Five IDIA Scholars crack CLAT, NLSIU to waive tuition fees

Bar & Bench

In some positive news amidst all the CLAT-bashing, five IDIA scholars have made it to national law universities that come under CLAT. As per the fourth and final allotment list, the scholars have secured admission at NLSIU Bangalore, NUJS Kolkata, NLU Jodhpur and HNLU Raipur.

As reported earlier, Yamuna Menon, a scholar from Kerala, had secured admission at NLSIU Bangalore with a rank of 28. Anil Bhadu (rank 42) from Bikaner joins her at NLSIU.

Lakesh Meena, a visually impaired student from Jodhpur made it to NUJS Kolkata after he was ranked fifth in the PWD category.

Arvind Kumar secured an all-India category rank of 116, which earned him a seat at NLU Jodhpur.

Manash Mondal from Dibrugarh, Assam, secured admission at HNLU Raipur after getting a category rank of 195.

Shamnad Basheer, Founder and Managing Trustee of IDIA, mentioned that NLSIU Vice-Chancellor Venkata Rao had agreed to waive the tuition fee of the two IDIA scholars who got through.

However, Basheer expressed his concerns about the precarious position of the CLAT results. After a series of mishaps, the Bombay High Court was prompted to order the CLAT authorities to revaluate the results. He told Bar & Bench,

“The entire IDIA family is very happy with these results. Our scholars have done us proud and deserve every bit of this kudos. All the same, we are very worried about CLAT and the future of CLAT! Given that we are in this game to make a long term sustainable difference and not just short term gains in terms of admissions for our scholars.

So far, we’ve been silent but starting today, we will wage an open protest against the pathetic conduct of CLAT and its rapid deterioration at the hands of law schools that care more about money and less about the future of legal education. Or that of thousands of children who write this exam hoping to enter the hallowed halls of law and justice. And whose futures are being messed with.”

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