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NUJS students RTI admin’s alleged burial of first-ever university review report, receive no response

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NUJS Kolkata students have filed Right to Information (RTI) requests for the report of the law school's 16-years-overdue review, as the administration has not made the report public even two months after it was submitted to the Chief Justice of India (CJI).

The RTI asks for a copy of the report, the date on which the review commission had submitted it to the CJI and a copy of all the communication the commission has made regarding the report to any public office since after the report was submitted to the CJI.

The CJI, who is also the NUJS chancellor, had constituted the law school's first ever review commission comprising of professors Faizan Mustafa, Mohan Gopal and Lalit Magotra on 24 December 2016, and we understand from authoritative sources that the commission had submitted a finished report to the CJI towards the end of November 2017.

When we contacted NUJS vice chancellor Prof Ishwara Bhat on 19 December 2017, during the law school's winter break, he confirmed that the commission had submitted the report but added that he had not yet seen it.

NUJS opened for the academic session in January and since then students have approached the administration for a copy of the report but have been denied it, they have told us.

Bhat did not respond to calls and messages seeking comment since last week.

VC at NUJS for six years now, Bhat has two no-confidence petitions against him by the law school's students.

That's one of the reasons that the observations of its first ever review commission in its 16 years of its existence are of particular significance to the students.

NUJS graudate Shambo Nandy commented when contacted: "I had visited NUJS last week when I was in Calcutta and got to know that the Review Commission has already submitted its report.

"However, on enquiring from several sources, I also got to know that a copy of such report is yet to be placed before the Executive Council / General Council. In fact, no one I spoke to could say where such report could be found.

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