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NLSIU Bangalore

24 June 2013

Ramlu wants moolah: RMLNLU Lucknow on Saturday decided to raise its fees from the current Rs 80,000 per year to an, as yet, undecided amount, which “will be at par with other national law schools”. However, “the university will consider the financial status of students who come from UP before finalising the fees”, according to university sources [TOI]

CCI short staffed: The Competition Commission of India’s (CCI) director general AK Chauhan has asked for direct recruits for his office up to at least 25 per cent of the CCI’s total employees, after being faced with a manpower crunch. [ET]

Inadequate drug tests: Serial PIL filer, who started a PIL against Ranbaxy in the Supreme Court this month, has argued that the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) suffers from inadequate infrastructure and staff shortages, causing new drugs to be approved for the Indian market by short-circuiting testing (and in some cases not testing them at all on Indian patients) [BS]

Outlook ranks NLS: Outlook India magazine ranked NLSIU Bangalore as India’s “best” law college, ahead of Nalsar Hyderabad, NLIU Bhopal, NUJS Kolkata, ILS Pune and NLU Jodhpur, Symbiosis Pune, GNLU Gandhinagar. Ninth was Amity Delhi, followed by New Law College Pune BVDU, Jamia Islamia Delhi, VHU Varanasi, MS Ramaiah Bangalore, Osmania University Hyderabad and Bangalore Institute of Legal Studies [Ranking, via Bar & Bench]. Rival weekly India Today ranked Nalsar Hyderabad as India’s “best” law school last week. Legally India has reduced coverage of third party law school rankings since last year.

13 June 2013

The 21-year old NLSIU Bangalore student who was allegedly raped near the law school’s campus by eight men in October has discontinued her studies at NLSIU and returned to her native city, according to the New Indian Express.

Dr H Chandrashekar, the Bangalore Medical College’s head of department of psychiatry, was treating her. He told the paper that she had very severe trauma and post traumatic stress disorder and could also have been “under pressure from parents or peers to discontinue and go back”.

The paper also reported that Judge K B Sangannanavar at the Additional City Civil & Sessions Court has begun trying the six accused — Ramu, Doddairayya, Shivanna, Maddura, Yeleyayya and Irayya of Ramangaram and Mattaradodigudda on Wednesday, exactly six months after the incident. The trial of the juvenile also started at the Juvenile Justice Court on June 6.

12 June 2013

CLAT preferencesAt least 50 CLAT 2013 candidates were reshuffled to different colleges two weeks after the first results were first released.

11 June 2013

Publicity interest litigation? SC judges GS Misra and Madan Lokur told Ranbaxy PIL petitioner advocate ML Sharma, who had prayed for cancellation of its licence for allegedly selling spurious drugs, this his allegations were “unfounded”. The judges told Sharma: “Do some serious research on it and only then, we will see it. You are taking a very serious issue and we should not entertain it just because of its publicity value.” [PTI]

NLS rape trial: Trial in the October 2012 rape of an NLSIU Bangalore student is starting tomorrow (12 June), reports the New Indian Express, thoughtfully reminding readers that it was a “sensational gang rape case” with “eerie parallels to the Delhi gang-rape case”.

Striking lawyers: The Tamil Nadu Advocates Association today boycotted proceedings in the Madras HC to press its demand for the dismissal of the state police chief after he refused to register their complaint against the Kanyakumari district police for attacking lawyers. [PTI]

Creative lobby lawyers? Visiting Harvard Law School researcher Bhargavi Zaveri analyses the Disclosure of Lobbying Activities Bill, which seeks to regulate political lobbying in India where lobbyists often “creatively couch themselves as political aides, public relations officers and advocates for policy change”. Also, he asks, would the Bar Council of India permit lawyers to engage in lobbying practice? [EPW]

Advocates sexiest (too)? The UK’s GQ magazine has ranked criminal barristers (but not solicitors) as having the seventh-sexiest job in the world. “These are proper lawyers,” writes celeb journo and Guardian columnist Victoria Coren, who ‘compiled’ the rankings for the July edition of the magazine. “They wear wigs and gowns, which is pleasingly kinky. And they're constantly resentful that they don't make enough money. All women know that a combination of adrenaline, resentment and strange costumes can make for a truly enjoyable weekend.” [Legal Cheek]

10 June 2013

NLSIU Bangalore first-year student Chirayu Jain sued Hindustan Pencils for alleged racism by labelling their peachy pink-coloured crayon as “skin” coloured in the crayons box set, which the company sells under the brand Colorama, reported the Hindu.

Jain has filed in the Bangalore Urban Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum for compensation of Rs 10 lakh, including Rs 1 lakh for hurting his sentiments and Rs 9 lakh to the Consumer Welfare Fund, from the owner of the Nataraj and Apsara stationery brands. He told the paper: “I have been researching the issue of skin colour and the resultant differentiation for over a year now. It is in the course of my study that I stumbled upon this extremely offensive product.”

03 June 2013

Clat preferences Nuals Kochi drops behind RMLNLU Lucknow and CNLU Patna but seven oldest national law schools stay top.

14 May 2013

MilkroundAmarchand has emerged as the most aggressive Indian early recruiter hiring 36 fourth-year law students across 10 colleges.

07 May 2013

NLSIU Bangalore placed 24 out of 80 fourth year students on 20 April 2013 including 11 pre-placement offers(PPOs). Two independent offers from McKinsey & Co were made in addition to those.

A total of 21 ‘day zero’ campus offers to start work in 2014 came from law firms Luthra & Luthra (8 campus offers), Trilegal (5), Amarchand Mangaldas (4), AZB & Partners (2), and Khaitan & Co (2), according to legal website Bar & Bench, with AZB and Khaitan having recruited entirely through PPOs.

A total of 50 students who had subscribed to the college placement process. Students have also secured three London internships each with Allen & Overy and Herbert Smith Freehills. NLSIU’s RCC has not been reachable for comment by Legally India.

NLU Jodhpur’s day zero was four days before NlSIU’s on 16 April, placing 14 students.

17 April 2013

MPL 4: Where Indian mooting livesTeam MPL talks to 2013 Jessup winners Geetha Hariharan and Akshaya Ramadurai about the mornings after their historic win.

13 April 2013

MPL 4: Where Indian mooting livesNLU Delhi is within striking distance of NLSIU Bangalore in what is perhaps the best year yet for Indian mooting teams abroad.

10 April 2013

MPL 4: Where Indian mooting lives NLSIU Bangalore has broken all records in the MPL 4. We asked its moot society how.

02 April 2013

Indefinite strike: Dwarka Court Bar Association lodges protest writ in Delhi HC against its 19 February notification reassigning criminal cases in Delhi’s West, Southwest and South districts from Saket and Dwarka courts to Tis Hazari and Patiala House. Association lawyers went on indefinite strike as the order was implemented on Friday [Express/HT]

Madurai advocates’ protest and hunger strike against Sri Lankan government for fourth day running. In 2009 similar protests had resulted in a clash with the police after hurling eggs at Janata Party president Subramaniam Swamy [Hindu/TOI]

Vacancies reduce at Patna, Guwahati and Chhattisgarh high courts, after three additional judges are made permanent in Patna, one additional judge is made permanent in Guwahati, and the Chhattisgarh high court gets two new additional judges [NetIndian]

NLS VC chats: NLSIU Bangalore vice chancellor Prof R Venkat Rao on NLSIU’s 100 per cent autonomy, default position on the Rhodes Scholars list and more in an interview with the Express [New Indian Express]

No air fare cap: CCI refuses to hold guilty of unfair competition, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Civil Aviation, for increasing air fares. Says a cap on air fares is not tenable as they are governed by market forces [Zee News]

12 March 2013

Sidharth ChauhanExclusive: Dismissed NLSIU Bangalore faculty member Sidharth Chauhan is currently in talks to join Nalsar Hyderabad in June for the start of the next academic session.

11 March 2013

MPL 4: Where Indian mooting lives ILS Pune beat NLSIU Bangalore in the finals of the fourth NLU Jodhpur Antitrust Law Moot Court Competition held last weekend between 8 and 10 March.

04 March 2013

jc5ntqgfNLSIU Bangalore’s registrar of four years Prof V Nagaraj was today appointed as the new vice-chancellor (VC) of NLU Orissa (NLUO) Cuttack.

04 March 2013

NLSIU Bangalore alum Sidharth Chauhan, who was dismissed from his temporary faculty position at the law school last month, wrote an open letter to the NLSIU community on Friday alleging that his dismissal was “a warning meant to discourage other members of the faculty and administrative staff from asking difficult questions”.

20 February 2013

ILS Law College Pune, Bharti Vidyapeeth Deemed University New Law College Pune, Symbiosis Law School Pune, KLE Bangalore, and NLSIU Bangalore were felicitated by the Bar Council of India (BCI) on 16 February as "outstanding" law colleges in India.

The BCI’s chairman Manan Kumar Mishra felicitated the colleges in his inaugural speech at the centenary celebrations of the regulator held on 16 and 17 February at Vigyan Bhawan, Delhi.

ILS Pune principal Vaijayanti Joshi, who is also secretary to the Indian Law Society, told Legally India that the felicitation was “in special recognition of their outstanding services to legal education”.

Joshi said: The [BCI] chairman in his address to the Prime Minister and Chief Justice of India on the dias at Vigyan Bhavan, said that in addition to NLS Bangalore, there are other institutes which have done well, out of the 900 law colleges in India.”

She confirmed that to the best of her knowledge, this was the first time the BCI had given such awards. [Picture of Joshi with BCI trophy]

A person close to the BCI confirmed the shortlist and explained that it was decided by the chairman and the legal education committee after taking into account the colleges' performance over the past few years.

Mishra did not return calls for comment.

Update: Mishra, commenting to Bar & Bench on 21 February, said that Amity Law School Delhi had also been facilitated, and that 15 further private colleges would receive awards in the coming year.  "“It is the decision of the BCI based on the performances of the colleges," he said. “Some of the national law schools are doing well. National law schools get huge impetus from the state government. So apart from these, we have felicitated some private institutions which have been contributing to legal education 

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.

01 February 2013

Siddharth ChauhanBreaking & exclusive: NLSIU Bangalore faculty and alumnus Sidharth Chauhan was yesterday dismissed from service, little over a month after he wrote to vice-chancellor (VC) R Venkata Rao criticising his non-consultative manner of imposing a 9pm ban on opening the law school gates.

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