hasn't been ccentered around a the set of particular demands is because we have done that enough already in three no-confidence motions. Each time Bhat has aquiesced to them and done nothing about them for years. It is simply no longer possible to work with him and even hope for the implementation of the generous recommendations of the URC report, when we haven't been to secure our basic survival and educational rights from him after 7 years. This protest is not about Bhat. It is about 7 years of our lost opportunities which he can never restore. It is about working towards our future, one in which he has lost the legitimacy to be a part of.]

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Like +3 Object -14 Is Bhat a Villain? 26 Mar 18, 21:17
Thank you for your thoughtful response. I understand you feel Bhat has been a hindrance in improving the University. I praise you for having as your goal the making of NUJS a better place rather the sacking of Bhat.

But again, remember, if you want a VC who holds the same views as you do, that is going to be a tough task. Any new VC may pose a completely different set of problems compared to what Bhat does.

I wish you all the best in your aims of bettering your University. But do try to still have a working relationship with Bhat if he is in charge even after the protests. In my experience, people often do things for you if you have made the effort to understand them and make them feel wanted.

One of the reasons I feel Bhat and many other teachers in NUJS shy away from taking decisions is because of the sanctimonious bad-mouthing that follows most decisions. Please try to make things happen in a manner that would make Bhat feel good about himself and you just might get proposals through even if it takes time.

I know your intentions are good and I hope you can make this institution into what you want it to be.
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Like +12 Object -1 Bhaiya 26 Mar 18, 22:08  interesting
By "same views", do you mean a VC with the interests of the institution in mind rather than his own and of his cronies? My, what an unrealistic demand we must be having to look for such a quality in the head of our institution! Any VC MAY pose a different set of problems, this guy HAS POSED and WILL KEEP POSING the same set of problems and more. So long as he is around, the recommendations of the Review Commission is never going to be properly implemented in their proper spirit. That's for certain from the behaviour he has displayed over the years. Bhat does not fail to take decisions when those decisions suit his own need. All the "sanctimonious bad mouthing" doesn't deter him in those cases, whether it is CCTV in classrooms or holding special repeat exams for selected few. Why is the students' responsibility to make the teachers or Bhat 'feel good'? Are we their nannies? if we were holding this strike seeking illegal or immoral things like demanding to sit for exams with 0% attendance or making us pass when we have actually failed, then your arguments would have made more sense. We 'might just get proposals' through? Are we beggars that we have to wait in line for years to get simple policies implemented that makes the lives of the students and the institution better? Nobody gave me that memo (or sent a generic outdated email as is the wont of the admin) when I selected this place over other NLUs knowing about its eminent history and future and present potential.
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Like +2 Object -13 Is Bhat a Villain? 26 Mar 18, 22:45
Look, I understand all the hurt.

But do you know what happened when I read your comment? I felt like not interacting with you at all because you were trying to make me look small through phrases like "your arguments would have made more sense", and "are we their nannies?". And I know your response is going to be "we don't care what you feel, stop being a pussy and start saying our demands are legitimate."

I am already saying your demands are legitimate. But a bit of consideration and understanding never hurt the world.
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Like +12 Object -1 Bhaiya 26 Mar 18, 23:04  interesting
That's your insecurity speaking, not my arguments. Given how condescending your own comment sounded, despite however much you tried sounding sincere, it's a bit rich you seeking consideration and understanding. And you are not doing me any favour by proclaiming legitimacy upon my demands, nor am I seeking your seal of approval on it. See how sentences can be made to feel others wish they won't interact with you?
"And I know your response is going to be "we don't care what you feel, stop being a pussy and start saying our demands are legitimate." - Again with the presumption, pal. Maybe if you stop making those, you can actually understand how the students feel when you talk to them, instead of simply claiming you can.
Students aren't saying this is the best way to change things. It's simply the only viable way left before them, after having tried everything else. If you have better options in mind, why not actually implement them for a change? (you distinctly sound like an insider faculty member/admin and assuming you are in a position to change anything) At least students are talking and acting at the same time. What has the faculty members done in all these years to actually stop Bhat and his tyranny? I agree some have tried to make things better for the students and the institution in general in their own way, but that's not simply enough.
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Like +1 Object -12 Is Bhat a Villain? 27 Mar 18, 00:20
Yes, maybe my comments are condescending. But how can I say something contrary to your views without you seeing me in a bad light?

My basic idea is this - if we stop pointing fingers at people, then the world would be a better place to live in. My comments on the protests against Bhat were based on this idea.

All said, you are right in wanting change. I only wanted a change in the mode of expression of that change but it's fine if you believe in the mode you have chosen.
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Like +2 Object -1 Bleh! 27 Mar 18, 13:09
Hey there!

Your "basic idea" sounds so similar to "I wish we could all get along like we used to in middle school... I wish I could bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat and be happy". Guess what? That phase has been done and dusted.

I have been one of the unfortunate batches to suffer under this crummy PIB. So either you have no idea what you're talking about or you just want to further pro-PIB propaganda!
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Like +0 Object -0 Noojie 29 Mar 18, 00:04
Stopping pointing fingers - every dictator looking for an opportunity to abuse power would love that!
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Like +1 Object -0 DarkNight 27 Mar 18, 13:01
Bhaiya, this " Is Bhat a Villain?" is an educated troll. Leave him be; he doesn't seem to be from NUJS at all, given his knack at unparalleled presumptions.
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Like +1 Object -0 Bhaiya 27 Mar 18, 13:32
@DarkNight: I would have been happier if I thought he was a troll, but sadly, I've listened to way too many faculty members harbouring similar opinions over the past 2 days :-/
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Like +10 Object -0 sadfull 26 Mar 18, 20:21  interesting
Do his SHRADH CEREMONY on 28 March, 2018 after 9 am in front of the main gate. #sja
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Like +7 Object -0 Guest 26 Mar 18, 20:40  interesting


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Like +1 Object -6 Everything aside 26 Mar 18, 20:50
Is it a systematic problem or a systemic problem?
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Like +6 Object -0 Detective 26 Mar 18, 20:56  interesting
I would like to set the record straight about the pro-Bhat comments and how LI foolishly believed quoted such a comment.

Here is what what happened:

1. On Bar & Bench a pro-Bhat comment was posted by someone giving the impression of being an insider: https://barandbench.com/shwara-bhat-vice-chancellor-cnlu-patna/

2. Who is this person? An recent graduate of ILS Pune:
https://in.linkedin.com/in/sanam-kabre-94836810b

3. Now, look at the Quora comment. The language is identical. So either he wrote it or someone plagiarised his comment.
https://www.quora.com/Is-it-a-good-thing-for-CNLU-that-they-are-getting-NUJS-VC-Ishwara-Bhat-Is-he-actually-as-bad-as-Legally-India-articles-portray-him-to-be

So the question is: why is an ILS Pune grad being allowed to comment like this on Quora and why is Kian quoting him?

I do not deny that a few genuine insiders have been posting pro-Bhat comments (probably his supporters in the faculty). But do not believe the Quora comment. It is a classic example of FAKE NEWS.
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Like +6 Object -0 frank 26 Mar 18, 21:38  interesting
Some years ago, the NALSAR students joined forces with Legally India and removed Veer Singh. Then Assam, Ranchi, Bhopal followed. Now NUJS. It will be great if this "Arab Spring" continues and the issue ultimately reaches Parliament. Maybe Legally India can seek a comment from Professor Sugata Bose, the Lok Sabha MP and Harvard professor who introduced the NLU bill? His contact details are available in public and on the Harvard website as well.
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Like +1 Object -2 Guest 27 Mar 18, 01:30
True...only ccr and crsgpp is functional. But in review commission report it mentioned about 8 research centers.
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Like +2 Object -0 Nujs 27 Mar 18, 01:56
But in the next paragraph mention that they are still not operational
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Like +1 Object -0 Guest 27 Mar 18, 04:09
Kian because of LI's headline the Telegraph highlighted just the CCTV camera part. Too bad. That is the least of the concerns here.

https://www.telegraphindia.com/calcutta/moral-policing-rap-on-nujs-218724

Also disappointed at the Bar & Bench headline saying the report felt NUJS was at a "fork in the road". The main observations were on misgovernance, faculty, infra etc.
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Like +2 Object -3 Alias 27 Mar 18, 04:31
I agree with all the points raised by students but have a dissenting view on fees. Today, IIM raised its fee to 10 lakhs a year. If you want NLUs to be like IIMs in terms of infra and faculty quality, then a fee hike is inevitable. Good faculty will only come if paid well. The review committee also says that faculty should be paid IIM pay scales, but the state will not pay so much. So fees is the only answer. This is one reason Jindal attracts very good faculty despite poor student quality. I am not saying that NLUs should change 7 lakhs a year like Jindal, but 5 lakhs a year should be what you should expect to pay if IIM is your model.

https://www.livemint.com/Education/8BgxNXC5KMBGZgTijnNtVI/IIMAhmedabad-raises-PG-management-program-fee-to-Rs22-lakh.html
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Like +3 Object -0 Bhaiya 27 Mar 18, 10:36
@Alias: Students wouldn't have had that much issue with the fee hike if they could see the money being used properly and transparently towards student welfare and institutional improvement, rather than opaque contracts without proper tenders that go on for months (case in point: a room that is being converted into 'state of the art lecture hall' for over 6 years, almost as long as the latest Kolkata Metro project!), infra upgrades that keep failing, needless expenditure like CCTVs (installation and removal both) and so on. The university at this point charges 50000 annually from each PhD student in return of almost zero support barring availability of library (they don't even get workspace as such). How is that supposed to attract good PhD scholars to come here and produce good quality research and also help share the teaching responsibilities, just as it happens in any good educational institution?
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Like +3 Object -1 Informer 27 Mar 18, 05:15
NEWS FLASH: A member of the Mysore Mafia was overheard speaking to Bhat on his mobile and giving him updates on the protest. It happened in a secluded area, under the stairs. The person who overheard was there just by accident. The conversation was in Kannada (which the listener has a broken knowledge of) mixed with English.
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Like +3 Object -0 Bouncer 27 Mar 18, 10:37
It's good if he gets all the info and wisely decides not to come back. Good riddance!
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Like +4 Object -0 T Tuk Ghosh Kumar 27 Mar 18, 13:02
It is disheartening to see a premier Institute of India being subjected to poor academic and administrative leadership. Hope the students will emerge victorious.


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Like +2 Object -0 NUJS 27 Mar 18, 14:23
All the irregularities during 7 years of Bhat ruling should be inquired, just asking him to leave is not sufficient. The damage has to be undone through inquiry and by fixing the loopholes in accordance with law
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Like +2 Object -0 Noojie 27 Mar 18, 15:40
Suggestion - SJA should hold a symbolic "farewell" for Bhat at the quad as soon as the deadline expires.
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 27 Mar 18, 17:34
Bhat must not be allowed to join CNLU. I hope the people at CNLU are going to cite the report and demand another VC.
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Like +3 Object -0 Guest 27 Mar 18, 18:08
Live Law has mentioned that the students have called Bhat "corrupt" and not censored the word. Sad that LI is doing so.

http://www.livelaw.in/nujs-students-demand-vcs-resignation-review-commission-report-reveals-maladministration-read-report/
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Like +1 Object -6 kianganz 27 Mar 18, 18:23 LI subscriber
Each to their own. :)

I still have not seen smoking gun proof of corruption, and until and unless we do, I'd rather be careful with use of that word.
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Like +1 Object -0 Guest 27 Mar 18, 21:22
Even Bar & Bench has quoted the "corrupt" word.
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Like +2 Object -0 Pi 27 Mar 18, 23:42
So you have smoking gun proof for the other allegations.

:D
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Like +3 Object -1 SUPERMAN 27 Mar 18, 19:18
Corruption/dishonesty may be in different form. It is not necessarily to result in the monetary value alone. Nepotism and favouritism are the some of the examples. In the university, PIB conferred most of the financial benefits to his persons. Especially to a single individual “SPB”
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Like +15 Object -0 Guest 27 Mar 18, 20:12  interesting  top rated
Bhat asks research centers to write for him or do his personal research/publishing works. Most vulnerable in these case is a research center and a chair run by the state government.

Several former researchers of that particular center left their job getting frustrated and some are preparing to leave. Even now some newly recruited researchers of that center are continuously writing for Bhat prominently one specialized in constitutional law. The research fellow of that center belongs to the same clan of Bhat and thus another post of fellow were never filled up to maintain his supremacy.

Some relative of a judge is also empoyed in that particular chair on a part time basis having the tendency of not attending office at all. The professor of the chair is also a person from Bhat's state who is literally an unknown alien to nujs. This is how money sent by the state government is utilized by Bhat for his own publications, keeping personal relationship with powerful people and sometimes more.

Aren't these corruption from the part of Bhat? As an academic, it's the most dangerous kind of corruption I believe. The center is called crsgpp and the chair is amc. Go and ask.
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Like +3 Object -0 Agree 27 Mar 18, 20:41
Spot on. Kian, hope you are listening.

We are going to expose the Mafia in the coming days. Just wait...
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Like +6 Object -0 Bhaiya 27 Mar 18, 22:34  interesting
Add to that, his having nominated himself for Exchange Programmes traditionally meant for students and junior faculty members (eg. his recent Canada trip), his putting pressure on contractual faculty members to hold special exams for students from influential families, his approving huge sums of money to that chair professor mentioned here for a meagre number of lectures a year (which led the approving trust to take away the financing decision making power for that chair from the university), his giving impossible conditions to excellent candidates for faculty positions (so that they can't accept those and he can take in his cronies instead), his never advertising the positions for the chair professors during his tenure, the list goes on.
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Like +0 Object -0 Noojie 28 Mar 18, 21:41
I heard that Bhat forces the researchers of the centre to write articles for him and to do his personal work. He has insulted and even threatened those who refused. Many quality researchers left only because of him.
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Like +6 Object -0 Noojie 27 Mar 18, 20:37  interesting
Hi Kian, please come down to Calcutta tomorrow. You should cover the students movement with live updates.
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Like +1 Object -0 Tweety 27 Mar 18, 22:35
Yes, Kian. You should totally go. I remember your last visit to NUJS. Didn't turn out to be half bad, did it? :D At least send Prachi or someone to cover it, no?
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Like +1 Object -11 NUJS ALUMNI 27 Mar 18, 22:14
Just look at the pot calling the kettle black! Academic impropriety and corruption is rife even amongst students of NUJS. (Don't even try to deny it).
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Like +2 Object -0 Bhaiya 27 Mar 18, 22:42
@NUJS Alumni: Are you actually saying that a person in the position of Vice Chancellor of the university, drawing salary and emoluments to do his job, and in a fiduciary capacity regarding the administrative affairs, engaging in improprieties as mentioned above, and a student plagiarising on a student essay, are one and the same thing? Like, wow! These people should be held to the same standard, right? Oh, I forgot, the reason any student believes they can get away with such stuff is also because administrative inaction, negligence and favouritism. VC clearly has the power to hold the students accountable for their 'corruption' (a term as you seem to suggest), so who holds the VC accountable for his actions?
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Like +5 Object -0 Guest 27 Mar 18, 22:54  interesting




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Like +6 Object -0 Guest 27 Mar 18, 23:08  interesting
There is a small but VERY IMPORTANT detail that people have missed. In Sep 2016, Bhat had applied for the post of VC of Karnataka State Law University, just before his reappointment was confirmed and the review commission was set up. So he had made his escape plan back then.


https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hubballi/KSLU-VC-will-be-appointed-soon/articleshow/54475828.cms
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Like +2 Object -0 Protest 28 Mar 18, 02:28
Will the protest fever pass on to GNLU students??
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Like +1 Object -1 sos 28 Mar 18, 08:53
OMG... DEADLINE OVER....NO RESIGNATION!!

WHAT NOW ??!!!
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Like +2 Object -0 Guest 28 Mar 18, 11:42
All students in front of gate. Protest being live-streamed. NLUD has issued statement of support. Similar statements from NALSAR and NLSIU expected shortly.
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Like +0 Object -0 Noojie 28 Mar 18, 15:03
The live-streaming appears to have stopped. Any new updates? I think the video mentioned the VC had promised to resign, and a few students were headed for a meeting at his residence. Anything after that?
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Like +5 Object -1 NUJS 28 Mar 18, 16:04
HE'S OUT! WE DID IT!
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Like +2 Object -11 Guest 28 Mar 18, 16:16
You bullied a man into resignation. What's there to be proud about?
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Like +0 Object -2 Noojie 28 Mar 18, 17:42
You got an f
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Like +1 Object -1 Guest 28 Mar 18, 18:13
An 'f' in what? Please elaborate your statement instead of saying things which mean fuck-all.
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Like +2 Object -2 LI Reader 31 Mar 18, 20:33
I am seeing overacting and overreacting of NUJS students for long. It got good quality students in the beginning. Some students left even NLS and Nalsar to join it. It became good because of them. But over a period of time, it has become mediocre both in faculty and student quality. All NLUs have faculty quality/shortage issue but NUJS seems to have more than this. Most of the good people/faculty left nujs and the remaining will leave it if they get jobs at other places looking at the way its students are treating their faculty and VC. Guys, respect your teachers whoever they are. Respect your VC whatever he is. You can prove all your points without being a lumpen or disrespectful. That's a thumb rule for a good institution. You are behaving like rowdies. Which good university student raise slogan like this against their VC - Ishawara Bhat Jaldi Hat. Do you guys call your father also like this if unhappy with him. You attack his dignity. If you were upset, go to court, go to chancellor, write against him. How can you abuse him publicly. If he was a VC of a conservative university like CU or DU/BHU, he would have called Police and para military to take care of your activism and throw you out of campus till things came under control. You should be thankful to him that he did not do all that. In my humble view, the student union and entire student body must collectively apologize to Prof. Bhatt whether he continues as VC or he goes. This is no way to treat a senior professor and an honourable position holder and a person of your grandfather's age. I can't digest, a top law school students can be so arrogant and disrespectful to use I am seeing overacting and overreacting of NUJS students for long. It got good quality students in the beginning. Some students left even NLS and Nalsar to join it. It became good because of them. But over a period of time, it has become mediocre both in faculty and student quality. All NLUs have faculty quality/shortage issue but NUJS seems to have more than this. Most of the good people/faculty left nujs and the remaining will leave it if they get jobs at other places looking at the way its students are treating their faculty and VC. Guys, respect your teachers whoever they are. Respect your VC whatever he is. You can prove all your points without being a lumpen or disrespectful. That's a thumb rule for a good institution. You are behaving like rowdies. Which good university student raise slogan like this against their VC - Ishawara Bhat Jaldi Hat. Do you guys call your father also like this if unhappy with him. You attack his dignity. If you were upset, go to court, go to chancellor, write against him. How can you abuse him publicly. In my humble view, the student union and entire student body must collectively apologize to Prof. Bhatt whether he continues as VC or he goes. This is no way to treat a senior professor and an honourable position holder and a person of your grandfather's age. I can't believe, a top law school students of the country - Ishwar Bhatt, Jaldi Hat. Shameful and disgusting.
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Like +1 Object -1 Babli 31 Mar 18, 20:52
Troll troll mein troll troll ke troll troll ye aa jayega. Haar jeet se haar jeet ke jeet haar sikhaega. Copy pasting toh achha se kar le bhai! Ek cheez kitne jagah chipkayega?
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