Aligarh: Aligarh Muslim University community in its true spirit and ardor celebrated the posthumous Padma Bhushan award to late legal luminary, former AMU faculty member, and father of modern legal education in India, Prof NR Madhava Menon.
His dowager, Rema Devi accepted the honor from the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind recently.
“It is a proud moment for the AMU community that our former faculty member and alumnus has been accorded the Padma Bhushan, one of the highest civilian honors in India. Prof Menon was not only a professor of repute at AMU, who gave an impetus to legal scholarship; but also a pioneer in the Indian legal education system. His outstanding contributions include the conceptualization of the five-year integrated LLB programme”, said AMU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Tariq Mansoor.
The Vice-Chancellor added: “As an institution builder, educationist and scholar, Prof Menon became the founder-director of National Law School of India University and the National Judicial Academy, Bhopal. He was the founder-VC of WB National University of Juridical Sciences and also had a brief stint as chairman of Indian Statistical Institute”.
Prof Menon completed LLM and Ph.D. from AMU and joined as a faculty member in 1960. He also taught at Delhi University. He authored over a dozen books on legal education, the legal profession, legal aid, judicial training, and administration of justice and was awarded the Padma Shri in 2003.
Prof Menon passed away on May 8, 2019.