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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.

04 June 2013

Nalsar Hyderabad relaxed its attendance requirement from 95 per cent to 75 per cent semester and reduced the number of academic research papers to be written by students per semester from five to one, according to The Hindu.

The law school has also introduced the “restorative justice system” on campus; e.g., students found guilty of cheating will be penalised by working in its library. The administration plans to also take “steps” like introducing film festivals on campus.

Nalsar Vice chancellor Faizan Mustafa told The Hindu:

“We are hoping that our steps to make academic calendar of the student less stressful are implemented by other universities… Our students have to write only one academic research paper and the remaining four papers can be based on their personal interests such as music, movies, book review, etc”

Nalsar had held a workshop in April on “Restorative Justice Procedures in the Higher Education Institutions to overcome the problem of Students' Suicides on University Campuses”. On 30 April the Andhra Pradesh high court appointed Mustafa and Nalsar faculty member Prof Martin Price to the committee to examine the issue of student suicides on campus.

31 May 2013

2gl2khemLLM aspirants were yesterday allowed to freshly submit their university preferences online to the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2013 core committee.

30 May 2013

NLU JodhpurNLU Jodhpur hired three full time teachers and an academic associate in the last twelve months including one professor, one associate professor and one assistant professor.

23 May 2013

GNLU GandhinagarTwo senior GNLU faculty members rebut some of report’s allegations, which apparently lay untouched for five months.

20 May 2013

Nalsar HyderabadNalsar Hyderabad touts India’s first ever MBA in court management.

08 May 2013

ea5hiw0wThe high-powered expert commission questioned disciplinarian administration at the college.

02 May 2013

NUJS: Now with counsellorCollege promises formal inquiry that will not ‘suppress anything’.

26 April 2013

NLU DelhiNLU Delhi added five full time faculty, two visiting professors and three research associates to its teaching staff this academic year taking its total faculty strength to 44, while continuing the drive to recruit young faculty by offering salaries more attractive to foreign university LLM holders.

01 April 2013

BCI & Gov must resurrect directorate of legal education that was killed due to shortage of central funds, says parliament committee. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Grievances Law and Justice wrote: “The committee fails to comprehend why the government did not accede to the request made by the BCI for sustaining the Directorate of Legal Education. It, therefore, desires that the BCI in conjunction with the ministry should take a re-look in the matter and explore how the scheme can be revived.” [Deccan Herald]

The Supreme Court denies Novartis patent protection for its own amended form of caner drug Glivec in major IP judgment [Times of India / Download judgment via @thefirmupdate]

Ex-Supreme Court Justice Markandey Katju and current Press Council of India (PCI) chairman will stop blogging and writing newspaper columns after his comments attracted too much controversy.  He announced on his blog today: 
“It is true that I wish to be uncontroversial […] In this connection, I may refer to Chapter 2 Shloka 34 of the Geeta where Lord Krishna said to Arjun ‘For a self respecting man, death is preferable to dishonour’.” [via Katju blog
The judge has made his fair share of enemies and friends with his outspoken blogs and newspaper columns, infamously writing in 2012 that 90 per cent of Indians were fools. [And this story too was a bit too foolish, we're afraid. Happy April Fools Day!]

05 March 2013

pem2lamoNalsar Hyderabad has turned a new leaf on the dramatic events of last year that culminated in the resignation of its then-vice chancellor (VC). An investigation by the Andhra Pradesh bar council has now exonerated senior faculty members who were alleged to have enjoyed financial and administrative privileges under the previous administration, while the controversial post of dean of academic affairs has been abolished, and Prof Vijender Kumar has been appointed as registrar.

07 February 2013

NLS towersExclusive: NLSIU Bangalore has launched a host of new construction in its academic block, hostels, and basketball courts while NLU Delhi has decided to renegotiate the pay of its foreign-educated faculty, after both law schools were sanctioned close to Rs 8 crore by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in November 2012.

A similar grant was also extended by the UGC to the other 12 national law schools (NLU) late last year under the eleventh five-year plan, after their vice chancellors (VC) lobbied aggressively against excluding the law schools from central funding.

09 January 2013

imageBreaking: The Bar Council of India (BCI) today retracted its 5 January request to the administrators of all Indian law schools to reserve at least two seats in each course for BCI nominees.

08 January 2013

image Breaking: The Bar Council of India (BCI) has sent a letter to the administrators of all Indian law schools, asking them to reserve two places on each course for BCI nominees.

28 September 2012

Mumbai University’s law colleges have still not updated their course-curriculum in accordance with the year-2008 legal education regulations of the Bar Council of India (BCI). This was discovered when a law student of the university filed right to information requests to the university.

A Mumbai University official says:

Aided law colleges are already running into losses. They do not have enough teachers for existing programmes.

 

Colleges are worried about the unaided subjects for which they will need additional faculty. Colleges cannot take the extra burden of these new subjects prescribed by the BCI, when running the existing courses itself is a daunting task. [TOI]

27 September 2012

The Bar Council of India (BCI) said it would reconsider its May resolution making it compulsory for law teachers to pay a recurring fee of Rs 3,000 to the regulator, by possibly decreasing but not completely scrapping this fee.

24 September 2012

Meaningful relationships for congenial legal educationThe legal education committee of the Bar Council of India (BCI) yesterday published a notification on its website inviting suggestions for improving legal education, one month after a group of 80 Indian law teachers petitioned to the regulator to “consult more meaningfully” with legal academics while framing legal education policies.