P. Nagabhooshanam, First Vice-Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Law University, Dr Ambedkar, died on May 4.

She was being treated for COVID-19 at a private hospital in Vadapalani. She was 78 years old.

Dr Nagabhooshanam was the third daughter of lawyer Kolathur Panchatcharam.

She was a lecturer at Madras Law College (now Dr Ambedkar Law College) between 1977 and 1988 and was also a professor in the Department of Legal Studies at the University of Madras.

When Dr Ambedkar Law University of Tamil Nadu was incorporated in 1997, Dr Nagabhooshanam was appointed Vice-Chancellor. She wrote the Syndicate and the Statutes of the University.

She had an MA in Tamil and a BA in Constitutional Law and International Law. His doctoral thesis was on “Social Justice and Weak Sections – The Role of the Judiciary”. She had been a lecturer in Tamil at the PSGR Krishnammal College for Women in Coimbatore and a translator at the Tamil Nadu (Legislative) Language Commission in Chennai. She married Krishna Shetty, professor in the Department of Legal Studies at the University of Madras.

His tenure as VC has been fraught with several challenges. Several acrimonious meetings of academics, senates and unions made it difficult for the VC to introduce policies that could have benefited students, say academics cited in published report The Hindu.

His effort to hold the convocation before the end of his term was also thwarted.

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