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NUJS VC Ishwara Bhat keeps promise, resigns, as new acting VC to start Monday: Ex-judge Amit Talukdar

NUJS Kolkata has a new interim vice chancellor (VC), retired Calcutta high court judge and former SAT chairman Amit Talukdar, following the resignation of previous VC Prof Ishwara Bhat.

Story to be updated.

This satisfies the requirement of NUJS students, some of whom had privately doubted that Bhat would retire as promised by 7 April, as we had reported in our detailed feature about the final days of the successful student protests.

The Student Juridical Association (SJA) had also demanded that a respected retired judge should oversee the NUJS transition during the semester break.

The SJA sent the following email to students today:

Pursuant to all your efforts, Justice (Retd.) Amit Talukdar has been appointed as the interim Vice Chancellor. He is scheduled to join us from Monday.

The next Executive Council meeting (first week of May) will be considering the constitution of a search committee for the next Vice Chancellor, the appointment of a new interim Registrar and other recommendations of the University Review Commission (URC) in detail.

We sincerely hope that we will continue to draw inspiration from these words of the URC:

“28. The exceptional student body of NUJS, the Student Juridical Association (SJA) is another feather in the cap of NUJS.

29.The Commission agrees with this self-assessment of the SJA. We feel proud of the NUJS Law Review which is a product of the student body and also of the initiative they take in initiating short courses, lectures and speeches to expand their knowledge and understanding. The Commission also expresses our appreciation for the enormous effort made by SJA to organize the views presented to the Commission on behalf of students in a representative and systematic manner, and for the high quality of its meticulous presentation. Many points raised by the students are very substantive and meritorious and, wherever feasible, should be accepted and acted upon by the University. Our interaction with the SJA confirms that one of the great achievements of NUJS has been the building up of a student culture of active engagement with community issues - a rarity today even in globally ranked institutions. This should be preserved and strengthened. Notwithstanding NUJS’s institutional ranking, many consider the student body of NUJS as the best amongst the national law schools in the country.”

Proud of you all

Arjun Agarwal Samarth Sharma

(President) (Vice-President)

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