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FOUR DOYENS OF INDIAN LEGAL EDUCATION TO JOIN JINDAL GLOBAL LAW SCHOOL

3 FORMER VICE CHANCELLORS TO TEACH AT JINDAL


Four legendary law professors of India have been appointed as faculty members of Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global University.

The four doyens of Indian legal education who will be joining Jindal Global Law School as faculty members are: Professor (Dr.) Upendra Baxi, Professor (Dr.) Mahendra Pal Singh, Professor (Dr.) B.S. Chimni and Professor B.B. Pande. They would be joining JGU from the spring semester, 2020 and will be teaching courses starting February 2020.

Their designations at JGU are as follows:

Professor (Dr.) Upendra Baxi
Research Professor of Law
Distinguished Scholar in Public Law & Jurisprudence
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Professor (Dr.) Mahendra Pal Singh
Research Professor of Law
Distinguished Scholar in Public Law & Comparative Law, Director, Centre for Comparative Law & Chairman, Law School Doctoral Committee
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Professor B.B. Pande
Research Professor of Law
Distinguished Scholar in Criminal Law & Criminal Justice
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Professor (Dr.) B.S. Chimni
Distinguished Professor of International Law
Member, Law School Doctoral Committee
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Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University and Dean of Jindal Global Law School observed, “It is a great honor for JGU and JGLS that on the 10th anniversary of our founding, these four inspiring teachers and prolific researchers who represent the best of Indian legal education have accepted to be faculty members at Jindal. They are outstanding professors of law and have mentored generations of lawyers, law professors, judges and many other individuals who have shaped the law and justice systems in India and around the world for nearly half a century. It is a proud moment for JGU that they have decided to spend the important years of their life and their future dedicating to the cause of higher education and legal education mentoring the students and faculty of JGU.”

Professor Upendra Baxi, former Vice Chancellor, University of Delhi & Professor Emeritus, University of Warwick observed: “It seems like yesterday that we launched the Jindal Global Law School. But it was ten years ago when I said that a new era in legal education in India was beginning and it will be known as Naveen–Raj epoch. That prophecy is happily proved correct. Since that event, eight other faculties have been created, many centres of high quality research have been established, many laurels won by colleagues and the class, and a different glass ceiling has been broken by JGU being recognized as an ‘institution of eminence’ and achieved many a breakthroughs in the world education ranking systems. For the rapid expansion to a full-blooded university, its incredible faculty and students, its Indian and overseas placements, and global ranking, the one person primarily responsible is Professor C. Raj Kumar. Far from just being an island of excellence, he has given a new meaning, in such a short time, to educational process and change in India. It is difficult to believe that such a miracle has happened, but it has. No amount of the stress and strain of routinization can now interrupt this incredible and worldwide charisma that JGU has acquired as its symbolic capital. For a decade now, I have been a proud witness of this miracle and among those who helped along its academic growth.”

Professor M.P. Singh, former Vice Chancellor, National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata & former Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi at his decision to join JGU as a full time faculty member said, “The essence and processes of law and legal systems around the globe are immensely interesting and challenging requiring lifetime commitment even to grasp a tiny element of it. Having engaged in this exercise in different institutions in the East and the West let it have its final destination at O.P. Jindal Global University and Jindal Global Law School, founded and led by one of our most illustrious former student Professor Dr. Raj Kumar. I am indeed looking forward to working with many outstanding faculty members from India and around the world who have made Jindal their home. I am looking forward to be part of JGU in the next few months. Hope it will be my final and best destination in my long journey in academics.”  

Professor B.B. Pande, former Professor-in-Charge, Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi observed, “Law is a complex as well as a dynamic phenomenon. Its complexity lies primarily in the multiple factors that go into its making, interpretation and enforcement, all of which are influenced by the ideology, thinking and attitudes of those responsible for the law in action. The dynamic element of the law in a product of everyday construction and de-construction of the law in the court-rooms and in the class-rooms, as well as police stations and prisons. The dynamism of law in-turn influenced by the perceptions of the one who is exposed to the law- the teacher or the learner. As a teacher of Criminal Laws my perceptions about the law have undergone significant changes over the period of the six decades. I deem it a privilege that I will have the opportunity of pursue some of these enquiries in my forthcoming assignment with the Jindal Global University early next year.

It has been possible because of the dynamic Vice Chancellor Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar’s vision to expose the young and inquisitive students of Jindal Global Law School to the generational understanding and changing perceptive of the ‘power’ of the law, coming straight from the experiences of the one who has faced the change himself. Hope this inter-face provides new insights to the understanding of the theory and action relating to the rule of the law in the coming new India.”

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