Akanksha Sharma

In 2021, NLSIU introduced its first Alumni Officer Akanksha Sharma to handle alumni relations. As an alumni officer, she helps in systematising the University’s continuous engagement with alumni, deepening the relationship with our alumni, broadening access to include alumni from all our programmes, and managing NLSIU’s alumni platform (alumniconnect.nls.ac.in) among other activities.

Akanksha graduated from the BA LLB programme at NLSIU in 2013. While at NLS, she was awarded the Nani A. Palkhivala Memorial Trust Scholarship for Constitutional Law, and the Temasek Foundation Leadership Enrichment and Regional Networking (LEaRN) Scholarship at the Singapore Management University. She was the Chief Editor of the Indian Journal of Law and Technology (IJLT) in 2011-12, and was also on the editorial board for the National Law School of India Review.

Akanksha previously worked as a principal associate at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas where she worked with the public mergers and acquisitions team. Her work included advising clients across industry sectors on corporate restructurings, stressed asset acquisitions, domestic and cross-border investments, and corporate governance.

Anjali Varma

Anjali Varma joined NLSIU in November 2021 to establish the People & Culture function at NLSIU. Anjali plans to drive a high level of employee engagement, through identifying, establishing and managing appropriate people policies and processes across a variety of functions at the University.

An alumnus of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Anjali is an HR Professional with over 16 years of experience in building and leading HR functions for enterprises.

She  graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Carmel College following which she completed her post-graduation in ‘Social Work, Family and Child Welfare’ at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She has worked in different aspects of Human Resources spanning talent management, talent development, policies and processes. Since 2019, she has been in the HR consulting space, partnering with small and medium enterprises as well as firms and public institutions on various HR matters. She also works in the area of Prevention of Sexual Harassment at the workplace.

She is passionate about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and writes in a variety of publications on topics that explore the intersection of gender, diversity and work life. Links to her publications are available here.

Geetha Y C

Geetha is a programme administrator with the AAD who primarily coordinates for academic administrative activities related to the 5-year integrated BA LLB (Hons) programme.

Geetha holds an LLB Degree from Karnataka State Law University, Hubli and later pursued her LLM from Kuvempu University via distance mode. She also holds diplomas in Information Technology and Computer Application.

She started her career as an instructor in the Sathya Commerce Institution and Sathya Computer Institution in Tumkur. Following this, she managed a team of 5 data entry operators as Team Leader at a private company in Bengaluru. Prior to joining NLSIU, she was Secretary to the Deputy Secretary (Finance) at PWD Department under the Karnataka State Improvement Project in 2005. She has also worked as Technical Staff in the offices of the Joint Commissioner (Works) and Engineer-in-Chief, at the BBMP.

She joined NLSIU in 2007 where she has worked with the Distance Education Department (now PACE) and the Examination Department (now Academic Administration Department).

Additionally, she is a nodal person from the University for the National Academics Depository which houses digitised academic records. The NAD is an initiative of the Ministry of Education, GoI, which serves as an online store house of all academic awards (certificates, diplomas, degrees, mark-sheets etc. duly digitised and lodged by academic institutions / boards / eligibility assessment bodies).

Madhu K S

Madhu K S has been working with NLSIU since 2001. He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Mysore in 2000 and completed his M.Phil in Library and Information Science from Alagappa University in 2011. He has over 20 years of work experience in Library and Information Science Practice and Research.

Prior to working at NLSIU, he was a Resource Person for the Library Automation Project at Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), Mysore, and a Library Trainee at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore. He also cleared his Karnataka State Eligibility Test in 2015.

At the NLSIU library, he is in charge of acquisition, cataloguing, and maintenance of theses & dissertations, and also handles assistive technology for the visually impaired. Other responsibilities include online and offline referral services, updating reading materials on LMS, maintaining question papers/answer keys, library orientation for new users, and management of information resources.

With a few published papers to his credit, his interest areas in research are: Use of social media in libraries, digital library and user’s study.

Some of his publications are available at Google Scholar.

Dr. Mahesh Yarnal

Mahesh Yaranal has been working with NLSIU since 1997 and is presently serving as Librarian In Charge. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Karnatak University in 1996 and completed his PhD in Library Sciences from Bangalore University in 2018.

His responsibilities include the overall administration of the library, and handling of journals and databases. He has also been the coordinator for library workshops and orientation programmes.

He is presently working toward the Library’s Strategic Plan 2021 to conceive more academic programmes in information sciences. His major contribution at NLSIU includes Digital Access to NLSIU Scholarship (DANS), an institutional repository developed using DSPACE. He was the core member of the library ICT implementation programmes such as (i) NLS_LIS (an in-house developed library management system) in the year 2000, and (ii) Koha open access catalog since 2018 which serves not only as a library catalogue but also as a discovery platform.

His doctoral thesis revolves around the digitization of rare and classic resources and his research contributions include articles in national and international journals, editing of volumes/book chapters, etc. He was awarded the UGC Junior Research Fellowship in 2012.

Some of his publications are available at Google Scholar.

Nandita Ramanathan

Nandita joined NLSIU in June 2021. She drives the University’s fundraising efforts by raising financial support from high networth individuals, corporates, alumni, foundations and the Government. Nandita has an MBA from INSEAD and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK. She has previously raised funds for Ashoka University and worked as a management consultant in the UAE, India and Germany.

Nishtha Vadehra

Nishtha is an editor of academic and popular nonfiction writing, with a keen interest in bridging the two. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi, and a Master’s Degree in English literature from Delhi University. She has worked in book and journal publishing, as well as independently with scholars, artists and filmmakers.

Trained as an editor at Yoda Press, Delhi, she went on to work with the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), Bengaluru, where she helped drive publishing strategy across digital and print platforms, and co-curated a city-writings festival. She has over a decade’s experience in working with researchers and practitioners to convey insights from their work through diverse forms of writing. She has served as writing faculty at IIHS’ Urban Fellowship Programme, and conducted several writing workshops for researchers, academics and development sector professionals.

Ramesh Kumar M

Ramesh Kumar M graduated with a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Bangalore University in 1990 and has been working with NLSIU since 1998.

Prior to working at NLSIU, he worked with the British Council Library and the Krishnadevaraya College Of Dental Sciences & Hospital (KCDS) Medical College Library.

In the library, he is in charge of acquisition section, textbook section, processing of bills, payment of books, newspaper clippings and classification of books. His other responsibilities include providing information regarding books and E-resources, and assigning headings for new books in NLSIU databases.

Besides working as the assistant librarian, he is also a member of the Anti-Ragging Committee of NLSIU.

Rohini T

Rohini T earned her Master’s degree in Library Science from Gulbarga University in 2006 and joined NLSIU, Bengaluru later that year. She joined as a Documentation Assistant at the Centre for Child and the Law and later worked with the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy. She has been working with the NLSIU library since 2012.

She is in charge of the Documentation Section and Circulation Section, handles issue/return and renewal of books to NLSIU communities in Koha and NLS LIS, maintains library patrons in the Koha Library Management Software.

Her other responsibilities include working on Dspace, magazine entries, marking and scanning newspaper clippings, updating faculty publications, cataloguing materials in the Repository, and sale of NLSIU publications (preparing invoice, publication display etc.).

She is currently pursuing her PhD in Information Needs and Gathering Habits of Lawyers in the Digital Environment: A study of Lawyers of Karnataka High Court, Library Science, Karnataka State Akkamahadevi Women’s University, Vijayapura.

Rohini T & P.G. Tadasad (2020) | Use of information sources by lawyers in the High Court of Karnataka, Bangalore. Kelpro Bulletin, Vol.24(2).
Rohini T & P.G. Tadasad (2019) | Use of library by lawyers in Bangalore city: Is gender a barrier?, Research Review International Journal of Multidisciplinary, Vol.4(5).

Savithri Bhat

Savithri joined the University in 1995 as a stenographer. Hailing from a remote area near Sirsi where access to education was very limited, she moved to Bengaluru for the purpose of higher studies. She completed her graduation with a B.A in History, Economics and Political Science from Bangalore University in 1993. Her skills include training in Typing and Shorthand.

Prior to joining NLSIU, she worked at the Institute of Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru for a brief period. Over her nearly three decade journey at the University, she has primarily worked in the Registrar’s office and has also managed the Vice Chancellor’s for 10 years.