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[NLAT 2020] NLS has been subjected to a malicious vilification campaign that rests on speculation, lies, and outright fabrication: NLSIU

The University has also notified the conduct of its 'post-examination audit' after the NLAT. It is emphasised that any candidate found to have engaged in malpractices will be eliminated from the admissions process.

Lydia Suzanne Thomas

In a strongly-worded press release, National Law School of India University (NLSIU) has hit back at critics who have charged the conduct of the National Law Aptitude Test (NLAT 2020) as being exclusionary and an impediment to access.

The release issued by the University today states:

"The University has been subjected to an orchestrated and malicious vilification campaign that rests on speculation, lies, and outright fabrication. We have been falsely accused of being exclusionary when there is no other national examination of a similar scale that has delivered as many process and infrastructural accommodations as NLAT 2020."

Thanking parents and candidates who kept faith in the admissions process, NLSIU calls upon students and parents not to be misled by the campaign against it.

Notifying the conduct of its 'post-examination audit' after the NLAT, the University has emphasized that those found to have engaged in malpractices will be eliminated from the admissions process.

Some cases 'deserve criminal investigation', the release states. It is added that the University has taken action against 'some actors.'

NLSIU describes the post-examination audit as being crucial for the maintenance of the test's integrity. It is stated that the University faculty, staff, and third party technical experts are in the process of reviewing digital records.

Additionally, candidate behaviour will be scrutinized and analyzed on the basis of seven data parameters generated by the partnering technological platform, the release states.

The aim of the process has been described as eliminating "any and every candidate who has indulged in malpractice."

On September 3, NLSIU decided to conduct its own online entrance test i.e. the National Law Aptitude Test, 2020 (NLAT) for admissions for its law undergraduate and graduate law programmes.

The online test was held on September 12, while an additional test was conducted on September 14 for candidates who faced technical difficulties on September 12.

NLSIU's decision to conduct its own entrance examination (NLAT) this year for admissions has drawn criticism from various quarters, given the exam's technical requirements and the unexpected nature of its announcement amid the pandemic.

Read the Press Release here:

Zero Tolerance policy on Examination Malpractice - NLSIU Press Release on NLAT.pdf
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