N.R Madhava Menon, father of modern legal education, dies

Father of modern legal education in India, N.R Madhava Menon, passed away at a hospital in Thiruvananthapuram, family sources said on Wednesday.

He was 84.

Madhava Menon 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.

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.