Prof. Bhavani Prasad Panda
Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai
Prof. Bhavani Prasad Panda is the first and current Vice-Chancellor of Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai. He did his schooling from the very reputed Mrs. AVN College of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and graduation from S K CG College, Paralakhemundi, Gajapati District, Odisha in Physics. He remained active in college politics during the emergency period of 1975-76. He graduated in LL.B. from Lingaraj Law College, Berhampur, Orissa in 1979. In the law college he made his presence felt by bagging prizes in national moot-court competitions. At the end of 3 year LL.B. studies, he bagged all the gold medals meant for LL.B. Thereafter he went on to pursue higher studies in different disciplines of law. He completed M.L. from Andhra University College of Law and also studied M.A. in Politics at Andhra University. In the year 1987, he obtained the LL.M. degree from Andhra University and soon joined as the Principal of the NBM Law College. Prof. Panda has held 16 other educational seats in various law institutes of India. He was also a Professor at WBNUJS; Principal of Lingaraj Law College; Dean, Faculty of Legal Studies (BU); Chairman, Board of Studies Law, BU, among others. He has numerous publications and has been an active member of different academic, executive and financial councils of various institutions till date. He enrolled for Ph.D. working for "Adolescent Offenders" in 1990 which he accomplished in the year 1994. Amongst his accomplishments in the legal journey, academia has been in the forefront.
In 2000, soon after the Bhuj Earthquake, Professor Madhava Menon assigned him with the work to make a case study of 'Super Cyclone', provided financial support for the project. Prof. Panda worked on various facets of devastation and legal support mechanism; conducted seminars and workshops and finally submitted a comprehensive report on 'Case Study of Super Cyclone' to NUJS Kolkata. In 2005, the Disaster Management Act was enacted. He has authored a number of research articles and books.