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A friend is lost

Padam Shri Dr. N. R. Madhava Menon left for the heavenly abode on 7th May, 2019, leaving behind a legacy that will inspire generations to come.

Dr. Menon was the Founder Director of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), a visionary with a sense of purpose, who dreams of transforming legal education in India to meet the emerging challenges.

Dr. Menon’s vision on skill development as a key component of legal education helped to introduce the case study method as well as projects and internships. He was also the force behind the setting up of the National Judicial Academy, Bhopal and plethora of leading law schools across India.

Dr. Menon always emphasised on the need to being transparency and inclusiveness in the legal profession in India.

The Universal Family feels privileged to have been associated with such a legend, a reformist, a visionary, whose guiding force helped is achieve excellence in providing service to the legal profession for more than 60 years now.

May his soul rest in peace

Prof. N.R. Madhava Menon

He wrote to Mr M G Arora Chairman Universal Group in 2002, and we quote:
Dear Mr. Arora,

Very few people are privileged to have spent five decades and more in the law book publishing and distribution industry in India and you have that distinction. From modest beginnings at a time in which law publishing was relatively unknown business, you have built up a thriving enterprise in the form of “Universal” which today has a reputation for quality and reliability. In the process you did serve the administration of justice, delivery of legal services and legal education in India and neighbouring countries by enabling legal community’s easy access to latest legal information. I hope you and the Universal family will respond to the challenges arising out of globalization and trans-national legal practice and continue to cater to the legal information needs of the profession in the coming years as well.

Having known you and Universal for so many years I am happy to note that your sons are involved in diversifying the business and looking at new ways of reporting and disseminating legal information. I do hope that the standards of customer-friendliness and quality maintenance which you have built up over the years will be carried on and strengthened by your children. Meanwhile I wish you long life and continued service in law reporting industry on the occasion of your completing 50 years with Universal’s mission.

Prof N R Madhava Menon

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