Prof Sudhir Krishnaswamy takes over as VC of Country’s oldest law university

Bengaluru: The Chief Justice of India on Wednesday appointed Prof Sudhir Krishnaswamy as the Vice-Chancellor of National Law School of India University (NLSIU), putting an end to speculations and controversies surrounding the appointment of a new chief.

The decision to appoint Prof Sudhir, an alumnus of NLSIU and Director at the School of Policy and Governance at Azim Premji University comes two days after the students of NLSIU called off the protest against the delay in appointing Vice-Chancellor.

Although Prof Krishnaswamy was chosen by the sub-committee, constituted by the Executive Council of NLSIU, in July-end, there was no formal announcement for the last 50 days. The students decided to hold sit-in protest last Friday after news spread that there was a plan to change the composition of Executive Council which would have a bearing on the appointment of new Vice-Chancellor.

Students abruptly called off the protest on Monday evening after CJI Ranjan Gogoi expressed disapproval to the actions of students. Gogoi wanted students to attend exams and promised full-transparency in the appointment of new V-C. The CJI reportedly said only a final order was pending in the appointment of VC.

The Bar Council of India, however, had urged the CJI to review appointing Prof Sudhir Krishnaswamy as the VC as it felt he was instigating the protest by students.

Students, who had boycotted the exam on Monday, said the way of protest could have been planned better. “We are an immature bunch of 20-year-olds. I am sure the CJI will forgive us. The protest was a collective decision and we were only demanding transparency in administration,” one of the student leaders told reporters on Monday evening.