National Law School of India University (NLSIU, Bangalore Vice-Chancellor Prof Sudhir Krishnaswamy has been awarded the Infosys Prize in Humanities for 2022.
An Infosys statement said the award was given to Prof Krishnaswamy for his ‘insightful understanding of the Indian Constitution, especially his carefully argued account of the importance of the landmark ‘basic structure doctrine’ adopted by the Supreme Court in 1973’.
The statement further said the account of NLSUI VC ‘guided and constrained’ various efforts to amend it, while also ensuring its ‘stability in the face of executive and legislative outcomes’ in the political life of the country.
Prof Krishnaswamy is the third legal academic to win the honour after the late Prof Shamnad Basheer in 2014 and Lawrence Liang in 2017.
The Infosys Prize celebrates the achievements of the recipients and awards them for their contributions to science and research impacting India. The award is given in the categories of Engineering and Computer Science, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences.
The award for each category comprises a gold medal, a citation and prize purse of USD 100,000. This year’s event was held at the Infosys Science Foundation’s new office in Bengaluru, the statement added.
Prof Krishnaswamy, also an alumni of NLSIU, passed out from the prestigious institute in 1998 after completing his BA L.L.B.
He has been a Teaching Fellow in Law at the Pembroke College at Oxford University, an Assistant Professor at NLSIU, a Professor at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, and a faculty member at the Azim Premji University in Bangalore.
Prof Krishnaswamy was appointed NLSIU Vice-Chancellor in 2019. He is also the co-founder of Centre for Law & Policy Research (CLPR), a Bangalore-based research organisation.