The apex court of justice in India quashed the NLSIU Bengaluru’s notification for a separate entrance exam, the National Law Aptitude Test-2020, for admission to its five-year integrated BA LLB (Hons) programme. The Supreme Court ruled out that CLAT 2020 will be the all binding entrance examination for the admission into 22 National Law Universities (NLUs) in India.
A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan passed the order on a plea challenging NLAT-2020 filed by former NLSIU vice-chancellor, Professor R. Venkata Rao, and the parent of an aspirant. The petition termed holding of a separate examination as “manifestly arbitrary and illegal.” The bench also directed that all the NLUs must commence their academic year by mid-October 2020.
What is the Debate All About?
On 11 September 2020, the Supreme Court gave NLSIU Bengaluru permission to go ahead and conduct a separate examination on the very next day. But on the other hand, restrained it from announcing the results and admitting any student till the pendency of the plea. The bench, which said it is an important matter which needs to be decided, had issued notice to the University and its vice-chancellor Professor Sudhir Krishnaswamy and sought their responses on the plea.
Till now, only the CLAT examination was held for admission into various NLUs for the undergrad programme. But this year, NLSUI Bangalore came up with the decision to conduct a separate exam. Although the Supreme Court permitted to conduct the examination, no further actions were allowed until the hearing of the plea.
On 17 September 2020, the Supreme Court quashed the proposal and declared that only CLAT 2020 scores would determine the admission into all the 22 NLUs. The entrance examination is slated for 28 September 2020.
New Examination in the Face of Crisis
The plea mentions that due to the whimsical and capricious attitude of the University, it has jeopardized the future of the law aspirants. As the times are trying for the students and in the midst of all this, bringing up the proposal of conducting a separate examination has thrown the aspirants into a frenzy.
As a measure to provide some relief to the students, the Supreme Court has declared the proposition as null and void. Now the candidates must focus on the CLAT 2020 examination and prepare themselves well.