Thiruvananthapuram, May 8 (PTI) Father of modern legal
education in India, N R Madhava Menon, passed away at a
hospital here, family sources said Wednesday.
He was 84.
"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 funeral would take place at 2.30 PM on Wednesday at Shanthi Kavadam, state owned crematorium, here.
He is survived by wife and a son.
President of India Ram Nath Kovind condoled his death.
"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.
"My condolences to his family and countless students,"
the official Twitter account of the President read.
Kerala Governor P Sathasivam said he was "deeply
saddened" by the demise of Menon, whose insightful ideas
modernised legal education in India.
"As an authority in legal and constitutional matters, he
used his limitless erudition to build world class institutions
and to enlighten generations of students," he tweeted.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in his condolence
message said Menon gave a new direction to the legal education sector in the country.
"The National Law School in Banglore was established due
to efforts taken by Menon. Later, the then Chief Minister of West Bengal Jyothi Basu invited him to start a similar institution in Kolkata," Vijayan said in a release, adding his achievements would make any Keralite proud.
Menon started his legal career with the Kerala High
Court at the age of 21 after graduating from Government Law College.
He later shifted his base to Delhi and joined the faculty
of Aligarh Muslim University in 1960.
Menon moved to Delhi University in 1965 and headed the prestigious Campus Law Centre.
He established the National Law Institute of India University (NSLIU) in Bengaluru in 1986 and was the Vice
Chancellor of the university for 12 years.
Menon was also the founding director of National Judicial
Academy in Bhopal.
The nation honoured him with the Padma Sri in 2003 for his contributions to the legal field. PTI RRT ROH DV