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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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Like +5 Object -4 Guest 07 Apr 18, 23:45
Good news! The next challenge is the appointment process for the VC. A public advertisement must be issued with a clause permitting the appointment of a younger, accomplished person not necessarily complying with UGC rules, e.g. a clause stating "OR may be a person with outstanding academic and administrative credentials." There should also be clauses saying experience with NLUs desirable, international experience desirable and alumni of reputed universities desirable (e.g. NLUs, JNU, reputed foreign universities).
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Like +6 Object -8 Guest 08 Apr 18, 01:03  controversial
"A public advertisement must be issued with a clause permitting the appointment of a younger, accomplished person not necessarily complying with UGC rules,"

If pigs fly....daydreaming time is over.
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Like +0 Object -0 reporter 08 Apr 18, 00:02
Amit Talukdar, M.A. LL.B.., was born on January 14, 1950. He was enrolled as an Advocate
on December 22, 1979 and practised in Criminal and Constitutional matters in the Calcutta High Court. He
was appointed as a permanent Judge of the Calcutta High Court on February 24,1999.

http://studylib.net/doc/8617470/handbook-on-judges-of-the-supreme-court-of-india-and-the-...
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Like +3 Object -2 Pix 08 Apr 18, 07:02
There are many reasons for Manoj Sinha to stay in Delhi --- family settled there, ILI a more comfortable job, access to powerful people in Delhi, possibility to aim for NLUD, hostility from Mafia at NUJS etc. Thus, my prediction is it will NOT be him.
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Like +8 Object -0 Thanos 08 Apr 18, 11:28  interesting
Fact check: his family is still in Kolkata. Ranvir Singh just got an extension at NLUD, he's not getting in there anytime soon. Also, he's confirmed that he'll apply for the position once the search committee is formed.
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Like +1 Object -0 Ghost 08 Apr 18, 12:30
Correct information.
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Like +6 Object -1 Italia 08 Apr 18, 17:10  interesting
Sinha or NSG should have been VC in the first place, and NUJS would have soared to great heights had it happened. It was Justice Ganguly who supported Bhat (probably because he is more familiar with constitutional law scholars than international law or IP scholars) and MP Singh as well (for similar reasons). Also helped that Bhat is very good at buttering up people in high places (while treating students like dirt) so people higher up had a good opinion of him. That he managed to get CNLU shows this. He might still get a VC-ship elsewhere because of this "skill" of his. There are many new NLUs coming up, including two in Bengal.
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Like +5 Object -0 NUJS Alumni 08 Apr 18, 19:13  interesting
Prof Bhat offered the post of Honorary Professor to Justice Ganguly on 11th July 2012 within 8 months after his appointment as NUJS Vice Chancellor. Later Justice Ganguly resigned on 3rd January 2014 after the complaint of sexual harassment was filed against him. Due to the strong opposition from the faculty member Justice Ganguly resigned. It's a coincidence that member of Search committee who selected him for the post of VC was offered Honorary Professor post by Prof Bhat.
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Like +4 Object -9 Bhaiya 08 Apr 18, 19:59
Faculty members had never made any objection whatsoever, strong or weak. Some tried to take up credit for it though later, as some would always do. Students had made it clear that a person against whom a prima facie harassment charge has been established by an SC fact-finding committee would not be welcome to teach at the same institution, especially since it is an alumna of the institution who had brought the charge to begin with. Had the members of the faculty been vocally opposed to PIB and his atrocities, his 6.5 years-long regime of inefficiency would not have continued unabated. It is true that some faculty members tried their best to help the students within the system, but had that been anywhere near adequate, this entire fiasco need not have happened anyway! Even after the URC Report was made public, faculty members were still unsure and divided and did not take ANY cogent step to ensure that the report was placed before the EC or its recommendations were enforced or the VC be made to take up responsibility for his inaction. Barring a rare few, nobody even offered any support for the student protests (that's acceptable, since they were employees), instead trying to calm the students down with useless platitudes (without showing any better or more effective alternative available, let alone leading by example, which is not acceptable). It's the plight of all NLUs, nowhere have faculty members shown any unity against administrative misdemeanours, instead either becoming complicit or simply mute.
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Like +7 Object -0 Kuch bhi 08 Apr 18, 22:38  interesting
https://jilsblognujs.wordpress.com/2013/12/25/statement-of-nujs-faculty-members/
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Like +0 Object -5 Whistleblower 09 Apr 18, 19:32
@Kuch Bhi: Make no mistake, though there are several names on that list, only one person was responsible for it, Shamnad Basheer. Nobody else had even a single word to say against Justice Ganguly except in the confines of their room. That is why after Shamnad left NUJS, the VC even invited Ganguly back on several occasions and nobody among the remaining names raised a protest. Thankfully, Ganguly had better sense than to accept the invites. And Shamnad, as you know, is no more there. Had he stayed back, PIB would never have managed to do even 50% of the harm he did, whether through action or inaction. Most of the remaining names are too busy playing petty politics amongst themselves to actually do something positive about the state of affairs.
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Like +7 Object -0 Guest 08 Apr 18, 17:13  interesting
What about the Mysore Mafia?
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Like +12 Object -1 Bhaiya 08 Apr 18, 19:02  interesting
Everybody other than PIB is going to stay only, unless they get better offers from nearer their home. Now will be the true test of the student body, we need to keep the pressure up for the teachers and the admin to stay on their toes and either up their game or just bow out. That can only happen if we do our end of the job right and don't give them any ground to deny our demands on ground of lack of diligence on our side. If a teacher has not come to the class prepared, students need to be better prepared and call him/her out in class, albeit politely. There can be a dedicated email ID provided for grievances relating to academic matters, hostel and admin and the new VC and the registrar must agree not to keep any complaint therein unaddressed for beyond a fortnight (or less depending upon the emergency). If modules aren't received in time or classes are not happening, the entire batch needs to file formal complaints to the VC and all the faculty members, naming and shaming the people responsible. But we also need to adhere to deadlines and make necessary applications in time. If anyone gets the impression that sub-standard performance on their part can be managed by providing the students with extra attendance or grades not deserved, then the entire objective of our actions so far would be scuppered. It's a long and difficult road ahead, but I'm sure if we stick together, we can get this done and make the institution as good any other, if not better. #PIBout
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Like +2 Object -9 Ghost 08 Apr 18, 22:58
Let peace be in the campus. There should not be any instigation to witch hunt the Mysore people or any other fellows who did not participate in anti PIB stir. Now everyone should talk of building NUJS. Let the students promote harmony. The faculty must guide them to look for better career and future. Talk good. Do good. Reap good.
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Like +0 Object -14 Ranjan M. 08 Apr 18, 23:46
Prof. V.S Sivakumar of ILI would be the best choice as VC. Dynamic, visionary, awarded Law day foundation prize, Scholarly - what more do you want? He was also a Professor at NUJS.
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Like +2 Object -0 Mohanlal 09 Apr 18, 10:56
He's a full time LCI member. Doubt that he can leave that for VCship
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Like +0 Object -0 Ghost 09 Apr 18, 18:21
No body wants to leave New Delhi, the National Capital-a mega city of immense opportunities and possibilities.
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Like +5 Object -2 Coke 08 Apr 18, 23:51
Whoever takes over the students must press for the review commission report to be implemented in entirety. The battle is yet to be won.
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Like +10 Object -4 Smarty 09 Apr 18, 00:00  interesting
There is a professor who loves to talk about outer space and other planets. Can we please ask ISRO to send him to Mars?
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 09 Apr 18, 21:33
What about those who were appointed by Bhat in the past 7 years?
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Like +8 Object -0 Guest 09 Apr 18, 09:05  interesting


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Like +3 Object -1 Guest 10 Apr 18, 05:26
Please remove Bhat's name from the website and remove all pics of his.
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Like +0 Object -8 Neutral opinion 10 Apr 18, 08:17
Friends, I am sorry to say but in NUJS majority students are spoilt with no discipline. Let me explain:

1) Complaint is made about infrastructure. At NLSIU buildings are oldest and falling down but instead of complaining students win Jessops moot court. They have no ceiling fan, no AC, no single hostel room, no good food and water in mess, no foreign qualified faculties but give 100% hard work without complaining.

2) Complaint is made that faculties is bad and NLU alumnis needed. But NUJS has most NLU alumnis. If they come then it is said "they are arrogant", "they are Mysore Mafia" etc. So real reason is "bad" means strict and sincere.
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Like +0 Object -0 NUJS 10 Apr 18, 17:30
Uncle, you sure you are talking the NLSIU in Nagarbhavi?
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Like +6 Object -0 Justice League 10 Apr 18, 22:19  interesting
Partly true. For example, a "rather particular" prof does not even deserve to be a peon, but students love him and give him excellent feedback as he awards high marks.
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Like +0 Object -0 Low IQ 10 Apr 18, 22:36
In NLSIU or NUJS?
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Like +1 Object -0 Guest 10 Apr 18, 17:02
Kian, please share this important update from the Statesman. It has info on a spat between the judge and Bhat:

http://epaper.thestatesman.com/1612820/Kolkata-The-Statesman/10th-April-2018#page/13/2
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Like +0 Object -6 Legal mind 13 Apr 18, 12:43
NUJS students are the worst behaved and indisciplined . Two days ago they publicly insulted the most qualified faculty (having PhD from Oxford) by putting up an offensive picture on the internet. Another faculty member who is very well qualified with an LLM from Singapore (Prof Abhishek Mishra) wrote a strong criticism of such behaviour yesterday. He commented how NUJS students have no respect for elders and guru-shishya parampara. This can be seen here:

https://www.facebook.com/nujsmeterikehkelunga/photos/a.118508778823047.1073741829.103490093658249/160840674589857/?type=3&theater

Before you read all the biased news reports about Prof Bhat, please first understand how bad NUJS students are. Prof Bhat did the right thing by imposing more discipline and installing CCTV.
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Like +4 Object -0 Bhaiya 13 Apr 18, 14:04
Why are the faculty qualifications important in order to make your point exactly? Are you trying to say that it is alright to humiliate (if that is indeed the case here, which I necessarily do not agree with) teachers who do not have a foreign degree? If yes, then that mindset alone negates every other point made by you. If not, then I agree that this is not an exactly ideal thing to do. However, students make mistakes, they are to be counseled and taught not to repeat those, instead of simply condemning them. That's the job of the teachers and the university.
To respond to your comment about PIB, he instilled zero discipline in campus/university, period. Multiple irregularities throughout his 6 years plagued the institution, most of which he was himself complicit in, either through action or omission, and even where students had been at fault, he did absolutely nothing to rectify the scenario, unless you call arranging special favours for students from influential families maintaining discipline. If an institutional head is strict, but fair, along with having empathy for the students and the staff and the institution as a whole, he would never be hounded out of the same institution as PIB has been. Even the people he favoured blatantly throughout his tenure were not there at his side when he left, which sums up his entire contribution to the university. So, if you are an insider and likes him so much, feel free to join him outside. If you are an outsider, then congratulations, you already have a hero to follow.
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Like +1 Object -0 DL 13 Apr 18, 21:31
What is done is done - now its time to look forward. Ensure NUJS gets the right replacement. Or else this will prove to be a waste
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Like +3 Object -3 Commenter 14 Apr 18, 10:31
I am seeing some nonsense comments on this website like make alumnis faculty and make Prof Shubhankar Dam VC. Kindly note the following first:

1) Rule is that for any teacher you must have either PhD or LLM with UGC-NET (for assistant professor). Prof Dam does not have anything.

2) In exceptional case person with only LLM without UGC-NET can be made contractual or visiting lecturer, of lower rank than assistant professor. Furthermore only excellent candidates can get this privilege.

3) It is totally prohibited only for LLB pass to give lectures.

Hence only possibility for alumnis to teach can be either option 1 or 2. That also only for top candidates with top marks, international publications in top journals etc. For VC position alumni must have minimum 10 to 15 years teaching experience of professor rank. Hence Prof Dam can only be considered for assistant professor rank.

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Like +2 Object -3 Darkseid 14 Apr 18, 10:58
Some of these trolls make me confused whether I should laugh, cry or simply use the anti-life equation on them.
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Like +2 Object -4 Roshan90 14 Apr 18, 11:14
I see a troll here. Clearly, you have been burnt by him at some point. Need Burnol? Call up MP Singh, ex NUJS VC and he will tell you that NUJS offered Professor Dam a full professor (not assistant prof) position in 2007 itself. Singh has said this many times publicly and his regret at not being able to convince him to return to India. Apparently, you know more about UGC rules than MP Singh who was actually a VC
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Like +3 Object -1 Darkseid 14 Apr 18, 13:44
You mean a kid 2 years out of law school was asked to be a professor of law ? April fools day 2019 already???
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Like +0 Object -2 Darkseid 14 Apr 18, 14:01
Fake name, Kian :P
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Like +0 Object -2 Thanos 14 Apr 18, 14:06
To be honest, Shubhankar was indeed requested by Prof. Singh to take up a position at NUJS, but not in 2007. 2010-11, I believe, just before Prof. Singh left, after Subhankar had got his doctorate and teaching at Singapore and already having authored multiple well-known papers and books in his field. There were internal faculty squabbles that did not make it happen immediately, and when Prof. Bhat came, after interacting with him, Shubhankar decided against it, probably wisely. This is something seen at many NLUs. While there are some good teachers, who actually like other new, promising teachers join the same discipline and strengthen the institution, especially when the latter are their students and hence it's all the more a matter of pride, there are many others, who are actually intimidated by their own ex-students having higher qualification and greater renown at a younger age and hence try to discourage them from joining the same place, God knows why! NUJS too has examples of both kinds of faculty members, but sadly, like most other NLUs, more the latter kind than the former.
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Like +2 Object -0 Guest 14 Apr 18, 15:37
Total rubbish.
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Like +1 Object -0 Guest 14 Apr 18, 17:52
"after Subhankar had got his doctorate"

He has no doctorate, only masters
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Like +2 Object -0 Guest 14 Apr 18, 15:37
LOL. You are the troll, my friend. He graduated in 2006 and was an LLM student in 2007!
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Like +0 Object -2 Roshan90 14 Apr 18, 13:55
Yep. Thats exactly what happened. Actually its very easy to verify any of this. Professor Singh, the VC, is very much around and active in Delhi
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Like +2 Object -0 Guest 14 Apr 18, 15:41
Total garbage comments are being given here, such as someone being asked to join as professor rank one year after graduation! There is complete ignorance about UGC rules to be a faculty and importance of NET. Also one cannot understand demand for alumni when all alumnis teaching have been found bad by student themselves and faculties from traditional colleges given better rating.
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Like +0 Object -2 Roshan90 14 Apr 18, 16:35
At least get your basic facts right - he graduated in 2005. VC MP Singh first disclosed the offer at an interaction with students in early 2007. Like I said, there's a simple way to verify!
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Like +1 Object -0 Roshan90 14 Apr 18, 17:57
Apparently there is talk of the govt looking for a TMC man to take over!! Will bhat become the george bush of nujs --- liked after his term?! :) :) god save NUJS
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Like +1 Object -0 Guest 15 Apr 18, 02:18
Don't talk rubbish. The VC is appointed by a search committee authorised by EC. Government has no role in it.
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Like +7 Object -1 Guest 15 Apr 18, 02:47  interesting
NUJS students are so arrogant and spoilt that they should be put in a museum. Here are there demands:

1) We will choose the VC.

2) We want faculty from abroad but we will decide the rank and position.

3) We want alumni as faculty but they cannot be strict with marks, attendance class discipline etc. They will have to listen to our orders. Otherwise we will abuse them and demand their ouster.

4) Our faculty has to be the best. They have to leave high-paying jobs at law firms, companies, Jindal etc and teach here at low salary, and then listen to our orders.

5) Even though some fo the faculty has no competence and knowledge, we still want them as they give high marks.

6) We want hostel rooms like luxury hotels, but our fee has to be lower than a government college hostel.

7) It is our right to drink, take drugs, do anti-social activities. If you try to discipline us it is "moral policing".

8) It is the duty of the college to give everyone a high-paying corporate job but our fee still has to be low.

9) Administrative staff are our servants.
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Like +3 Object -0 Neutral 15 Apr 18, 13:56
Well drafted Magna Carta of the students of any NLU in India. Three Cheers for draftsmanship.
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Like +0 Object -0 LI 15 Apr 18, 07:09
Has anyone bothered to ask Shubhankar if he has any interest in all this to begin with?
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Like +0 Object -0 Thanos 15 Apr 18, 14:23
What, and miss out on this fun? Jokes aside, there's only one reason chance of him coming back to NUJS as a VC is not equal to zero, that is because laws of probability dictate that it cannot be.
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Like +0 Object -0 Neutral 15 Apr 18, 13:30
Well drafted Magna Carta of the students of any NLU in India. Three Cheers for draftsmanship.
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Like +0 Object -0 Neutral 15 Apr 18, 13:58
It was meant as a response to point number 20 above.
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Like +1 Object -0 Roshan90 15 Apr 18, 15:34
Those ventilating their "knowledge" of UCG rules here of course wouldnt know that VC MP Singh appointed Shamnad at NUJS without a phd, NET and almost 0 teaching experience. Of course, dont let these facts ruin the party inside your head. Why let facts get in the way
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Like +1 Object -0 Thanos 15 Apr 18, 16:31
@Roshan90: Now that you have said that, they will soon be up in arms about how this was downright corrupt of Prof. Singh and how Shamnad should never been appointed etc. etc. You just cannot stop the trolls, man!
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Like +1 Object -0 Neutral 15 Apr 18, 17:04
Good example and a nice argument! But,in most of the cases deviations from the UGC were not in the interests of the institution. So, now the UGC regulations are strictly enforced in the appointment of the VC/Faculty. We have to draw lines, somewhere.
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Like +0 Object -0 Roshan90 15 Apr 18, 21:50
Trolls are fine if they know what they are talking about. of course, it didnt take much to shut them up. and for those keeping scores, sudhir krishnaswamy did not satisfy the usual requirements for being a professor either. none the people VC MP Singh appointed or offered professorial appointments (from NLS/NUJS) satisfied the usual requirements.
was he breaking some rules? not at all. UGC rules themselves provide for an exception: people can be appointed professors withou phd, net, bla bla provided they have outstanding contribution to legal scholarship. That was the route by which they were appointed and shubhankar dam was offered less than 2 years after he graduated from NUJS. he wasnt deviating from anything. he was simply following UGC rules. the only problem is people like to fire off messages without actually knowing basic facts. any advertisement for professor position under UGC rules will have that exception mentioned. there are plenty of these advertisements available on google. read carefully before you fire off your next message to tell us how much you know about the UGC
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Like +1 Object -0 Guest 16 Apr 18, 04:25
Complete rubbish comments is being posted in full ignorance of UGC rules. Many appointment in NUJS by Prof MP Singh in NLUD and by Prof Ranbir Singh and in private college like Jindals has been in violation of UGC rules. They may be challenged . Of course now NLUD and Jindals has got autonomy from UGC so maybe it can be OK now, but NUJS does not have this autonomy status. So how can NUJS do it? It is a joke that one can suggest a person under 40 years without even PhD as VC.

You may abuse and call names, but kindly remember that RULES IS RULES. If you do not have autonomy from UGC then you must appoint strictly per UGC rules and give preference to two year LLM graduates from India with UGC NET. Just having foreign LLM cannot do. Please get rid of colonial mentality of being slaves to whites.

I have full respect for Prof MP Singh but I am sorry to say that he did into follow UGC rules. Prof Bhat honestly followed UGC rules 200% and is being punished for being law abiding by people who do not know any rules.
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Like +0 Object -1 Roshan90 16 Apr 18, 05:23
Ah so we have moved away from who can be professor? That's progress I say.

Violation of UGC rules? Nah you would need to know the rules first.

Bhat punished for following ugc rules? I wouldn't know that one. Never heard about that.you may be right. I can't tell
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Like +1 Object -0 Neutral 16 Apr 18, 09:01
The UGC rules allow offering professorship to those scholars who have MADE "significant" contribution to the field of knowledge. The rules do not allow distributing the posts to those who have topped in Masters/Ph.D. and have potential to MAKE significant contribution... in 'future'. The provision has been misinterpreted/abused/mis used in some Universities as it is an open ended option. But now UGC is strict about it. And you will see that the Universities like JNU, Hyderabad, Jadavpur, BHU, AMU etc. are wary of using it.However, it is still good to use it in Fine Arts, Music, Physical Education etc.
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Like +0 Object -0 Roshan90 16 Apr 18, 14:18
if your claim is that commentators on a website dashboard are better judges of contribution to scholarship than say VC MP Singh, Menon, and others ... well nothing more to say there! :)
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Like +0 Object -0 Neutral 16 Apr 18, 15:17
There is another provision to invite exceptionally qualified persons for professorships. The Vice Chancellor puts the CV of the person (after taking prior permission of the Executive Council) before a committee of experts to judge the suitability of the candidate. After the experts have affirmed it, the recommendations are put up before the Executive Council. The Executive Council deliberates on it and the candidate is invited to join on the post. In such cases, there is no probation period.
The candidate may, however, be requested to present a colloquium (not an interview) in the University. Now, it can be done by video conferencing too.
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Like +1 Object -0 Fakeseid 16 Apr 18, 15:23
Love him or hate him MP Singh's hiring of faculty without UGC qualification or PHD was illegal. Even now there are some of his appointees who do not satisfy the UGC requirements. They could be good teachers but still the appointment was illegal. How can the system be made to favour a few on the justification of "merit" by exception.
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Like +0 Object -0 Darkseid 16 Apr 18, 18:23
Fake name, Kian.
@Commentator 29: Exactly how difficult is it to get a fictitious name of your own instead of trying to use that of a regular reader/commentator, man? I wouldn't really care to be associated with the sort of opinions you seem to hold.
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Like +0 Object -0 kianganz 16 Apr 18, 19:25 LI subscriber
Hi Darkseid - have renamed @29...

Contrary to someone else commenting, the only way to actually 'reserve' a name on LI is to open a free account and log-in (though that slows down the site a little bit).

But it also puts you outside the pre-moderation queue completely, which is nice.

You can sign up with a fake email address, if you like, since I have no idea about your true identity.

I will also do some thinking about whether it's possible to block usernames for regular comments, without requiring sign-in, though that could be a difficult challenge to solve...
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Like +0 Object -0 Curious Cat also 16 Apr 18, 21:29
Somebody had used my name Curious Cat.....how did that happen?
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Like +0 Object -0 Roshan90 16 Apr 18, 19:33
Lets try once again. in simple english. MP Singh did not violate any law or rule. UGC rules do not (not means negative) - do not - necessarily require professors to have net, phd bla bla. Under UGC rules it is perfectly legal to appoint professors without these things. reading the rules may do you some good rather than relying on other "knowledgeable" people on this board. but you may be too busy with your anti life equations :)

i suppose the only thing now left is for SJA to retroactively throw out MP Singh from NUJS for his "illegalities". I think Thanos predicted that
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Like +0 Object -0 Roshan90 16 Apr 18, 20:09
my apologies to darkseid - i mistook that comment from fakdseid to be yours! sorry about the anti life equation reference. apologies
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Like +3 Object -0 Guest 17 Apr 18, 05:36
Hilarious to see NUJS students demand Shubhankar Dam as professor and VC, without ever having met him or read any of his articles. He is a very serious scholar and will not put up with any bullshit. He will crackdown on plagiarism, easy award of marks etc. If he ever joins, after 1 week students will be badmouthing him and after 2 weeks they will stage protests . This holds true for pretty much all the star NLU alumni in academia who are abroad, or at NLUD and Jindal.
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Like +0 Object -2 Onlooker 17 Apr 18, 13:18
Ranbir Singh has no significant research to his credit. He does not have reputation of possessing teaching skill prowess. He has not tried to establish himself as a powerful speaker either. He is nearing 70. He has made the NLU Delhi number One in India in just ten years. He taught in a traditional University i.e. MD University, Rohtak (Himachal Pradesh) through out his teaching career.
So, please God's sake, just leave this habit of harping for NLU alumni or a young candidate for VC. Madahv Menon, BS Chimni and MP Singh were past 60 when they joined NUJS as VC.
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Like +1 Object -0 Darkseid 17 Apr 18, 15:11
TBH, if all state governments are as generous in terms of providing funding to NLUs, many of them would be in comparable positions. And NLUD is not "number one law school" by any metric yet. It's a good place, though. Apart from its blatant greed to make money by inconveniencing thousands of students every year. Ranvir Singh does have his good qualities, along with bad ones. And the three names you mentioned of NUJS VCs are not comparable. Chimni wasn't a good vc at all. He was just sensible enough not to upset the system Menon put in. He's a good person, an outstanding academic and a great akasher, but not a good administrator.
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Like +1 Object -0 Onlooker 19 Apr 18, 16:50
NLUD is a good place as students love to be there. The students are not put to any inconvenience there for the simple reason that there are no cases of moral policing by the VC or any official. The RMLNLU, Lucknow and NLIU, Bhopal are still in a shambles because of the unwarranted "moral policing". NLU-D provides an open space that is free of orthodox restrictions on boys and girls. And it is because of its 68+ young VC. Age does not matter. It is only a number.
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Like +0 Object -0 Roshan90 17 Apr 18, 18:33
I dont disagree with a lot of what Guest said. May be some wont like him. But from experience he doesnt seem to be unreasonable. VC MP Singh had invited Prof Dam to teach a course in 2010. It was one of the best courses I did, if not the best. During his stay, Prof Dam had a general discussion with students. I remember him saying - workload at law schools is demanding. Its hard for students to write 5-6 projects honestly. Many then look for shortcuts. He said the system must be reformed to lessen this unrealistic load of projects and give students more time.
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Like +2 Object -0 Know All 17 Apr 18, 07:37
Here is the truth: UGC NET, PhD etc can be waived for good candidates in highly specialised fields of law. Here is the proof: As reported by Spicy IP, the government has started new chairs for IP law where the requirements are diluted and one can get the position if he is "any academic/scholar of outstanding track record in the designated areas of studies, retired officials from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) or an outstanding professional with established reputation in the field of IPR." So even an LLM is not necessary.

Thus, Bhat was deliberately being obstructionist and trying to promote his own cronies.

https://spicyip.com/2018/03/dipp-invites-applications-from-universities-for-hosting-chairs-on-ip-law-deadline-is-march-31-2018.html
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Like +4 Object -0 Bhaiya 17 Apr 18, 11:38
That is precisely the reason he never got anybody else for that Chair since Shamnad left. Same for most of the Chairs NUJS has now. Like the Ford Foundation Human Rights Chair. Bhat always used to try and give those to people close to him or retired judges who would in turn support him. That's why that Chair has not produced almost any scholarship/research since 2012 at least. One wonders why Ford Foundation never sought any kind of accountability! Same for the Asutosh Mookerjee Chair.
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Like +2 Object -0 Guest 17 Apr 18, 16:24
This makes me so angry!! The SJA office bearers who did nothing those years should be hanged
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