Renowned academician Dr N R Madhava 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 PTI.
The last rites of Menon were held at Shanti Kavadam, public crematorium here Wednesday with full state honours.
Neelakanta Ramakrishna Madhava Menon revolutionised the field of legal education by setting up among others, the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru, besides conceptualising the five year LLB course in place of the three year course.
Known as the Father of modern legal education in India, Menon, who was born in 1935, obtained his BSc and BL degrees from Kerala University after which he enrolled as an Advocate in Kerala High Court in 1956 at the age of 21.
Author 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 Padma Shri in 2003.
He was also conferred the Living Legend of Law Award by the International Bar Association in 1994.
Condoling his death, President of India Ram Nath Kovind tweeted, "Sorry to hear of the passing of Prof N R Madhava Menon, educationist, scholar and a pioneering spirit behind modern legal education in India, beginning with National Law School of India University, Bangalore.
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