Hold NLAT, however don’t declare outcomes, SC tells NLSIU

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 11 

The Supreme Court on Friday allowed National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, to carry its separate entrance examination NLAT-2020 on Saturday however stopped it from declaring outcomes and admitting college students till the problem was lastly settled.

“It’s an important matter. It’s a matter that needs to be decided,” a Bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan stated.

The courtroom is seized of a petition filed by former NLSIU Vice Chancellor Prof R Venkata Rao and a dad or mum of a regulation aspirant difficult the college’s resolution to stroll out of Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) and to as a substitute go for a separate entrance check for admission to regulation programs.

Prof Rao contended the choice to go for a separate National Law Aptitude Test (NLAT) will make NLSIU an “island of exclusion” from an “island of excellence”.  He wished the highest courtroom to quash the September three resolution of the NLSIU, Bangalore, to carry NLAT on September 12.

The Bench issued notices to NLSIU and its Vice Chancellor Prof Sudhir Krishnaswamy asking them to reply in three days and posted the matter for additional listening to on September 16.

The interim order permitting NLAT-2020 was primarily because of the truth that it was scheduled to be held on Saturday and there was not a lot time left. However, the courtroom stated NLAT outcomes can’t be declared and no admissions can happen throughout pendency of the matter.

Terming the choice to conduct a separate check as whimsical, baseless, manifestly arbitrary and unlawful, Prof Rao contended that the Present NLSIU Vice-Chancellor didn’t have the requisite consent from the tutorial council for it.

“The technical requirement of having a laptop and 1 Mbps of internet speed for taking home proctored examination, is onerous, arbitrary, discriminatory and illegal,” the petition submitted. 

Unlike normal universities that admit solely these having already accomplished a three-year B.A., B.Sc. or B.Com. Course, admission to NLUs is open to candidates passing their Class 12 examination, supplied they clear CLAT—a feat with a hit charge of lower than 5 per cent. 

This yr’s CLAT was slated to be held on September 28 however after an August 28 assembly of the consortium of National Law Universities, the NLSIU on September three determined to carry its personal entrance test—NLAT—on September 12 for which purposes should be made by September 10. The NLSIU stated it received’t settle for CLAT scores for admissions to its regulation programs this yr.

The petitioner submitted the sudden and unilateral resolution of NLSIU has created unprecedented uncertainty, worry and confusion among the many candidates who’ve been put to excessive strain and psychological stress.


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