NLAT to conduct law entrance of its own

NLAT to conduct law entrance of its own

The Supreme Court of India has given permission to the National Law School Of India University (NLSIU) to conduct an entrance test of its own -- National Law Aptitude Test (NLAT). The exam is scheduled to be conducted on September 12, 2020. Earlier, the institute had announced that it will not accept CLAT 2020 scores for admissions into different programs i.e. BA, LLB, and LLM programmes.

A plea was raised by a former Vice-Chancellor of National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, and a student's parent challenging the university's decision, terming it as "manifestly arbitrary and illegal".

Former Vice-Chancellor R Venkata Rao and Rakesh Kumar Agarwalla, said this decision was taken without thinking about the application, “thereby completely prejudicing the students at the final hour and has put their career at jeopardy for purely whimsical reasons”.

The decision to take the entrance was made by Professor Sudhir Krishnaswamy with an aim to create an “elitist institution” which is capable of taking the test while “completely ignoring the aspirations of poor, marginalized, and less privileged candidates”.

The Supreme court, however, made it clear that NLAT 2020 results will not be declared and no admission will be done without the Court's approval.