NLSIU 25% domicile reservation
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[25% Domicile Reservation at NLSIU] Repeated postponements, difficulties in conducting CLAT are reasons for NLAT: NLSIU tells Karnataka HC

The affidavit filed by NLSIU comes a few days after the High Court had reserved its orders in a batch of pleas challenging the 25% domicile reservation at recently introduced at the University.

Rintu Mariam Biju

National Law School of India University (NLSIU) Bangalore has filed an affidavit before the Karnataka High Court detailing the reasons behind the move to conduct its own online entrance test for admissions this year.

The affidavit filed by NLSIU comes a few days after the High Court had reserved its orders in a batch of pleas challenging the 25% domicile reservation at recently introduced at the University.

One of the reasons to hold the National Law Aptitude Test, 2020 (NLAT) was the repeated postponements and unforeseen difficulties in conducting the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), reads the affidavit.

"...NLSIU submits that unforseen difficulties and delays in the conduct of Common Law Admission Test, 2020 (CLAT) and repeated postponement of examination due to the COVID-19 pandemic, have placed NLSIU at a unique disadvantage (amongst the various Universities that participate in CLAT) since NLSIU follows a trimester system. As per the trimester system, NLSIU' academic year is made up of three terms of 90 days duration, each term must accommodate 60 hours of classroom instruction in each course, and adequately provide for examination and evaluation processes/"

It is pertinent to note that CLAT, which is now scheduled for September 28, had been postponed on four previous occasions.

If NLS fails to complete admissions by end of September 2020, then it would result in a "zero year" with no new admissions, the affidavit states. Apart from this, any modification to the academic calendar would result in drastic changes in the academic programs of the existing batches at NLSIU, avers the affidavit.

It has also been informed that the University will not accept CLAT 2020 scores for admission to Academic Year 2020-21.

The online application portal for NLAT will be open from September 3 till September 10, midnight. All applications must be submitted online at https://admissions.nls.ac.in/. The test will be conducted on September 12, adds the NLS affidavit.

The affidavit also includes the new seat matrix along with the reservation notification, which is identical to the seat matrix issued on August 4.

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