State of Affairs: A Statement of Facts

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The Report of the first ever Review Commission for the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) was finally made public on 24th March, 2017. The Report was submmitted by the Commission constituted by the hon'ble Chancellor (Chief Justice of India) on 30th October, 2017.

On 29th November, 2017 the Vice Chancellor received a letter from the Supreme Court asking for his reponses to which he replied on 21st December, 2017 stating most of the recommendations would be placed before the next Executive Council meeting if the Chancellor permits. An Executive Council meeting took place on 6th January, 2018, however, the report was not tabled or communicated in the meeting.

Upon a student filing an RTI about the Report to the Supreme Court, the University replied on 24th February, that the Report would be made public after being placed before the Executive Council on 7th April, 2018. However, upon students filing an appeal to the RTI on 24th March, 2018, the Report was finally given to the students.

The report highlights the lack of academic output, administrative failure and financial mismanagement in the University among other things. It appreciates the student body and the contribution made by them towards every arena in the University. At the same time, it emphasises on the need to shift from a 'student-run' institution model towards one actually run by its officers and faculty under the law in active consultation with the students. Analysis of the reports can be found on Legally India and Bar & Bench

Post the release of the report, students marked their dissatisfaction with the current administration regime of the incumbent Vice-Chancellor and asked for resignation over his "colossal failure and seven years of their lost opportunities" in a notice dated 26th March, 2018. Earlier, over the past 5 years, the student and alumni have passed three no-confidence motions against him- on 14th January, 2014, 23rd September, 2016 and 18th September, 2018 respectively.

Since yesterday the students have been engaging in passive protests, wherein they attend classes, appear for mid-semester tests and submit project papers while marking their protest in other forms such standing through class hours wearing black bands, engaging with the faculty about their views on the report and organising solidarity events during lunch breaks and after class hours.

The Vice Chancellor is currently absent from the University. He was earlier on leave from 27th February to 21st March, 2018 wherein the senior-most faculty Prof. Anirban Majumdar was appointed as the Acting Vice Chancellor. During this period, the Vice Chancellor had visted Chanakya National Law University (Patna) for interaction with the Selection Committee formed to appoint a new Vice-Chancellor to which he had applied during the month of February. However, for the present period of his absence no acting Vice Chancellor has been appointed, leaving an administrative ambiguity and lack of certainty in the University. Even students' request for extension of library timings to prepare for their Day Zero recruitments in 8 days, could not be granted by the Acting Registrar because of the Vice-Chancellor's absence.

Till now, the student body have not received any response from the Vice-Chancellor, however, certain students have confirmed sighting him physically today in Kolkata.

ANNEXURES:

1) Copy of the University Review Commission Report dated 30th October, 2018.

2) Copy of the Vice Chancellor's Responses to the Report dated 21st December, 2018.

3) Notice to the Vice Chancellor by the Student Juridical Association dated 26th March, 2018.

Related News: Live Law, The Quint, Scroll.in, The Telegraph, Legally India, Bar & Bench

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