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NUJS to double batch size, open 2 new ‘branches’ in last-minute WB proposal slipped into EC meet today

Last minute addition to EC meeting suggests opening 2 new NUJS campusesLast minute addition to EC meeting suggests opening 2 new NUJS campuses

A request by the West Bengal state government saw a last minute addition to today’s agenda of the NUJS Kolkata executive council (EC) meeting that extended the tenure of vice chancellor (VC) Ishwara Bhat by five years.

The proposal by the state government, which has not yet been approved, would see NUJS having to double its intake of students from 125 to 250 students and to open up two new branches in the state.

In a letter dated yesterday (23 September, see below) from the West Bengal department of labour to Bhat, the government asked for:

National University of Juridical Sciences, one of the most respected Law institutes of the country, is delivering legal education for more than a decade now.

But the capacity of students in the University is presently 125 per year, although, thousands of students throughout the State are interested to get admission in this reputed institution.

As such it is desired that the intake of students may be increased from 125 to 250 and two branches of this esteemed institution may be opened at Siliguri and Asansol to cater legal education for the students coming from the districts and to facilitate the legal study at their doorsteps.

A last-minute amendment to today’s EC meeting agenda as item AA1 (see copy above) made apparently after receipt of this letter then tabled the government’s proposal “for opening branches of WBNUJS in Siliguri and Asansol”, “up for kind perusal and directions”.

At today’s meeting, which included representation form the state government, the proposal was tabled for the next EC meeting on 12 November.

Bhat has not responded to our messages seeking comment at the time of publication.

Update 26 September: Bhat has told Bar & Bench: “It is just a proposal as of now. The Academic Council has to meet and decide on the feasibility of opening of two new colleges. I cannot say how long it will take to come up with a decision.”

Bhat’s term was extended in the same meeting by five more years despite resistance from students and faculty.

WB Government request to open 2 new NUJS branchesWB Government request to open 2 new NUJS branches

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Like +26 Object -1 abcd 24 Sep 16, 20:01  interesting  top rated
The state government does not have funds to develop the 1 acre land given to the present campus last year but wants two more campuses in remoter areas. NUJS does not have enough teachers for a batch of 125 but they want to increase the intake to 250. Their concern is that thousands of students want to take admission in NUJS from the State but they dont care about the demands made by the students already studying there.

Its a NATIONAL Law University. It is one of the most respected law schools of the country because students come from all over the country to study there. You make it a Bengali bastion by opening new campuses and giving state reservations and soon all those thousands of students who want to study here will want to go somewhere else. The quality of students will fall. Respected and qualified professors do not want to teach under the administration of Bhat in a city like Kolkata and in a University like NUJS. How will you ever find good teachers for campuses situated in remoter areas and under the same administration? NUJS will become some unknown local law college.
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Like +6 Object -0 Guest 24 Sep 16, 20:02  interesting
Kian, Asansol is the constituency of this minister. Please report that.
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Like +1 Object -0 Observer 26 Sep 16, 14:33 LI subscriber
Oh wow! Great input!!

By the way, won't an amendment to the NUJS Act be required to open new campuses?
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Like +4 Object -2 OMG!!! 24 Sep 16, 20:14
Terrible news, but a crisis can be avoided as follows:

1. The branches in those places can be non-degree awarding centres that simply train district lawyers or give legal aid, or fresh law colleges mentored by NUJS but NOT sharing the NUJS brand name. Also pressure EC not to approve it.

2. Launch a campaign to get Modi govt to designate all NLUs as institutes of national importance like IITs. Currently, all NLUs are STATE universities and open to such interference.

3. About the batch intake, the extra 125 can be put in courses that don't clash with BALLB placements, such as LLM, MPhil, PhD, or new "soft" courses like BA in human rights, BA in pol science etc, where students have no expectations of placements.
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Like +1 Object -44 Scholar 24 Sep 16, 20:23  troll?
How is Legally India getting such confidential information? It is against law to leak such sensitive official secret. You must show respect to Professor Bhat who is your elder and Hon'ble Vice Chancellor.

I feel some students and faculties is behind this in partnership with poisonous old faculty members who left for other colleges. These faculties and student will be identified and punished.
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Like +26 Object -0 kuch bhi 24 Sep 16, 20:32  interesting  top rated
Let us not respect people for their age and position but for their abilities. If you would kindly elaborate on the abilities of
Bhat as a good VC or his achievements in the past 5 years?
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Like +1 Object -24 Scholar 24 Sep 16, 21:04  troll?
There are many achievement. Such as:

1. Good placement
2. Appointment of accomplished faculties (full time)
3. Award of prestigious award by SILF
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Like +17 Object -0 NALSAR 25 Sep 16, 01:32  interesting  top rated
1. Good Placement = Credit to NUJS Students
2. I know for a fact that the standard of faculty has deteriorated despite the hiring of new ones
3. Balls
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Like +5 Object -1 Kahan ka scholar 25 Sep 16, 11:08
Good placement is not because of Bhat. It's the persistent effort of the recruitment committees and the students on their own.

Can you name the full time accomplished faculties?

The Institutional Excellence Award 2016 was given to College of Law and Governance, Mody University of Science and Technology, Lakshmangarh, Rajasthan. I really doubt the prestige of the award.

Only 3 things in 5 years which are not even achievements or his achievements?
Nothing more?
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Like +9 Object -0 Guest 24 Sep 16, 20:37  interesting
Everything is clear now. The Minister from Asansol has a struck deal with Bhat: open a campus in my constituency (and another constituency important to the Trinamul) and I will support your term extension.

GB meeting must be called at once.
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Like +6 Object -2 Informer 24 Sep 16, 20:53
My prediction on NUJS cabinet portfolios:

Ishwar Bhat: VC of NUJS Cal campus
Junior Anirban: Registrar
Chengappa: Senior Asst Registrar

AK Poddar: Particular VC of NUJS Siliguri (he also studied law from Siliguri)

Senior Anirban : VC of NUJS Asansol
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Like +1 Object -6 Poor journalism 24 Sep 16, 22:00
Seriously tabloid journalism to have a headline which is only a proposal at best for now. Kian, why you hate NUJS!?
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Like +5 Object -2 kianganz 25 Sep 16, 09:59
Yeah, not really: proposals are news. If we wait with reporting until proposals are passed, then we might as well wait for the university to issue a press release about it and dutifully report it then .
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Like +1 Object -0 Bhat Must Go 24 Sep 16, 22:34
quid pro quo
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Like +2 Object -3 Guest 25 Sep 16, 00:00
This is just like a House of Cards episode --- open a new campus in my constituency and increase intake from Bengal, and I'll lobby for your reappointment. In the meantime, Kian obtains exclusive scoops by engaging in a bromance with the minister's rival (who is obviously in cahoots with someone in the EC).
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Like +4 Object -0 Noojie Batman 26 Sep 16, 04:21
What if the SJA leaked this?
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Like +1 Object -22 Legal expert 25 Sep 16, 00:14  troll?
Mr Kian, please remember you are foreigner leaking letter by Hon'ble Indian minister. You and the leaker can both be tried under below sections of Official Secrets Act. So I request you not to cover such story anymore and close this chapter. We have full faith in leadership of Hon'ble Vice Chancellor. There is no problem at NUJS right now and all student grievance has been solved. Many eminent faculties is coming as guest lecturer, including alumnis. So where is the problem?

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Like +4 Object -0 hubba 25 Sep 16, 04:45
It's a little ironic that you call yourself "legal expert" and whatnot but know so little, eh?

And what's with the threats? That too in archaic and redundant language? Thin skin much?
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Like +2 Object -1 jai he 25 Sep 16, 09:29
It is a serious reflection on the legal scholarship available at NUJS.
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Like +1 Object -0 kianganz 25 Sep 16, 09:53
I wasn't sure, but I assume this comment was a joke surely? Unless standards at NUJS really have dropped precipitously :)
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Like +5 Object -1 Sowhat 25 Sep 16, 15:30
This seems like the works of a much loved scholar of environmental law - from the standard of English.
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Like +3 Object -0 Black day 25 Sep 16, 11:30
It's a troll. Never feed the troll.
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 25 Sep 16, 14:23
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 25 Sep 16, 00:54
Picture abhi baki hain mere dost...wait and see vp
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Like +2 Object -0 Guest 25 Sep 16, 01:00
I got teachings of legal education reform from the Visma-Pitamaha of Indian Legal Education Reform. Don't worry, I will be the first person to file a PIL in this matter if there is any positive decision taken. sadaful.
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Like +3 Object -0 Anonymouse 25 Sep 16, 15:28
Is nobody going to address the comic sans in the room?!
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Like +1 Object -1 kianganz 26 Sep 16, 16:14
Heh, nicely done :)
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Like +1 Object -3 Innocent Bystander 25 Sep 16, 16:53
Tell me, apart from the apparent quid pro quo, isnt it a good thing to increase the batch strength? The number of seats in good national law schools is so few and really not proportionate to our population. The failure of the government to ensure the availability good education in national institutions has led to so many fraudulent private institutional mushrooming around the country.

Of course there is a concern about ensuring the quality doesnt fall but Im sure that can be done.
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Like +1 Object -3 SJA sucks 26 Sep 16, 00:59
The SJA is useless. If there was an active SJA they would never dare to do such things.

The SJA took action in the registrar case only because the registrar was anti-VC. They never do anything against the VC. On the contrary, they sent a fake report to Legally India defending the VC saying everything is ok:

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Like +0 Object -10 Senior academican 26 Sep 16, 01:17
I am senior academician. Many type allegation is being made against Hon'ble Vice Chancellor. I want to set on record following facts:

1. Hon'ble Vice Chancellor has taken many initiative and improve discipline. Many prestigious conference, lectures etc.

2. Huge improvement in infrastructure will take place.

3. Complaint that faculty is not good is baseless. NUJS faculties have studied in prestigious universities in India and abroad. Many faculties are also alumnis of National Law Schools and did LLM from there. BALLB alumnis are also there. NUJS faculty is probably best in India.
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Like +2 Object -0 Hello sir 26 Sep 16, 18:40
Is this our Acting registrar speaking?

If it is then Dear sir

1. The VC is not a disciplinarian who has to check student morals. His job is the administration of the University. You and him could not provide for one satisfactory answer in the meeting with students relating to administration. Please concentrate on running the administration properly rather than checking student discipline.

2. Let's see about the huge infrastructural changes. I ll have utmost respect for you if you do this.

3. Please compare the faculty with NLS NALSAR and NLU D in terms of number of faculty , number of students and fees. You will know how worse we are. Let us not go into qualitative considerations of the faculty because that cannot be established but statistics speaks for themselves. Our faculty is far from best as of now.
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Like +1 Object -1 Harvey 26 Sep 16, 19:02
So are the students, unfortunately.
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Like +0 Object -0 Noojie Batman 26 Sep 16, 04:19
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Like +5 Object -1 Honble 26 Sep 16, 16:38
Why are the anonymous posters always referring to the VC as Hon'ble. You know what, the VC will never find out if you called him honorable or not, unless you say that the VC was standing behind you while you typed the anon postings and you will get some extra credit for that Hon'ble. Or maybe, just maybe, there is a secret police force in NUJS that the alumni know nothing about? Or maybe, NUJS has turned into a Orwellian 1984esque place and everyone automatically refers to the VC as Hon'ble. In that case, the VC maybe does not exist even, almost like Schroedinger's cat!
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Like +3 Object -0 Alumnus 26 Sep 16, 18:18
We wish he had been the cat. We could have let the dogs out then!
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Like +2 Object -0 Bhat must go 27 Sep 16, 03:33
If CJI has instituted probe into GNLU VC faculty recruitment he must do the same for NUJS.
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