NLSIU Bengaluru has scooped as its new registrar the dean of BML Munjal University’s law school, Prof Nigam Nuggehalli, alongside a raft of another batch of four lateral faculty hires who have joined recently, and two more who are due to join: Arun Thiruvengadam from Azim Premji and Saurabh Bhattacharjee from NUJS Kolkata.
Nuggehalli, a 1997 NLSIU graduate, was the first national law university LLB holder to permanently run an Indian law school in July 2019 (other than Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer V Arun Roy, who temporarily took over at Tamil Nadu National Law School Srirangam in 2015).
His appointment at BML Munjal predates that of current NLSIU VC Sudhir Krishnaswamy, who is a 1998 graduate of NLS and was appointed in August 2019.
He declined to comment when contacted.
Nuggehalli succeeds interim registrar Sarasu Esther Thomas, who was appointed following Prof OV Nandimath’s resignation in October 2019.
Nigam NuggehalliWork history From: Jul 2019: Dean, School of Law , BML Munjal University (Gurgaon) Jul 2018 – Jul 2019: Visiting Professor, NLSIU (Bangalore) May 2014 – May 2018: Associate Professor, Azim Premji Foundation India (Bangalore) Oct 2008 – Apr 2014: Principal Lecturer, BPP Law School (London)Education University of Oxford, Doctor of Philosophy – PhD, Law New York University, Master of Laws – LLM, Taxation National Law School of India University, BA,LLB (Hons’), Law
Also soon to join, we understand from two sources with knowledge of the hires, are two more faculty members:
- Azim Premji University Bengaluru professor of law Arun Thiruvengadam, who had previously also taught at NUS Singapore. He holds a 1995 LLB and 2001 LLM from NLSIU, as well as an LLM in 2002 and 2007 JSD (doctorate in law) from NYU law’s school, and
- NUJS Kolkata assistant professor Saurabh Bhattacharjee, who is a 2005 Nalsar Hyderabad graduate and holds a 2009 LLM from Michigan University.
Four new assistant professors have also already officially joined NLSIU (virtually), the first three of whom are teaching law:
- Preeti Pratishruti Dash (NLU Odisha 2014 LLB holder and 2019 Harvard Law School LLM),
- Prerna Dhoop (2013 KIIT BBA LLB and a bachelor in Business Administration, as well as an LLM from Duke University’s School of Law in comparative constitutional and international human rights law; she had taught at Nalsar Hyderabad as assistant professor from 2016 to 2019), and
- Sharada R Shinde, who holds an LLB from Karnatak University Dharwad, and is a 2011 NLSIU LLM alumni who has also been practising at the Karnataka high court and teaching at Karnataka State Law University as an assistant professor,
- Dr Anwesha Ghosh, who joined as assistant professor of history in March, and has a BA in History and an MA in comparative literature, both from Jadavpur University, as well as an MPhil at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences.
All four have been interviewed on the NLSIU website.
The latest raft of hires follow NLSIU under Krishnaswamy having hired nine new faculty members (eight of whom are alumni of NLSIU) in 2020, as we had first reported.
Arun K. ThiruvengadamWork history From: Oct 2017: Professor Of Law, School of Policy and Governance, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru India Jul 2015 – Sep 2017: Associate Professor, School ofPolicy and Governance, Azim Premji University Jan 2007 – Jun 2015: Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law (Singapore )Education 1999 – 2001: National Law School of India University, LL.M , Law 2001 – 2002: New York University School of Law, LL.M, Law 2002 – 2007: New York University School of Law, JSD (Doctorate in Law), Law Saurabh BhattacharjeeWork history From: 2009: Assistant Professor, National University of Juridical Sciences Jul 2009 – Nov 2009: Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, National Law University, Jodhpur Jun 2005 – Jan 2008: Programme Coordinator, The Other MediaEducation 2000 – 2005: National Academy of Legal Studies & Research (NALSAR) University Hyderabad, , 2008 – 2009: University of Michigan Law School, LLM, Law
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