The Government Law College (GLC) is finally getting a full-time principal after almost two years.
RB Malik, who is currently the president of the Industrial Court, will take over as principal of the one of the oldest law colleges in the country. Malik is a former district sessions and civil court judge.
The official order for his appointment will be sent out on Thursday. Sources said that Malik was picked by the chief justice of the Bombay high court, justice Mohit Shah.
“While the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) will award permanent appointment, we have written to them requesting to make his appointment as an exceptional case,” said a state government official.
The state is also planning to set up a board of governors to look into the functioning of the college.
The MPSC appoints all administrative officials in the state. The Hindustan Times was the first to report that the state was planning to ask the MPSC to appoint the principal of the college as a special case. The norms for the principal’s post, too, have been relaxed. The norms required the candidate to have 15 years teaching experience, a PhD in law, published research work, fluency in Marathi and a maximum age of 45 years. Now, the age limit has been made 54 years.
The college has produced some of the finest law professionals in the country, but over the past decade it has steadily declined. Currently, Manjusha Molwane, the joint director of education, heads the college as an additional charge.
Students and faculty are thrilled. “We have heard that he (Malik) is very good and balanced. Finally, we get someone who has a strong law background. This college has suffered a lot and hopefully we will now resurrect its reputation,” said a faculty member.