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Supreme Court Expresses Serious Concern About The Use Of Excessive Contractual Staff

By - King Stubb & Kasiva on October 20, 2023

The Supreme Court has expressed serious concerns about the National Law University, Jodhpur, operating with predominantly contractual teachers. The Court emphasized that this situation is unacceptable and goes against University Grants Commission regulations, which allow only 10% of staff to be contractual. Although the NLU recently amended its rules to have a 50% permanent and 50% contractual staff ratio, this change has yet to be implemented.

The Court also noted that the NLU needs a Vice Chancellor and a permanent Registrar. Despite the university's claim of being self-financed without government aid, the Court stressed the need for excellence in such institutions. It urged the university to address the situation without court interference. As a result, the Court granted an adjournment, and the matter will be considered again on October 31, 2023. The case involves a Special Leave Petition filed by NLU-J against a Rajasthan High Court judgment that struck down some service regulations and expressed concerns about the excessive use of contractual staff.

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