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Three profs in race for NUJS vice chancellorship on 19 November

NUJS' future rests in the hands of the exec committee
NUJS' future rests in the hands of the exec committee
Exclusive: The former vice chancellor of Symbiosis, a Cochin University professor and an NUJS Kolkata professor are in the running to take over from Mahendra Pal Singh as NUJS Kolkata vice chancellor.

The NUJS executive council is likely to appoint one of the three potential candidates on 19 November, according to authoritative sources close to the process: Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) professor NS Gopalakrishnan, NUJS professor Manoj Kumar Sinha and ex-Symbiosis International University vice chancellor and KIIT director Mrinal Shankar Raste.

NUJS’ current vice chancellor Singh is set to retire on 30 November and had told Legally India that he would prefer an academically minded successor, rather than purely an administrator.

The candidates

Gopalakrishnan is currently the Human Resources Development (HRD) ministry chair on intellectual property rights and professor at CUSAT, as well as the director of CUSAT-based Inter University Centre for Intellectual Property Rights Studies (IUCIPRS).

MS Raste has been the vice chancellor of Symbiosis International University, principal of Symbiosis Law College and director of KIIT. Raste is currently associated with the Pune-based Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT) in an advisory capacity. He has also been involved with various International organisations such as the Institute of Criminology and the World Jurist Association.

MK Sinha currently serves as professor at NUJS teaching International Criminal Law. He specialises in international law and human rights and in the past 14 years has also taught at various Indian and foreign academic institutes such as Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and Sweden’s Lund University. Aged 41, Sinha would be the youngest vice chancellor of NUJS to date.

It is understood that a Nalsar Hyderabad professor was also in the running but ultimately withdrew from the process.

The executive council in its 19 November meeting will also decide conditions of employment, including the salary, other terms and the date the tenure would start. It is understood that the executive council also has the power to reopen the search.

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