- Published on 20 February 2014
Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
Former IIM Ahmedabad director Bakul Dholakia has suggested number of measures including restructuring of General Council and Executive Council of GNLU to make Gujarat National Law University, number one national Law University in the country.
Financial autonomy to the director of the University is another major recommendation of Dholakia in his report which was a dissenting note with other members of the Review Commission. Most of the recommendations of Prof Dholakia were accepted by the GNLU General Council and Executive Council.
The reason for the restricting of the two main councils is that presently not more than one third of members attend these meetings. The general Council has 33 members which include Chief Justice of India. There are members who have not attended even a single meeting of the council in last five years, according to the report of Dholakia.
While suggesting restricting the Councils, Dholakia is of the view that there should be lesser number of members , but they should be such who involve in the activities of the GNLU, one of the 14 National Law Universities in the country.
To a question, Dholakia said that those who did not attend even a single meeting of the council included Chief Justice of India, Solicitor General of India, UGC chairman and President of Bar Council of India. VC of the GNLU Bimal Patel said that high profile of the members was one of the reasons for poor turnout.
For restructuring of the Councils, GNLU Act needs to be amended.
One of the major recommendations is that GNLU should launch a umique master’s programme that integrates law and management based on the pattern followed by leading universities in North America. GNLU can consider collaboration with IIM Ahmedabad or IIM Banglore.
Suggesting that GNLU should have medium term vision of five years to become number one National Law University in the country, Dholakia has recommended forming a think tank of five to seven members to work out a detailed strategy that can be implemented over next five years starting from 2014.
To achieve excellence in next three years, it has been suggested that GNLU should raise its corpus of Rs 50crore and Gujarat government should give a grant of Rs five crore for next five years for activities related to this purpose only, he said.
Over the years, the income of the GNLU has increased, but it needs extra funds to take up medium term activities with an objective to become number one in the country.
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