In a momentous development, Professor (Dr) Usha Tandon has been appointed as the inaugural Vice Chancellor of Dr. Rajendra Prasad National Law University, Prayagraj. With an illustrious teaching career spanning over three decades, Professor Tandon is celebrated globally for her groundbreaking work in the realms of human development, with a particular focus on environmental protection and women’s empowerment.
The Path to a Premier Institution
Historic Approval: The journey began with the approval of the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet on July 29, 2020, signalling the establishment of the university.
Legal Foundation: The ‘Uttar Pradesh National Law University Prayagraj Act, 2020’ was passed by the Uttar Pradesh Legislature, providing the legal framework for the institution.
Presidential Inauguration: The foundation stone was ceremoniously laid by the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, on September 11, 2021, marking a significant milestone in its establishment.
Honouring a Legacy: On December 3, 2021, on the birth anniversary of India’s first President, Rajendra Prasad, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced that the university would be named in his honour.
A Campus of Promise
State of Art Campus: The university, located on a vast 33.58-acre expanse (initially 28.599 acres), is poised to become a prominent center for legal education.
Inaugural Offering: In its inaugural phase, the institution will offer a five-year BA-LLB course with an initial intake of 60 students.
Faculty Excellence: To support academic excellence, a total of 71 faculty positions have been created, including 11 posts each for professors and associate professors, 34 posts for assistant professors, and 15 other positions.
Uttar Pradesh’s Second National Law University
Uttar Pradesh already boasts one esteemed National Law University, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU), in Lucknow.
A Landmark Addition: With the establishment of Dr. Rajendra Prasad National Law University, Prayagraj, the state now proudly welcomes its second premier institution dedicated to legal education.
A Visionary Leader for a Bright Future
The appointment of Professor (Dr) Usha Tandon as the first Vice Chancellor of this esteemed institution reflects her unparalleled expertise and dedication to the field of law and academia.
Congratulations and Expectations
The academic community and the nation at large extend heartfelt congratulations to Professor Tandon on her new role.
Her vision and leadership are expected to further elevate the stature of Dr. Rajendra Prasad National Law University, Prayagraj, and contribute significantly to the development of legal scholarship and the empowerment of future legal professionals. This appointment is a significant milestone in the journey of legal education in Uttar Pradesh and the nation.