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The Supreme Court said Thursday it would issue its order on Sept. 21 on a petition contesting the decision by the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) in Bengaluru to hold the separate NLAT-2020 entrance exam. A bank, headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, reserved its arrangement at the request of the former NLSIU Vice Chancellor Professor R Venkata Rao and one of the aspirant’s parents.

The Apex Court approved the NLSIU in Bengaluru on September 11th to hold a separate trial that was due to take place on September 12th. However, it was prevented from announcing the results and admitting any student until the plea was pending. The bank said it was an important matter to be resolved. She had notified the university and its Vice Chancellor Professor Sudhir Krishnaswamy and asked for their response to the request. The plea described the holding of a separate examination as “a manifestly arbitrary and unlawful decision”.

The NLSIU action has created unprecedented uncertainty and has placed an onerous burden and obligation on thousands of aspirants who are now unsure how to proceed in the future. It was said that such a unilateral decision to take the National Law Aptitude Test (NLAT) as a university entrance exam was made without any brains, “thereby completely damaging the students for the last lesson and putting their careers at risk for whimsical purposes became reasons for it “.

According to the plea, it is evident that the decision is directed solely to the creation of an “elite institution” aimed at those who can afford to take the test, while “fully satisfying the aspirations of poor, marginalized and less privileged candidates be ignored”. .

She attempted to cancel the notification for admission to the five-year integrated BA, LLB (Hons.) Program 2020-21 with the press release on NLSIU Admissions 2020-21 dated September 4, 2020. “With the offending report, the respondents ‘university No. 1 directly violates the fundamental rights of students who wish to be admitted to the respondents’ university, especially during the current and ongoing Covid-19 pandemic,” it says. At its 91st session, an executive council of the NLSIU unanimously authorized the university to develop an alternative admission procedure in the event that CLAT 2020 is postponed further due to the pandemic.

“It is respectfully stated, however, that the Executive Board of the No. 1 University surveyed did not have such powers and therefore the meeting of the Executive Board for this purpose was illegal and without basis under its own statutes.” the plea said. The offending notice stipulates that the NLSIU will not accept the results of CLAT 2020 for admission to the 2020-21 academic year and an exam called NLAT will be conducted online.

“The NLSIU’s sudden and capricious decision not only frenzied the CLAT 2020 aspirants and put them in a state of fear and confusion, it also seriously jeopardized the university’s position in the consortium. Because of the bizarre behavior of the university, the children are exposed to extreme pressure and psychological stress, ”said the plea.


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