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Pioneer of Indian legal education Madhava Menon no more

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

Renowned academician Dr N R Menon, pioneer of Indian legal education, died at a private hospital here due to age-related ailments, family sources said Wednesday.

The Padmashri recipient was 84 and survived by wife and son.

"He was undergoing treatment for the past one week for age-related ailments at a private hospital here. He left us around 11.30 PM yesterday," a source close to the family told

The last rites of were held at Shanti Kavadam, public crematorium here Wednesday with full state honours.

Neelakanta Ramakrishna revolutionised the field of legal by setting up among others, the of University (NLSIU), Bengaluru, besides conceptualising the five year LLB course in place of the three year course.

Known as the Father of modern legal in India, Menon, who was born in 1935, obtained his and BL degrees from University after which he enrolled as an in High Court in 1956 at the age of 21.

After completing his MA from Punjab University, and LLM and PhD from (AMU), moved to academics and joined the AMU as a faculty in 1960.

Later he moved to in 1965 and headed the prestigious

In 1986, Menon shifted to Bengaluru at the invitation of of to set up NLSIU and served as its Founding for 12 years.

Later, the government headed by the late invited him to establish a in Kolkata.

This led to the establishment of National University of Juridical Sciences where he served as the from 1998 to 2003.

Menon was also the of National Judicial Academy,

He was a member of of India, the and the Committee on Restructuring of Higher in

of over a dozen books on legal education, legal profession, legal aid, judicial training and administration of justice, he won several awards, including the fourth highest Indian civilian award of in 2003.

He was also conferred the Living Legend of Law Award by the in 1994.

Condoling his death, of India tweeted, "Sorry to hear of the passing of Prof N R Menon, educationist, scholar and a pioneering spirit behind modern legal education in India, beginning with of India University,

"My condolences to his family and countless students," the official account of the read.

P Sathasivam and were among those who expressed grief at the passing away of Menon.

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First Published: Wed, May 08 2019. 16:55 IST