“Prof. NR Madhava Menon” Legendary Figure in “Indian Modern Legal Education” has passed away.

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“Prof. NR Madhava Menon” Legendary Figure in “Indian Legal Education” has passed away.

“Prof. NR Madhava Menon” Legendary Figure in “Indian Modern Legal Education” has passed away last Night. He was 84.

Prof. Menon known for changing the face of Indian Modern legal education by established National Law Schools in India. The credit goes to Prof Menon for conceptualization of five year integrated LLB course in India.
Prof. Menon was the founder Vice Chancellor of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, the National Judicial Academy, Bhopal and the founder Vice Chancellor of the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS).

Born in 1935, Dr. N.R. Madhava Menon had his B.Sc. and B.L. degrees from Kerala University, LL.M. and Ph.D.  from Aligarh Muslim University and M.A. Degree from Punjab University. He got enrolled as an Advocate in Kerala High Court in 1956 at the early age of 20.

Dr. Menon joined the faculty of Aligarh Muslim University in 1960; moved to Delhi University in 1965, became Professor and Head of the Campus Law Centre. During this period he served on deputation as Principal of Government Law College, Pondicherry and Secretary of the Bar Council of India Trust.

In 1986, Dr. Menon moved to Bangalore at the invitation of Bar Council of India  to set up the National Law School of India University and to initiate a new model of legal education, the Five Year Integrated LL.B. programme. He served NLSIU as its Founding Vice-Chancellor for 12 years. He was invited by the  West Bengal Government to establish a similar law school in Kolkata. From 1998 to 2003, he served as the Founder Vice-Chancellor of the National University of Juridical Sciences. The Supreme Court sought his services to set up the National Judicial Academy at Bhopal, and was the Founder Director of NJA till 2006.

On retirement in 2006, the Government of India appointed him as Member of the Commission on Centre-State Relations (2006-2010).  He was also Chairman of the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata and of the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum. He chaired the Government of India Committee to draft a National Policy on Criminal Justice and the Committee on Equal Opportunity Commission.  He was Member of the Committee on Criminal Justice Reform and the Committee on Restructuring of Higher Education in India.  He served two terms as Member of the Law Commission of India..

His valuable contributions strengthened the legal education in India.




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