The Rajasthan High Court has set aside suspension orders passed against two students of NLU Jodhpur by the Anti-Ragging Committee formed by the University. Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog, who is also the Chancellor of the University, set aside the suspensions after an appeal was preferred against the same. Last July, the Anti-Ragging Committee had initiated an inquiry following the withdrawal of a first year student on allegations of ragging. The Committee had unanimously concluded that six of the accused students were guilty. The instant appeal was preferred by Pranav Pramod and Shreyansh Bhandari, both of whom had been suspended for […]

An eventful evening unfolded at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi on Saturday, as a unique course titled ‘Advanced Sport Law and Governance’, was launched by the Centre for India Australia Studies at Jindal Global Law School (JGLS). The course will be taught at the JGLS in association with the TC Beirne School of Law (University of Queensland). Law students of the Queensland University, along with Professors Sarah Kelly and Shaun Star, will also attend a week long orientation program at JGLS. Speaking at the event, the Deputy High Commissioner of the Australian High Commission Chris Elstoft stated, “There are various education […]

Sending a strong message against sexual harassment both on and off campus, students of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore recently made a significant amendment to the rules governing the Recruitment Co-ordination Committee (RCC), Batch of 2019. The new amendment allows the RCC to disclose information regarding conviction of internship/placement candidates under the NLSIU Code to Combat Sexual Harassment (SHARIC code) to prospective firms. The amendment, proposed by five RCC members – Chandni Ochani, Chhavi Singhal, Jashanjot Kaur, Megha Mehta and Ritika Bansal – was passed with a two-thirds majority, following student discussion as well as anonymous feedback. Several […]

NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, in conjunction with Humane Society International (India), has established the first ever Centre for Animal Law in India. The centre was inaugurated on Friday by Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi. N.G. Jayasimha, managing director of HSI/India, has been appointed as the Honorary Director of the Centre. “Today is a historic day for India and its animals,” he said. “We thank the Board of NALSAR and of course, the Vice Chancellor Professor Faizan Mustafa, who has made this centre happen. We hope that the Centre for Animal Law will be the first […]

A few months ago, the students of the National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi had called off their protests against the maladminstration at the University in the hope that the authorities would address their concerns. And now, the agitation has been reinstated in light of the administration’s failure to change things at NUSRL. To make matters worse, security forces have been deployed on campus to ward off the protests. Back in April, the students were promised improvements to campus infrastructure, funds from the state government and a financial audit of the University within fifteen days. When the […]

An endowment chair has been set up by the Revenue department of the Finance Ministry at National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru, to carry out research in International practices pertaining to key areas such as taxation, dispute resolution mechanism, transfer pricing and e-commerce among others, and their adoption in the Indian context. The research so generated is expected to influence future policy decisions in these areas and for the purpose of training officers. As per TOI, the National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes & Narcotics (NACIN), part of the revenue department under the Central Board of Indirect Taxes […]

Protests at Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU) Lucknow have been suspended a week after the students went up in arms against the state of affairs at the University. The students have been headstrong in their bid to change things at the University, ever since allegations of sexual harassment on the part of senior officials came to light. An inquiry into these incidents is already underway. Classes resumed yesterday as the students agreed to give the administration time to meet their demands. The authorities have acquiesced to the following demands made by students: The Joint Registrar and Deputy Registrar […]

In an act of heavy-handedness, six students of National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata were assaulted on Sunday. The students, who were volunteers with Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA), were attacked in their attempts to prevent the demolition of a slum in Kolkata’s Subash Sarovar area. Last month, an IDIA team had successfully obtained a stay on the proposed demolition of the slum in a petition they helped file in the Calcutta High Court. However, despite the High Court’s stay order, the authorities decided to proceed with demolition on Sunday. When news of the same reached the NUJS […]

The students of Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU), Lucknow are continuing their protest even as a Judicial Inquiry Committee has been set up to look into the recent allegations of sexual harassment on campus. A furore was sparked at the University on Monday, bringing classes to halt, when it came to light that charges of sexual harassment were levelled against two senior administrative officers. On conducting a random inspection on campus, one of the officials allegedly took videos of male and female students. Another official allegedly threatened a female student that he had a photograph of her in […]

Students of Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU), Lucknow are protesting the state of affairs at the University. The students have been up in arms over the administration’s arbitrary policies and inaction in a number of matters for some time now. And the straw that broke the camel’s back was the recent incidents of alleged sexual harassment by two administrative officials. On conducting a random inspection on campus, one of the officials allegedly took videos of male and female students. Another official allegedly threatened a female student that he had a photograph of her in a compromising position. A […]

Law students of various colleges affiliated to the Mumbai University are facing the brunt of the authorities’ handling of the final year examination results. Students are alleging negligence on the part of the authorities after it came to light that several students were wrongly marked absent for various exams. Moreover, an inordinate number of students were failed in one particular subject, Law of Evidence. As a consequence, the students have been adversely affected in a number of ways. One of the students left in the lurch is Rupal Agarwal, final year student of the five-year course at Government Law College […]

The Legal Aid Clinic of Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) has won the 2017 Herbert Smith Freehills’ Community Engagement Award for Community Investment through Legal Work. The award is presented annually as part of the efforts by Herbert Smith Freehills to recognise social projects led by Indian law students and to support those creating a positive impact in their communities. The second edition of the Community awards had invited entries in two categories i.e. Community Investment Through Legal Work and Community Contribution Through Volunteering (non-legal work). The Community Investment Through Legal Work award aims at identifying law students who are working to bring sustainable […]

The path to practising in Australia has been made easier for students of Jindal Global Law School (JGLS), after the Law Council of Australia (LCA) recently recognized the law school. The LCA and the Law Admissions Consultative Committee (LACC) gave the green signal to all LL.B. degrees offered at JGLS, making it the first Indian law college to be recognized by Australia. Commenting on the development, Founding Vice Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University and Dean of JGLS, Prof. Raj Kumar said, “The recognition by the LCA is also a part of our vision to promote opportunities for further study and […]

A third-year student of National Law University Jodhpur (NLU Jodhpur) was found dead near the rail track opposite the campus on Monday, reports TOI. Vikram Nagech had reportedly gone out with this friends to an establishment near the campus on Sunday evening. While his friends returned to the campus, he told them that he would come later. When he was contacted later in the night, he assured his friends that he would come back soon. His body was discovered the next morning. It is yet to be determined what the cause of death was. While the college authorities claim it […]

Students at the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata have raised concerns regarding invasion of privacy and aligned issues, which have emerged following the installation of CCTV cameras in various areas of the campus, including within classrooms and near the girls hostel. Recently it was reported by Legally India that two letters voicing these concerns had been circulated within the student community and were to be submitted to the concerned authorities for further action. A letter drafted by the Student Juridical Association (SJA) had raised issues surrounding the all-pervasive presence of CCTV cameras, particularly within classrooms. This, it contends, […]

The numbers related to sexual exploitation of minor girls in India are hard to believe. The latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) statistics show that human trafficking rose by 25% in the year 2015. 40% of these cases involve the exploitation of children, with 1.25 million girls being forced into child prostitution. Perhaps the most staggering fact is that despite the rampant violations that take place, only 55 cases in 2015 led to conviction. One of the reasons for the same is the lack of lawyers with special expertise in the fields of human trafficking and child prostitution. In an attempt […]

Speaking at NALSAR Hyderabad’s 15th Annual Convocation last week, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao announced that the government would grant 22 acres of land to the University. Vice-Chancellor Prof Faizan Mustafa confirmed to Bar & Bench that the additional land would be near NALSAR’s existing campus in Shamirpet. The land, on which the Judicial Academy currently stands, will be utilised for a staff college, additional hostels, research centres and other facilities. At the convocation attended by Ramesh Ranganathan, Chief Justice of the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad, it was also announced that the University would launch a 3-year […]

A week after allegations of ragging and sexual abuse surfaced at National Law Institute University (NLIU) Bhopal, six students have been suspended. The allegations were levelled against more than thirty senior students, after six different anonymous complaints were made through the National Anti-Ragging Helpline (NARH). Out of these, six second year students have been suspended, and will not be allowed to stay in the University hostel pending the completion of an inquiry. Prof Rajiv Kumar Khare, Proctor at the University, told Bar & Bench, “Prima facie it appears that they may have been involved, so we suspended them, pending inquiry […]

Two students of the National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal have made complaints that seniors on campus indulged in ragging and even sexual abuse of freshers, reports The Indian Express. Students have come forth with complaints that seniors forced them to watch porn until five in the morning and that a female senior student sexually molested a junior repeatedly while in an inebriated state. There are allegations that hostel authorities and teachers were aware that alcohol consumption took place on campus, but turned a blind eye to it. Following the complaints, the Proctoral Board headed by Rajiv Khare took the […]

The National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata has constituted a Review Commission for the first time in its 16-year history. Speaking to Bar & Bench, Vice-Chancellor of NALSAR, Hyderabad Prof Faizan Mustafa has confirmed that the Commission will have the following members: as Chairman, Prof Mohan Gopal (director of the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies in . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One year access to all archival material Access to all Bar & […]

NLSIU’s founding Vice-Chancellor Prof NR Madhava Menon and the University’s Alumni have joined the clamour against the Karnataka government’s move to introduce fifty per cent reservation for state domicile candidates. The Governing Body of the NLSIU Alumni Association (NLSIU AA) convened an emergency meeting noting that the Amendment Bill calling for state domicile reservation had been introduced in both houses of the State Legislature, sans any public consultation and barely any debate on the floor of the houses. A letter written by the Alumni condemns the legislation as one that “undermines the very character and basis of the national institution that […]

The Student Bar Association of National Law School of India University (NLSIU) Bangalore has resolved to fight Karnataka’s move to introduce a 50 per cent state domicile reservation at India’s oldest national law school. The state Law Minister TB Jayachandra had tabled the ‘2017 National Law School of India University (Amendment) Bill’ on June 20. It was passed by the Legislative Assembly, but is yet to be passed by the Legislative Council. Quite unsurprisingly, the Student Bar has reacted strongly to the amendment, terming it as antithetical to the University’s cultural and regional diversity. A letter written by the Student Bar states, […]

As reported yesterday, National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore is likely to introduce a 50 per cent state domicile reservation. The 2017 National Law School of India University (Amendment) Bill was tabled by Karnataka Law Minister TB Jayachandra yesterday. The Bill has been passed in the state legislative assembly, but is yet to receive assent in the legislative council. The Bill seeks to amend Section . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One year access […]

Three decades after its establishment in 1987, the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore is likely have 50 per cent of its seats reserved for candidates who are domiciled in Karnataka. According to Economic Times, an amendment to that effect in the NLSIU Act, 1986 was passed by the Karnataka Legislative Assembly today . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One year access to all archival material Access to all Bar & Bench reports Register […]

Law school rankings by magazines have historically been a fruitless and misleading exercise, but The Week may have just bucked that trend. Well, slightly, anyway. As a welcome change from the ludicrous (perhaps paid) rankings of every year, The Week has come up with a list that is more acceptable, with a few exceptions. Each law college is ranked in order of its “Composite Score”. It comes as no surprise that NLSIU Bangalore tops the list, followed by NALSAR Hyderabad and Faculty of Law, Delhi University. WBNUJS Kolkata is in fourth, followed by NLIU Bhopal, NLU Jodhpur and Faculty of Law, […]

Two graduates of National Law University, Delhi have cleared the Union Public Service Commission’s (UPSC) Civil Services (Main) Examination of 2016. Pratik Tayal and Aditya Vikram Yadav of the batch that graduated in 2016, secured ranks of 92 and 302 respectively. This story will be updated as and when we find more information. If you are aware of any other law graduates who have cleared the exam, kindly leave their names, institutions and ranks in the comments . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited […]

Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to legal education (IDIA) has produced as many as nine scholars who have made it to national law universities thus far. Eight students cleared CLAT 2017 in the first list, whereas one student has secured admission at NLU Delhi after clearing AILET 2017. Among the successful scholars to have cleared CLAT in the first list is Anoop Kumar, a visually impaired student hailing from Gardih in Jharkhand. He was ranked ninth in the Specially Abled Persons category, and has hence secured admission at WBNUJS, Kolkata. Mukesh Seju from Rajasthan secured the eighth rank in the […]

The results of this year’s edition of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT 2017) have been released on the CLAT website (clat.ac.in). Follow this link and enter your login details to view the results. HT reported that Rajat Maloo from Jaipur topped the undergraduate exam with a score of 154.25. Vihit Ashish Shah of Maharashtra and Radhika Sharda from Rajasthan took the second and third ranks woth scores of 150.25 and 148.5 respectively. Sumit Kumar Gupta from Bihar was in fourth, with a score of 147.5. According to the report, 47,108 students reported for the online undergraduate exam. A total […]

In a heartwarming show of support, the people of Mumbai made an effort to help put a third year student of the city’s Government Law College (GLC) through law school. In a series of tweets, Radio City host Suchitra Tyagi (@Su4ita) revealed the heart rending story of Nikita Shukla, who is visually impaired. On account of her disability, Nikita’s parents sought to get her married after she completed school. However, Nikita refused, as she wanted to fulfill her dream of studying law. As a result, she was forced to leave the house. With a little help from her friends, she […]

The “rankings” become more farcical by the year. If the fact that a number of law colleges were missing from the top last year raised a few questions, this year’s India Today rankings certainly warrant a full-blown inquisition. It comes as no surprise that NLSIU, Bangalore is once again at the top; what is surprising is most of the other names on that list. Aligarh Muslim University’s Faculty of Law is in second place, followed by, less bewilderingly, WBNUJS, Kolkata. Quite astoundingly, Amity Law School, Noida and Christ University’s School of Law complete the top five. Bharati Vidyapeeth’s New Law […]