Udaya Holla and NLSIU
Udaya Holla and NLSIU
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[NLSIU 25% Domicile Reservation] NLSIU is not a State University, State allots minuscule funds: Holla informs Karnataka HC

Holla informed the Court that the Executive Council of NLSIU had not passed any resolution pertaining to the 25% domicile reservation and has left the matter for the Court to decide.

Rintu Mariam Biju

Senior Advocate Udaya Holla, appearing for National Law School of India University (NLSIU), on Thursday informed the Karnataka High Court that unlike Karnataka Law University, NLSIU is not a state university.

"Submission of the State that I (NLSIU) am a state university is not correct", he said.

This clarification came in a batch of pleas challenging the 25% domicile reservation proposed to be introduced at NLSIU Bangalore.

Holla informed the Bench of Justices BV Nagarathna and Ravi Hosmani that the Executive Council of NLSIU had not passed any resolution pertaining to the 25% domicile reservation and has left the matter for the Court to decide.

Another clarification made by Holla was pertaining to the funds disbursed by the state government to NLSIU. He said that the state funding to the University was very minuscule. This year, the allocation was Rs 50 lakh. In the last 16 years, the University received Rs 50 lakh from the State, on an average basis, Holla submitted. He added,

"A major source of funds is the fee we collect from students for regular course as well as distance education courses."

On the point of the 5% concession marks for students domiciled in Karnataka, Holla said that no candidate would get marks beyond the "total marks" of the exam after being granted concession under the 25% reservation.

Advocate Shridhar Prabhu, appearing for BCI, contended that the State cannot micromanage or direct NLSIU on how to manage its affairs.

He went on to ask,

"Who will certify that a student has studied in Karnataka for the past 10 years, in order to avail the 25% reservation? Can the student itself do it?"

Goverment pleader Vikram Huilgol informed the Court that Advocate General Prabhuling Navadgi would be making submissions on behalf of the state government on Monday.

All the remaining petitioners in the matter have completed their submissions.

The matter will be next heard on August 31.

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