An NLUJA Blogger Takes On all the Pro-College Commenters of the 8 Reasons Post

NOTE: This is a reader’s blog, published on an ‘as is’ basis and may not reflect the view-point of Lawctopus.

Discussions on NLUJA have always been acrimonious! From various agitations which the outside world never came to know to the post entitled National Law University, Assam NLUJAA: 8 Reasons Why You Should NOT Go There, NLUJAA was bound to be shamed one day because of the attitude of the administration and more so because of the attitude of the students.

Let me try to analyse the recent spate of heated debate on NLUJA. But before the analysis I must accept one thing –  Sukanya Gogoi is right to say that instead of anonymously defaming his/her own college, the person must have stood up for whatever injustice he feels he has faced. All of us would have definitely backed him up! (sarcasm)

Ranging from Subhro Sengupta of the HNLU to most of the students of NLUJA, all have started defending the university. Few will venture to go against the University openly because of the fear of victimization.

Sengupta’s opinion places reliance on his visit to NLUJA and the amazing hospitality he received at the hands of the Moot Court Committee. But he misses out one point, that they were the students of NLUJA (the Moot Committee) who were responsible for his memorable stay. Even then these people had to listen to tons from the administration.

Sengupta, being economical with the truth, writes “I don’t understand why the students are ready to place the blame, yet not ready to take action against it or even create a culture. No one will create a culture – everyone would love to criticize.”

I would pray to Sengupta to please enquire once before trying to malign the students who have almost faced suspensions each time they raised their voice!

Then writes Sukanya Gogoi, “The only real fact is that there are people who will always complain, no matter what!” The statement reflects her pro-administration stand! She goes on to cast aspersions on the character of the person who has written the post.

Gogoi, panicking, then tries to bulldoze the person’s character by pointing out that “someone who has not learnt to respect the very basis of his/her knowledge.”

Next she launches an offensive. She reduces the entire discussion to a personal level by questioning the competence of the person who has made an attempt to judge the teachers (who have more degrees than the person who has authored the post). I am sure that on a couple of occasions even Gogoi has marked (on a scale of 10) interviewees who had come to take demo classes for us.

Writes Gogoi, “If they do deserve higher standards of teaching, why are they not studying in Oxford and Harvard and complaining about the things running here.” Let us examine how badly the statement is premised:

(1) Had I been able to afford the fees, I surely would have secured a place at Harvard or Oxford.

(2) Education is a service! I have already paid my fees based on the promise the University made. Rendering a service, and being an expert in Consumer Law (as the entire university proudly is) the services they render is a deficient service within the meaning of the Consumer Protection Act.

(3) In case one decides to withdraw his/her admission at the end of one year, how much money would be refunded by the university? (30,000 rupees security deposit only). How much money would be down the drains? Approximately six (6) times or in some cases seven (7) times the security deposit.

(4) Money is not as big an issue! I am willing to forget the money and take admissions afresh at Harvard if either the university or Gogoi is capable of returning to me my precious time wasted in this university.

(5) What about people who have taken loans? Will they be able to return the same? Gogoi is a rich girl and she hardly can understand what problems do lower income group families face.

These are just five of the numerous arguments against Gogoi’s one sentence.

Next important scholar whose views can’t be overlooked – Sucheta Ray! Ray is a journalist. She writes, “But, one of the main reasons is that most of these ‘courageous’ people chicken out the moment it is necessary for them to speak directly to the authorities”.  We’d like to ask her, has she never chickened out in her dealings with the administration?

And the rebellious Mita Rajmohan has suddenly changes sides! The editor definitely has not achieved any lifetime achievement after doing this! But he definitely has done some good to all of you.  He is “not here to improve the quality of the 900 law colleges”, but he definitely is here to contribute his bit!

He has definitely made an impact in NLUJA. The Registrar is at least now beginning to speak to a few students (other than his favourite chamber visitors).

Finally, the always outrageous and outspoken Aditya Singh and Falakyar Askari have suddenly kept mum. The silence speaks a lot! I fear that they have joined hands with the administration.

(I did not consider the statements of other students of NLUJA because I did not find them worth considering. Sorry for the same.)

NOTE: This is a reader’s blog, published on an ‘as is’ basis and may not reflect the view-point of Lawctopus. 

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  1. God you people throwing mud at each other makes me laugh. Thank you so much for such good amusement. You are a law student and a lawyer not some powerless ,half -witted , weak willed and dumb minded husk of a skeleton without any grey matter inside your skull. We are supposed to be sneaky , knowledgable, resourceful, cunning, convincing and all others. Are you going to go to the judge and complain about unfairness like this. He will have a fun time kicking you out of the court if you behave like a whiny person. You are future lawyers, good lord how are you going to win a case if you cant even make the administration see your point and convince them that you are right and they so see things the students’ way. Instead of charging like a bull , think like a lawyer. Give them no oppurtunity to cut your logic, convince them with debate or arguments and have patience. Nothing happens when we hurry. One baby step at a time and make a plan with juniors and seniors that spans out years and that results with the administration coming into your way of thinking.

  2. LOL, arguing like small little children. Seriously. When will you guys ever lern?

    Lern2argument.

    a law student is a fish in a pond, it is for himself to protect against the sharks and to search for food. No one can no one will make you what you want to be. Your destiny is in your own hands.

    kids these days.

  3. AnotherHNLUGrad says:

    Let me profess that I have been quietly watching this debate for or against NLUJAA with some interest. But this post compels me to speak merely because it is such an anguished cry for help! We have all been there at some point, believe me when I say that. Here is what I as a part of the only law school which ever had a strike, have got to say-

    1. Problems are problems, and they need to be treated as such. Which means, dear blogger, that your recent posts may or may not have solved your problems but surely they have created many new ones for you. Taking names is a very despicable way of settling scores. Public dissent is a VERY useless form of protest. Surely, watching Kejriwal must have taught you that as a law student? You need to DO something about it. What you have to do is you have to appeal to authorities in your state government to take appropriate action to improve the situation (that is if you have the nerve to go through all that trouble and nothing else works). It will help a lot more than all your collective rants about how bad the situation is.

    2. When you fight amongst yourself, it is always the administration which gains. It is not for nothing that some students become the favourites and claw you from within. Try and reach out to everyone, because nothing is possible without consensus.

    3. Finally, no place is good, great or perfect. The onus will always be on you to make it so.

    • administrator says:

      1.

      You need to DO something about it. What you have to do is you have to appeal to authorities in your state government to take appropriate action to improve the situation (that is if you have the nerve to go through all that trouble and nothing else works)

      And risk rustication?

      2. And I strongly believe that public dissent is a very useful form of protest. When ‘internal talks’ fail, repeatedly, miserably, it’s the only way to protest, no?

      3. And of course, the onus is on a student to do well.

      But if the college ‘actively works against’ the student, the poor fellow is helpless.

      In an ideal situation a college will be a catalyst for growth; but in not-so-ideal cases, the least we expect the college is to stay out of the way of a student.

  4. Anonymous Andy says:

    Just for information, word on the street is that [] very corrupt… She/he/it has been tampering with the university grants because of which there is so much of delay with the infrastructure. If you really want to do something, let the [] leave… And this news is reliable for it came in through a channel of bureaucrats who were showing their displeasure on the delay of the project! (I am from Assam) So, start taking action against the administration…

  5. NLUJAA SHAYAR says:

    now the dedication of the faculty towards student can be easily seen by this act.
    tomorrow we have the exam of CPC and the faculty was setting the paper on this evening only !
    Faculty rocks !

  6. NLUJAA SHAYAR says:

    Dear Tanuj Kalia this one is for you !

    ” Har ek shaks zamaane mein inqalaabi hai
    ki inqalaab nahi Fikr-e-inqalaab to hai” !

  7. Anonymous says:

    I hate to point it out to you, dear Mr. Blogger! But Gawd…!! You’ve really messed it up big-time, havn’t you? Where are your supporters?? You’ve been left all alone. Don’t you think there have been supporters for your cause had it been a correct one? These are nothing but the ramblings of an errant child who wants more than he deserves. This is all personal animosity and defensiveness against people you cannot take on in real life and therefore you have to succumb to targeting them anonymously in public sites. I pity you.

  8. Law Girl says:

    Getting personal are we? Honestly, I supported whatever was said in the blog post, however just not the amateur approach that was taken towards it. But this, THIS is a proof of your own insecurity and defensiveness coming to the fore. It’s no longer about NLUJAA is it? You’ve made this completely about you.
    We’re all here making it work one way or the other, finding the joys in little things. Can’t you? Yes, its frustrating, yes its disappointing at times, but that’s this thing called ‘LIFE’.
    If you aren’t already aware (since from your post it seems like you’re an “All-Know-er”), there ARE people who are doing things to forward their career amidst this place that you think is a ‘pit of hell’.
    Hey man or woman, it’s good to have opinions! But you cannot force them down other’s throats. Especially when so many people are tied to the same thing.
    Pertaining to Aditya and Askari, silence does not reflect assent on their part. It is only reflective of their maturity.

  9. Yours truly says:

    My dear Blogger,
    Your anger at the University, its faculty, admin, fellow students, etc. is justified. However, have you considered the fact that the issues faced by you are mere teething troubles? Every NLU which has newly come up faces all these issues in addition to a lot of condescension from the already established (sic) NLUs. Be patient and carry on with your revolutionary zeal. I am sure things will improve with time.
    Yours truly ,
    From another NLU

    • administrator says:

      1. Colleges like NLSIU/NALSAR/NLIU/NUJS faced a large amount ‘teething’ troubles because they were an experiment in ‘new’ legal education.

      2. Newer colleges like NLUJA face far less ‘teething’ problems because they can easily rely on these previous models. Of course, every college will have its own problems.

      3. Like I’ve mentioned many times before having a basic thing like ‘student representation’ in decision making can be done from DAY ONE and the lack of it cannot be blamed on ‘teething’ problems!

  10. Some people are not know how to victimise themself.

  11. Chiranjeev says:

    Firstly having an objective view of a situation without considering it’s intricacies is easy and at the same time, such opinion lacks content. Reading a post and drawing conclusion thinking that it gives you adequate information of the existing scenario is naive.

    Secondly, no of us have succumbed to the pressure of the authorities but changes and improvements will take place over a course of time. The teachers are under contracts. I do not disagree to the fact that the quality of teaching is inadequate but there are other aspects which have to be taken into account along with it.

    Thirdly, the administrators of lawctupus must realise that they are taking a stand on an issue they do not understand, do not have the knowledge about and are not a part of; is essentially disturbing and at the same time unprofessional considering lawctopus to be a national platform.

    Fourthly,
    NOTE: This is a reader’s blog, published on an ‘as is’ basis and may not reflect the view-point of Lawctopus.

    NOTE: (I did not consider the statements of other students of NLUJA because I did not find them worth considering. Sorry for the same.)

    Your hypocrisy is evident in these two statements. I’m not here accusing you of defamation but what you must realise is that since your in a position of privilege you owe a care of duty along with it.

    Fifth, what the previous post would do is that deter potential students who could’ve joined and eventually helped our cause from joining the institution because of these frivolous claims.

    You state that you take a neutral stand but it’s evident that you are against the one’s who you claim to be “pro-administration” (though nothing as such exists) and hellbent on starting a rebellion. What you call freedom of expression and speech and so on and so forth; eventually trickles down to the fact that your website has caused a ruckus and tainted the name of the institution.

    One piece of advice, before uploading certain blogs, do check the validity of such claims and accusations.

    your’s sincerely,
    (non pro-administration) student of NLUJAA

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