The Supreme Court has canceled the National Law Aptitude Test-20 conducted on 12 September, a separate entrance examination of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) Bengaluru for admission to its five-year integrated BA LLB (Hons) program.
Revoking the NLAT-2020 entrance exam, the court also directed that admissions to all 22 National Law Universities (NLUs) be conducted as per CLAT-2020 which is scheduled to be held on 28 September.
A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan passed the order on a petition challenging NLAT-2020 filed by former NLISU Vice Chancellor Professor R Venkata Rao and the parents of an aspirant.
A bench of Justices RS Reddy and MR Shah also said that all NLUs should start their academic session by mid-October.
The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a centralized national level entrance examination for admission to 22 NLUs in India. The National Law School of India University of Bangalore is one of them.
On 17 September, the apex court reserved its order on a petition seeking cancellation of the NLAT-2020 notification, which was read on NLSIU filings along with the September 4 release in 2020-21. NLSIU Bengaluru defended its decision in the apex court to conduct a separate entrance examination instead of CLAT.
On September 11, the apex court moved NLSIU Bengaluru to conduct a separate examination on September 12, but barred it from announcing the results and accepting any student till the approval of the petition.
The bench said that this was an important matter that needed to be decided, had issued a notice to the university and its vice-chancellor Professor Sudhir Krishnaswamy and sought their response on the petition.
The petition called a separate examination “manifestly arbitrary and illegal”.
The petition claimed that the NLSIU action has created unprecedented uncertainty and placed a burden and burden on thousands of dependents, who are uncertain about future action.
The notification provided states that NLSIU will not accept CLAT 2020 marks for admission in the academic year 2020-21 and the examination called NLAT will be conducted online.
“NLSIU’s sudden and deliberate decision has not only put CLAT 2020 candidates in a frenzy, but in a state of fear and confusion, it has also seriously jeopardized the university’s position in the consortium. The university, the children Excessive pressure and mental stress are put in place, ”the petition states.
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