NUJS VC Prof.Bhat Resigns After SJA Ultimatum Over Falling Academic Standards
The Vice Chancellor of the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Prof. Ishwara Bhat, submitted his resignation to the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra yesterday. The students had launched a “passive” protest on social media and in classrooms where they stood during the entire length of the class demanding Professor Bhat’s resignation on grounds of his proven incapacity and moral culpability by 9.00 AM on 28 March 2018.
Following these protests and the ultimatum given by the Student Juridical Association (SJA), calling for Prof.Bhat’s resignation which expired at 9am yesterday morning, Prof Bhat tendered his resignation. Read more about SJA’s statement here.
In his letter to the Chancellor, Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, Prof. Bhat said, “It has been a great honour and privilege to serve this University which I have done with full sincerity, in accordance with law and to the best of my ability.”
He thanked the Chancellor for all his support and cooperation he extended to him in this regard. He cited health and family reasons for his resignation that he would not be able to serve the University in the capacity of Vice-Chancellor.
The resignation shall come into effect on April 7 after the meeting of the executive council wherein Prof Bhat would be placing the report of the University Review Commission.
In the live footage on the Facebook page “NUJS Speaks” of students community, students were seen chanting slogans in English and Hindi while sitting out at the campus gates flashing protest posters. They also trended #NotMyVC on social media.
Read the letter of resignation here: