Autar Krishen Koul (66), the former vice-chancellor of National Law University, Jodhpur, will be the first vicechancellor of National University of Study & Research in Law, Ranchi.
Former Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court, who also doubled up as the first chancellor of the law varsity, Justice Gyan Sudha Misra, finalized Koul's appointment to the coveted post.
The foremost challenge for Koul will be to start academic activities at the law college from July this year. His academic qualifications are LL.B., LL.M. and Ph.D. in law.
A renowned face in legal studies fraternity, Koul had also served as the visiting professor at George Washington School of Law, The University of Michigan Law School, and Dean (Faculty of Law) at University of Delhi. His area of specialization is international trade law, international economic institutions, jurisprudence and constitutional law.
National Law University is expected to offer studies from July 2010 with an initial intake of total 150 students per year. Fifty per cent. of seats will be reserved for students hailing from Jharkhand.
It will offer a five-year integrated course in law for higher secondary (Plus-II) candidates and will admit students through a combined legal aptitude test-a common entry route for altogether 12 national-level law universities.
For the time being, classes will begin from a building erstwhile used by Small-scale Research and Development Organisation (SRDO) on BIT, Mesra, campus. Besides, initially there will be hostel facility for about 60 students.