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Less than two weeks before the results of CLAT 2016 are to be declared, there has been a series of changes at the Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University in Vishakapatnam. As per a government order, the DSNLU Amendment Act of 2016 has been notified to be in effect from today onwards.
This amendment, amongst other things, mandates a drastic reduction in the number of reserved seats at DSNLU. Now, 50% of the seats will be reserved under the State domicile, 40% will come under the all India category, and the balance will be under the NRI category. Prior to the amendment, nearly 90% of the seats fell under State reservation. (See CLAT brochure)
In fact, the reduction of State quota was one of the demands made by the CLAT Core Committee way back in 2014. This was one of the conditions made by the the Core Committee for inclusion in the CLAT admission process.
That is not the only change on the cards.
As per this Times of India report, the Chief Justice of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will now be the ex-officio Chancellor of the University. Prior to this, the ex-officio chancellor was the Vice Chancellor of CNLU Patna.
In an interview in 2014, the then Vice Chancellor of DSNLU, Dr. B Kumar and said that this particular provision meant that funds from the government are often hard to come by.
Read the Government Order below.