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20 August 2014

JGLS: CSIJindal Global Law School (JGLS) Sonepat move to take fingerprints of students for attendance has been criticised by a minority of students and faculty.

20 June 2014

JGLS SonepatJindal Global Law School (JGLS) Sonepat has dropped most financial penalties it could levy on students and ended the disciplinary practice of “gating” or restraining students’ exits from campus.

20 February 2014

bimal and dholakiaGNLU Gandhinagar director Dr Bimal Patel will continue as the law school’s director for another five years, according to a press release which stated that GNLU’s general council had renewed his term that had expired in November.

25 September 2013

Parsons: CyclesHerbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has entered into associations with NLS, NUJS, Nalsar, NLU Jodhpur and Delhi so far.

03 September 2013

Prof (Justice) Avadh Behari Rohatgi – father of senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi – was posthumously awarded the SILF-MILAT Distinguished Law Teacher Award 2013 on 1 September, at the “fifth law teacher’s day” celebrated by the Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) and NLSIU Bangalore founder Prof Madhav Menon’s Menon Institute of Legal Advocacy Training (MILAT).

Seedling School of Law & Governance Jaipur director Prof VS Mani was awarded the “SILF-MILAT Prof NR Madhava Menon Best Law Teacher Award 2013”, Amity University Law School Noida and ILS Law College Pune were awarded the “SILF-MILAT Institutional Leadership Award 2013”, NLSIU Bangalore Prof Ashok R Patil was awarded the “SILF-MILAT Education Innovation Award 2013”, and NLSIU’s Jessup 2013 winning team was awarded the “SILF MILAT Best Law Student Award 2013”, according to a press release from SILF-MILAT.

ILS Pune had also been felicitated by the BCI as one of India’s five “outstanding law colleges” in its golden jubilee celebrations in February.

The “law symposium” presided over by Supreme Court justice Madan Lokur raised a discussion on institutionalised structures that will help fulfil “the need for court mangers to focus on the twin issues of making judicial administration as well as support system administration in courts more efficient and litigant friendly in order to cut delays and speed up disposal of cases,” stated the release.

06 August 2013

NGT bans sand mining: The National Green Tribunal banned the practice of sand mining from riverbeds without the environment ministry’s clearance, complying with a 2012 order of the Supreme Court and responding to the suspension of young IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal who had conducted a drive against the sand mafia in Uttar Pradesh [Mint]

CJI overtaker, arrested: A man in Coimbatore was arrested after overtaking the wrong car – the one driving the chief justice of India (CJI) P Sathasivam around town, escorted by team of cops [NIE]

Sweeping new SEBI powers: Former SEBI executive director Pratip Kar discusses how SEBI’s July 18 ordinance giving it sweeping powers has provided it with the right machinery to play catch-up with errant companies who’re always ahead in the game [BS]

Parental marriage consent, precedent: Political party leader S Ramadoss used the Karnataka HC’s 2011 judgment requiring parental consent for love marriages by girls under 21 years of age, to buttress his argument for an amendment to that effect in the Hindu Marriage Act. Ramadoss said that the HC had explained the “untold misery and hardship” of parents of teenage girls falling in love, reported the [Hindu]

Political parties v RTI: Citizen groups in various parts of India are protesting against the government’s move to amend the RTI Act to exempt political parties from its purview. The other alternative available to the government was to file for a High Court stay on the Central Information Commission’s June order that had directed six national political parties to appoint a Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) under the Act [HT]

BCI enforces norms on university: After the Bar Council of India (BCI) reportedly found that only five full time faculty were available for 1,200 students at the Rajasthan University’s law college, instead of the UGC-devised 1:20 teacher-student ratio, it disallowed the university’s repeated pleas to begin the 2013 academic session, forcing admitted students to leave for other colleges [TOI]

22 July 2013

NUJSComplaints included declining faculty standards and opaque, apparently arbitrary decision-making from the top.

19 July 2013

NUJSNUJS Kolkata graduate Adreeka Pandey and assistant professor Lovely Dasgupta have amicably settled their differences.

16 July 2013

NUJS: Warning NUJS Kolkata has closed its investigation into a student’s allegation of physical assault by a faculty member.

13 July 2013

NandimathNLSIU Bangalore appointed associate professor Dr OV Nandimath as its new registrar on Thursday, to succeed former registrar Prof V Nagaraj who was appointed as NLUO Cuttack’s vice chancellor (VC) on 4 March.

10 July 2013

Electric Jaising-Misra court: Additional solicitor general Indira Jaising appeared yesterday before justice Gyan Sudha Misra for the Union of India (UoI) in the Ishraat Jahaan fake encounter case. When Misra asked for Jaising’s authority to appear, Jaising said she was there for the UoI on the home ministry’s instructions, and added: “I am not here to show off myself”. “When we are asking you some questions, why is it that you are feeling some electric shocks?” retorted Misra, warning Jaising about contempt proceedings, at which point she apologised [Telegraph]

Jodhpur job score: NLU Jodhpur placed 61 out of a class of 90 students graduating this year, with Amarchand Mangaldas and Trilegal each hiring eight students. Majmudar & Partners hired six, JSA four, and legal process outsourcing (LPO) company Pangea3 picked up five. Gujarat State Petronet, Sebi and ONGC hired four each [Bar & Bench]

RMLNLU permanent #fail: RMLNLU Lucknow’s new VC Gurdip Singh has done away with repeat exams for students who fail, in order to improve ‘quality education and discipline’ [TOI]

What CJI tells PMO: Correspondence between the Chief Justice of India and the Prime Minister of India is not exempt from the purview of the Right to Information Act 2005, the Central Information Commission has held [BS]

Cal green tribunal wilts: Kolkata, the city where India’s first green tribunal was launched, is on the verge of losing its green tribunal to Guwahati or Ranchi [TOI]

Third degree on LPO: The Australian Law Students’ Association is calling for greater practicality and less theory in their law school curriculum so they can compete with legal process outsourcing (LPO) companies encroaching on what was traditionally the domain of lawyers [Lawyers Weekly]

10 July 2013

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NLSIU Bangalore side-stepped Right to Information (RTI) requests on grades, cheating & faculty.

05 July 2013

NLIUNLIU Bhopal awaits the appointment of its new director and registrar after outgoing director Prof SS Singh’s term ended on 31 May and former registrar SC Pande was transferred to a different high court in May.

04 July 2013

India sides with Obama: Salman Khursheed, former law minister, defends US spies’ electronic snooping, saying it’s not “snooping” and “only computer analysis of patterns of calls and e-mails sent”. Minister gets slammed by rivals [Hindu]

Niche education: Law colleges have increasingly started offering ‘niche courses’ such as nuclear, space, business, cyber crime and other laws, reports [Business Standard]

Rape trial access: Foreign correspondents petition Delhi high court to cover Delhi gang rape trial day-to-day [Deccan Chronicle]

Destressed Nalsar: An Andhra Pradesh HC bench told the University Grants Commission (UGC) to examine proposals made by Nalsar Hyderabad’s nine-member committee to reduce stress and suicides of students [New Indian Express]

Dominant ratings: The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is to probe whether TV rating agency TAM Media Research has abused its dominant position [Times of India]

Bombay in Tamil: Bombay HC allows litigant, who doesn’t speak Hindi, to depose in Tamil [Business Standard]

Rape compensation PIL: Bombay HC to hear PIL proposing to set up fund to compensate victims of sexual violence [Times of India]

Judges’ busy hols: Delhi high court rejects PIL asking for a reduction in judges’ holidays, arguing that “most judges spend a substantial part of vacation time in writing the judgments” [WSJ] A similar petition was also filed in Chennai in May

Pro-India DOMA: The US’ pro-gay-rights Supreme Court verdict may be a boon for Indian jurisprudence [Mint]

26 June 2013

j15bs01mNLU Jodhpur’s vice chancellor (VC) search committee submitted a shortlist of five names to the university’s chancellor 12 days ago.

12 June 2013

m3qupdkaNalsar Hyderabad hired 14 full-timers & 16 non-permanent faculty members for ‘academic ambience’.

05 June 2013

GNLU GNLU visitor orders third MIA review commission member to report in three months.

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