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NLIU director SS Singh resigns • One week of successful student protests wind down • HC appoints registrar + inquiry

Result: NLIU Bhopal students get director resignation they asked for after days of peaceful protestsResult: NLIU Bhopal students get director resignation they asked for after days of peaceful protests

NLIU Bhopal director Prof SS Singh has resigned after a full week of students’ boycott of classes, sitting out at the university gates to peacefully protest alleged administrative apathy.

The protest has now been called off and regular classes will commence from tomorrow, according to sources present on campus, as a fact-finding committee will work on a report examining the administrative mismanagement at NLIU by the deadline of 25 December 2017.

The Madhya Pradesh high court today passed an order to expedite the search for and appointment of a new director to replace Singh and also appointed additional district and sessions judge Girbala Singh as the law school’s registrar.

In terms of an order passed by chief justice Hemant Gupta, justice JK Maheshwari, advocate general Purushendra Kaurav, senior advocate VK Tankha and Bhopal law department principal secretary AM Saxena:

The process of appointment of new director of the National Law Institute University shall be expedited.

Smt Girbala Singh, additional district and sessions judge, Bhopal be appointed as registrar of National Law Institute University Bhopal with effect from 16 November 2017.

A Committee consisting of additional chief secretary of the higher education department, govt of MP and the principal secretary, law and legislative affairs department, Govt of MP, Bhopal shall hold a fact finding enquiry into the allegations made by the students of the National Law Institute University and suggest measures to address the grievances of the students and improve the administration/management of the institution including examination and evaluation procedures and submit the report by 25 December 2017.

Prof Singh's first term as NLIU's director had come to an end on 31 May 2013 and there was a significant lapse of time before the law school acted to find a new director and eventually renewed Singh's term that year. His second five-year term would have therefore ended in another six months.

However, the registrar's post has been vacant since former registrar SC Pande was transferred in May 2013, and registrar-in-charge Ravi Pande has been holding the fort.

NLIU students had asked for examination system reforms, teaching reforms and attendance system reforms in addition to infrastructural improvements, eventually leading to a demand for Singh's resignation since they sat on continued protest on 9 November at 9am.

However until today's high court order after one full week of protest, the administration had shown hardly any signs of yielding and the students had condemned it for using “intimidation tactics”.

RMLNLU Lucknow's protest, also against administrative apathy, earlier this year had also taken an entire week before yielding any results.

NUSRL Ranchi students were made to call off their protest within four days this year, through written assurances, but within a few months they were back protesting at its gates, calling the relief cosmetic in nature.

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Like +2 Object -1 Lalaji 15 Nov 17, 22:10
Prof. SS Singh was our esteemed Director, not the Registrar.
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Like +0 Object -0 kianganz 15 Nov 17, 22:18
Thanks - do you mean the typo in the second half of the story? Now corrected, thanks!
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Like +1 Object -0 For kian 15 Nov 17, 22:24
Kian, u have lost your minds. A. K. Patnaik has retired and cutting Chief Justice of MP HC is justice Hemant Gupta
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Like +0 Object -1 kianganz 15 Nov 17, 22:34
Thanks, sometimes I wonder :) Corrected CJ, error much regretted... :)
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Like +0 Object -0 Correction 15 Nov 17, 22:27
Chief Justice, Hemant Gupta.

@Kian, Press release will come out tomorrow.
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Like +0 Object -0 Student44 15 Nov 17, 22:51
Is the news of resignation confirmed?
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Like +8 Object -0 NLU Stud 16 Nov 17, 00:34  interesting
Congratulations to everyone at NLIU.
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Like +16 Object -4 Guest 16 Nov 17, 00:44  interesting  top rated
Wow! Standing ovation to NLIU students! I wish students of a certain NLU in Karnataka would show the same spine
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Like +5 Object -4 FAKE NEWS EXPOSED 16 Nov 17, 01:02
Attention everyone: On Twitter some bots were mindlessly tweeting support in favour of SS Singh. Some abusing female students. Prima facie they seem to be part of the BJP troll army. I am naming the twitter handles below. An investigation should be done into who got the BJP troll army to interfere.
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Like +11 Object -1 NUJS 16 Nov 17, 01:11  interesting
Ishwar Bhat is next! Just wait till the review commission report comes out.
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Like +0 Object -0 NUJS Hopeful 17 Nov 17, 13:40
Here's hoping! Fingers crossed!
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Like +7 Object -0 Guy Fawkes 16 Nov 17, 10:56  interesting
Incredible stuff. This shows how coming together in solidarity can actually move mountains. This is pretty monumental. Other law schools would do well to take a leaf out of NLIU's book.
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Like +3 Object -1 Guest 16 Nov 17, 11:40
Congratulations to NLIU (and previous NLUs protesting) for showing that student protests can be dignified and mature without descending into violence and cheap abuse (like ordinary colleges).
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Like +3 Object -0 Another guest 16 Nov 17, 14:49
Congrats to all NLIU students. Its a grat achievement. Keep up the momentum.

@ 10 Guest: You seem to suggest that NLUs are extraordinary and other institutions are ordinary. Trust me, such attitude and statements are absolutely flawed.

[P.S. I am a NLU graduate myself and secured a training contract, so its not an "ordinary" person calling grapes sour.]
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Like +11 Object -0 Guest 16 Nov 17, 16:24  interesting
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Like +1 Object -0 Tweety 16 Nov 17, 20:01
Kian, if you could allow comment 8, there is no rational reason why my reply to that comment got censored! If you are worried about the CJI aspect, I've seen plenty of people saying worse things about Mishra in this forum.
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Like +2 Object -0 HNLU Student 16 Nov 17, 22:12
Too bad students from HNLU are far too scared to even stand-up for basic requirements like extension of library timings. Congratulations to NLIU!
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Like +1 Object -1 ???? 16 Nov 17, 22:16
Too bad the SJA at NUJS does not have similar resolve. #cowards
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Like +0 Object -0 pi 18 Nov 17, 15:13
should we not wait for the review to come out first?
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Like +2 Object -0 NLIU Student Body 17 Nov 17, 09:52
Kian, we’ve released the official press release on our Facebook page - NLIU Speaks.
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