The Supreme Court of India on 17th September reserved its judgment on the matter of National Law School of India University (NLSIU) conducting its own entrance test called the National Law Aptitude Test(NLAT). But on 21st September 2020, the SC pronounced the judgment whereby they quashed the the very test which caused stress to students.
The SC even directed the Consortium of NLUs to conduct the CLAT exam on September 28 itself with all due care and precautions as notified by the Government. With this verdict, the NLSIU will now be a part of CLAT and students will obtain admission to the premier institution through this exam.
The sole rationale behind conducting a separate examination prior to the CLAT was avoiding a ‘zero year’, as stated by the NLSIU VC. Since NLS follows a trimester system (three-semester), continuous postponement of the exam was adversely affecting the academic session.
The exam was a home-based AI-proctored one and was full of technical glitches and manipulation. The Petitioners submitted that the exam and its procedure lacked transparency as a clause was entailed in the notification whereby no merit list was to be released. Keeping in view such conditions, the SC canceled the examination and asked NLS to admit via CLAT. However, SC also stated that the CLAT admission process has to be completed by mid-October.