In a major move, the Supreme Court on Monday rejected NLSIU Bengaluru’s notification for a separate entrance exam, the National Law Aptitude Test-2020 held on September 12, for admission to its five-year integrated BA LLB (Hons) programme.
While cancelling the NLAT-2020 entrance exam, the apex court also directed that admissions in all 22 National Law Universities (NLUs) be conducted in accordance with CLAT-2020 which is scheduled to be held on September 28.
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 bench, also comprising Justices R S Reddy and M R Shah, said all NLUs should start their academic session by mid October.
The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a centralised national level entrance test for admissions to 22 NLUs in India. Bengaluru’s National Law School of India University is one of them. On September 17, the top court reserved its order on the plea seeking quashing of the NLAT-2020 notification.
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NLSIU Bengaluru defended its decision in the apex court to hold a separate entrance examination instead of CLAT.
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.