NLIU admin handouts too little to call off protest, find studentsNLIU admin handouts too little to call off protest, find students

NLIU Bhopal has entered the sixth day of boycotts by students after they refused to accept their administration's offer of fulfilling their demands, calling the handouts too little.

The students have also resolved to independently organise NLIU's international ADR tournament without university support, after the administration declared it as cancelled and refused to release the Rs 4 lakhs that sponsors had already given to it as funds towards the event.

Leading with NUJS Kolkata, Nalsar Hyderabad and NLSIU Bangalore, several other law schools have now come out in support for the cause of the protesting students at NLIU, such as HNLU Raipur, NLUJAA Assam, RMLNLU Lucknow.

Peanuts

Within two days' of the students' protest, the administration had agreed to extend the law school's library timings by a few hours, synchronise the hostel curfews with the library timings, expedite the repair of water coolers and water purifiers, deploy more cleaning staff in the college and increase the frequency of bus facility by 50%, according to the protest's Facebook page.

But the students, who have been sitting at the gates of the law school and completely coycotted classes since the morning of 9 November, had asked for examination system reforms, teaching reforms and attendance system reforms in addition to infrastructural improvements and called the administration's offer “peanuts”.

The student body has posted on the protest's Facebook page:

After a deliberate nap in the Samadhan building, the Administration came up with a 'one pager' document listing down the demands they agreed to. The 'lucrative offer' made an hour before Director's thankless “Goodnight” listed 6 demands they wished to agree upon and that too on their own terms and not ours. The peanuts that have been offered have been used by the Administration to show the media about how they wish to resolve the issue.

Campus visitors

One day after the students refused to accept the administration's handouts, on 12 November, NLIU director Prof SS Singh called the Riot Control Police (RCP) on campus. Students we spoke to called this an “intimidation tactic” and wore black armbands and helmets as a silent statement against the administration intimidating the peacefully protesting students.

That same day the All India Democratic Women’s Association also visited campus to extend it support in fighting the alleged sexism rampant at the law school.

According to local media reports, students have alleged that Singh had passed sexist remarks at female students and policed their manner of dressing at the law school.

Allegedly according to unnamed students quoted in the Hindi-language report, Singh had said: “Tum jaisi ladkiyan apni sharam izzat bech ke aati hain” (Girls like you sell your modesty and dignity before coming here).

We have reached out to Singh for comment.

International ADR tournament

NLIU's student run Alternate Dispute Resolution Cell (ADRC) is now independently raising funds to organise the sixth edition of the NLIU INADR International Law Mediation Tournament after the administration declared the event, which had been scheduled for this weekend, as cancelled in the wake of the protest.

The tournament is the oldest law school ADR tournament in Asia and one of the largest in the world, with planning for this edition having begun from before 24 September.

NUSRL Ranchi and RMLNLU Lucknow were two other NLUs to have protested this year against administrative apathy, opacity and infrastructural deficiency.

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Like +9 Object -1 Guest 14 Nov 17, 16:52  interesting
The attempt to cancel the ADR event is one of the dirtiest, pettiest and most vindictive steps ever taken by an NLU admin in history. This is the biggest proof that the NLIU admin (and this also applies to some other NLUs) cares NOTHING about students.

Can LI reach out to sponsors for a comment? If sponsors gave money with the intention that students will conduct the event, and if the admin withholds the money, that seems to be illegal.
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Like +4 Object -0 Hnlu Alumnus 14 Nov 17, 19:22
This is not unprecedented. The erstwhile HNLU administration also blocked funds earmarked for HNMCC as a coercive step during the strike in 2008.

Seems that the same tactics are being followed. NLIU students should not only focus on the nexus with the BJP but also with VCs who have faced similar agitations.
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Like +3 Object -3 BJP hater 14 Nov 17, 16:56
Thank you BJP and RSS for ruining another fine institution with your illiterate and unqualified chamchas.
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Like +2 Object -1 lucifer victor 14 Nov 17, 18:15
We the students of RMNLU stand with you. I will guide you through this.
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Like +1 Object -0 NLU Stud 14 Nov 17, 19:05
Wow. Taking away the NLIU ADR tournament might prove to be the last straw.
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Like +3 Object -0 Guest 14 Nov 17, 21:11
Following the Harvey Weinstein case sexual harassers are being outed everywhere. Why should not the comment by the director suggesting that a student is s prostitute because of her dress not be counted as sexual harassment (and a similarly vulgar remark by a NLIU prof some time ago)? They should also get the Weinstein name and shame treatment, and their names must be added to the viral list of academic sexual harassers.
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Like +1 Object -0 Guest 14 Nov 17, 23:20
Can anyone share the bio of SS Singh? Where he studied, publications, work ex etc?
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Like +1 Object -0 Guest 15 Nov 17, 04:57
Legally India should give better coverage. Even MSM has more photos and news.
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