New Delhi: Prof N.R. Madhava Menon, an educationist, scholar and the pioneering spirit behind modern legal education in India, passed away early on Wednesday. He was 84 years old.
Menon was the founder director of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) Bangalore and headed it for 12 years. After that, he established West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) in 1998 and later presided as the founder director of Judicial Academy (NJS), Bhopal, till 2006.
Menon was honoured by the Padma Shri, fourth highest Indian civilian award, in 2003 for his outstanding contribution to public services. He had conceptualized the five-year integrated LLB programme. Dr. Menon authored several books on Indian legal education, legal profession and judicial training.
Menon was born on May 4, 1935, and obtained his B.Sc. in Zoology and Bachelor of Law degrees from Kerala University in 1955. He completed his LL.M. and Ph.D. from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and MA from Punjab University. He started his practice as an Advocate in Kerala High Court in 1956. He then moved to academics and joined the AMU as faculty in 1960 before working as Professor at the Campus Law Centre.
Menon’s journey of life has been published in the autobiographical narrative “Turning Point".