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NLIU students celebrate ‘milestone’ after director leaves, hail CJ as their 'saviour', university returns to 'tranquility'

Direct action: NLIU students victorious after 7 days of SatyagrahaDirect action: NLIU students victorious after 7 days of Satyagraha

NLIU Bhopal students are celebrating their week-long protest's first “milestone” after it resulted in director Prof SS Singh going on voluntary leave, according to a press note released on the protest's Facebook page.

“The university has returned to a state of tranquility and the atmosphere is brimming with jubilant relief,” stated the press note adding: “The students have won their first battle in their war against maladministration but the victory is not theirs alone”, thanking the media and newspapers for “giving [them] a voice”, and NLIU's alumni and students' parents for their support.

The note also stated that the students “hailed” Madhya Pradesh high court chief justice Hemant Gupta as their “saviour” and that they are “eternally grateful” to him.

As we first reported on Wednesday, the Madhya Pradesh high court has ordered the expedited search for a new director to fill up the office vacated by Prof Singh, and has also appointed a lower court judge Girbala Singh as NLIU's registrar. She will also be filling in for Singh until his permanent replacement is found, added the press note.

With these decisions in addition to the constitution of an inquiry committee that has the mandate to examine administrative mismanagement at NLIU and submit a report by 25 December, the students' peaceful protest which they hailed as their “Satyagraha” ended on its seventh evening.

This marks the third time in recent history that the administrative head of an NLU has vacated office as a result of student protests.

Other student victories vs admin

In April this year, NUSRL Ranchi students were successful in getting their vice chancellor temporarily replaced through four days of campus lockdown protests, though a few months down the line it emerged that the new temporary head was at least as ineffective in solving administrative problems.

In February 2012, Nalsar Hyderabad's then-VC Veer Singh has resigned days after details about the law school's maladministration were leaked through a previously buried report.

At NUJS Kolkata, however, its VC of six years Prof Ishwara Bhat continues at the helm despite the existence of two no-confidence petitions against him released by the students within a span of one year. NUJS is awaiting the report of its first review commission that concluded its inquiry in September.

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Like +10 Object -1 NUJS 17 Nov 17, 14:46  interesting
Congratulations once again to NLIU. I wish my student body was as united and brave as yours. After several years of neglect the admin threw us some crumbs in the form of an infrastructure upgrade, so that the review commission goes soft in the final report . We are celebrating it (see instead of asking why it took so long and what about many other pending issues regarding infrastructure, faculty etc.

Can we do a swap where we exchange our [...]with yours?
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Like +2 Object -0 Guest 19 Nov 17, 14:19
And now they appointed some average-quality faculty in a farcical exercise (some already teaching), so that the review comm goes soft. Expect the toothless SJA to remain blind.
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Like +2 Object -0 Tweety 19 Nov 17, 20:09
Plus, at a time when the NLus desperately need good faculty who can teach financial and commercial law-related papers, all 5 people selected are from purely public law/constitutional law background, because the esteemed Ishwar believes "anybody can teach...unh...corporate laws."
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Like +6 Object -1 NOOJIE 17 Nov 17, 15:04  interesting
Well done, NLIU! Ishwara Bhat should take a cue from SS Singh and follow suit. There is no shame in losing, but all the shame in being a despot.
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Like +3 Object -0 Student. 18 Nov 17, 01:33
Congrats to NLIU. Lot of chatter happening over whether GNLU, NUJS and ultimately NLSIU will be next..
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Like +1 Object -0 Foonam Rexona 20 Nov 17, 08:34
NLUJ student body, time to act?
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Like +3 Object -0 NLIU Student Body 20 Nov 17, 17:19
After the protest, the new registrar has been working very hard to bring about the reforms. Please read this:

Also, an official student body is being constituted at NLIU. There’s an interim Director- Prof. (Dr.) Ghayur Alam who’s the senior most faculty after Prof. S. S. Singh. @Kian, you might want to cover this as well.
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Like +0 Object -0 Former NLIUite 24 Nov 17, 16:48
What about Dr. Surya prakash? Isn't Anna still around... He was the senior most faculty member
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Like +0 Object -0 Current NLIUite 18 Dec 17, 23:59
Anna left last year to take charge as the founder VC of MNLU Aurangabad.
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Like +0 Object -0 Calvin 20 Nov 17, 22:41
Kian can you please clarify this news in today's Deccan Herald:

The government has stated that standalone colleges can apply for the coveted Institution of Eminence Status (20 universities will be selected).This is more prestigious that Institution of National Importance status as the selected colleges will get 1,000 crore funding each and total autonomy. It is being rumoured that at least 1 out of these 20 will be an NLU, possibly 2. It is rumoured that NLSIU, NALSAR and NLUD are submitting bids. Is is true? Can you find out?
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Like +0 Object -0 Inside info 21 Nov 17, 02:18
The list has already been decided and will be announced this month by PM Modi himself. NLS is indeed in the list but not Nalsar or any other law school. The others in the list are the top 3 IITs, top 3 IIMs, AIIMS. JNU etc. The declaration of NLS as IOE is a big moment and reinforces the reputation of NLS as India's premier law school. With the infusion of a thousand crores NLS will get huge improvements in infrastructure and faculty.
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Like +4 Object -0 Darkseid 21 Nov 17, 18:37
None of the existing law schools in India at present deserves to get that status, to be brutally honest. When you consider the standard of IITs (top ones) and IIMs (again, top ones) in terms of engineering and management education respectively, which are fairly close to world-class, our law schools are miles behind in terms of the global standard of legal education. Government would have been far wiser to divide this 1000 crores among the law schools to ensure that at least there is not such huge disparity among themselves, thus allowing the lower ranked law schools to come closer to the top tier ones. That would have been far more beneficial for legal education in India.
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Like +2 Object -0 Guest 21 Nov 17, 23:34
Agreed. Very unfair that the government will be giving 1000 crores to NLSIU only while some of the other top NLUs are starved of funds. 1000 crores for a college with barely 500 students means you can can build campuses and hostels like 5 star hotels and possibly get a few partners to retire from law firms and teach for 1 crore a year salary.

Why were NLUD, NALSAR and NUJS ignored? NLSIU is not as glorious as it once used to be. This is really unfair and should be challenged. Or at least the top 5 NLUs should get 200 crores each instead of one getting 1000 crores.
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Like +2 Object -1 Former NLIUite 24 Nov 17, 16:45
HEY, PLS UPDTE THE POST... Yesterday's Hindi Daily in Bhopal reported that S.S. Singh may get back as the director. There is no maximum age criteria for the post of a NLU Director. The same thing happened in 2013. His first term ended. There were protests around that time.Students thought that he was gone but he returned after few weeks'absence with an extension. The man has good connections with judges from MP High Court. He went on leave. It was never a resignation.
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