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In view of the Consortium's September 6 statements, NLSIU has now stated it has no alternative but to completely disassociate from the conduct of CLAT 2020.
Hours after a statement intimating the removal of National Law School of India University (NLSIU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Sudhir Krishnaswamy from the post of Secretary-Treasurer of the NLU Consortium was released, NLSIU has responded by saying that it is dissociating itself completely from the conduct of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2020.
A press release signed by NLSIU Registrar Prof Sarasu Esther Thomas states,
Disputing the Consortium's stance on this aspect, NLSIU has asserted that it has not violated any Consortium bylaws in deciding to hold a separate law entrance exam this year.
The September 6 statement by NLSIU further asserts it had raised concerns over the delay in the conduct of CLAT 2020 several times with the Consortium.
It adds that various alternatives had also been suggested to address the concerns, including:
Carving out an exception for NLUs where a single national exam may not be feasible in 2020
Allowing CLAT to be conducted in two or more series
Allowing individual NLUs to conduct an exam, permitting CLAT candidates to appear for a separate exam with no further need for registration or fee payment
These options were rejected repeatedly by the Executive Committee of the Consortium of NLUs, NLSIU states.
The University has also contested claims that the Consortium's decisions to postpone the CLAT on two occasions earlier (August 8 and August 27) were taken unanimously.
The decision to remove NLSIU from the Consortium on Sunday has also been challenged as being without legal authority,
"The University responded to the Consortium in writing to point out that the General Body had no legal authority under the Memorandum of Association or the Byelaws to adopt a resolution removing NLSIU from the Consortium. Moreover, NLSIU reiterated that it would fully support the smooth conduct of CLAT 2020", the NLSIU statement says.
However, in view of the Consortium's September 6 statements, it is now stated that the NLSIU and its Vice-Chancellor have no alternative but to completely disassociate from CLAT 2020.
Consequently, the statement signed off by NLSIU's Registrar adds,
"No member of the University, including the Vice-Chancellor or any member of staff shall hereafter participate in CLAT 2020 in any manner, administratively or otherwise."
Read NLSIU's Statement:
NLSIU's decision to hold a separate entrance exam for admission to this academic year’s courses has been met with criticism from students and the other NLUs alike.
The move comes at a time when the conduct of CLAT 2020 has been marred with uncertainty owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. CLAT, which is now scheduled for September 28, had been postponed on four previous occasions.
Earlier this week, the NLU Consortium had asked NLSIU to reconsider its decision to hold a separate entrance exam, a move that was said to be in violation of the Consortium's bylaws.