BILS Centre for Applied Research in Law


B-CARL owes its existence to the BHS Higher Society which is a seven decade plus established temple of education in old South Bangalore, Karnataka, India. Under its sterling umbrella which shelters 17 educational institutions, BILS Centre for Applied Research in Law (B-CARL) is a Research Centre which nests in the law college’s (Bangalore Institute of Legal Studies) premises on the III Floor as an independent entity untouched by the University settings. Established in August, 2014, its objective resonates the BHS HES motto “Excellence in Education” where class room education has a strong support for research.

The vision of this Centre is to foster research to provide solutions or answers to the problems faced in the operation of legislations and legal institutions. As the first project, which is thematic to Gender-Specific Issues, we have chosen the issue relating to sexual harassment at work place and a review of the working of the new 2013 anti-sexual harassment Act [Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace ( Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal)   Act, 2013].

Our People

NBBhat1Sri. N.B. Bhat, IPS (Retd.)

Chairman of the Centre  

The Chairman of the Centre, Sri. N.B. Bhat, a former IPS Officer and Advocate will chair all our programs and Sessions. His rich experience in the Police Department in various senior positions including heading the COD, and as a practicing Advocate will help the Centre in many practical aspects of the research. Given that the Centre will concentrate only on the applied side of Research, Shri. N.B. Bhat as the Chairman will be in a position to guide the Centre with regard to Court procedures, Court Trials, Co-ordination with Public authorities, etc. He holds an MA in Economics and has done his LL.M in Criminal Law.

Shri. N.B.Bhat, IPS (Retd.)
Chairman, B-CARL
President, BHS HES,
Dean, Bangalore Institute of Legal Studies,
R.V.Road, (Vijaya College Campus)
Basavanagudi, Bangalore-560004, Karnataka
Phone: 080-26933227;,

SapnaSDr. Sapna S, LL.M, PhD

Director of the Centre

The Director of the Centre, Dr. Sapna S has done her PhD in the area of Women Issues in Employment from National Law School of India University, a premier legal institution. The study has given her the exposure of conducting field work in issues relating to sexual harassment of women at workplace by adopting empirical methods like – questionnaire, interviews and surveys. Many Focus Group Discussions (FGD) with the HR heads of Companies has formed a part of this research giving her a broad understanding of the extent of this problem. Her immediate acquaintance with the stake holders, employers as well as the employees, in this particular inquiry will prove an advantage to the project undertaken by the Centre. She has already addressed many people facing this problem, has been invited as a Resource person to various State Level/ National Level Conferences dealing with this issue.
She has secured LL.B Degree in I Class with 1st Rank and again she has secured her LL.M Degree in First Class with 1st Rank.

Dr.Sapna S, LLM, PhD (NLSIU)
Director, B-CARL
Associate Professor & Principal,
Bangalore Institute of Legal Studies, R.V.Road ( Vijaya College Campus)
Basavanagudi, Bangalore-560004, Karnataka
Phone: 9916491576,


Mr. Manjunath M. Shivalli, Bsc, MLib

Research Co-ordinator    

Mr. Manjunath M. Shivalli, is the Head librarian of BILS. He has completed his Masters in Library and Information Science from Karnatak University, Dharwad. He is in charge of our “Archives” building up a rich data base for our Centre.


Dr. Sunil Shastry, LL.M, PhD

Research Associate

Dr. Sunil Shastry, an Advocate with 14 years of experience. Dr. Sunil’s academic credentials are par excellent. He has shown keen interest in academic research, inspite of being a hard core litigation lawyer and Advocate on Panel for many State Government organizations. Having completed his M.Phil from the National Law School of India University and PhD from Bangalore University he is in the course of authoring a book on Constitutional Law.

stutiMs. Stuti Desai Moorchung, LL.B, LL.M

Research Associate

Ms. Stuti Desai Moorchung, has secured BSL, LLB from the well known Indian Law Society, Pune and LLM from Chicago-Kent College of Law , Chicago, Illinois. While pursuing her Masters she worked with the Institute of Biotechnology and Human Future. Back in India, she joined Quixlex India Pvt. Ltd as Senior Associate where she was a part of many research and litigation support projects. After which, she moved to Clutch Group, Bangalore as a Project Manager. Her keen interest in academics made her join BILS as Assistant Professor of Law where she has been teaching since 2013.

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