National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, has decided to discuss the most argumented domicile quota issue at their next executive council meeting. Dr. V Nagaraj, registrar of NLSUI said that the decision regarding the reservation of the seats for SC/ST and OBC is still pending with the Karnataka High Court.
Dr. Nagaraj said, "The issue of reserving seats for SC/ST candidates belonging to the state is going to come up at the executive council meeting. The members will express their opinion on the issue, before deciding on the matter. However, the matter is sub-judice. It is difficult to comment on it, as the case regarding the issue is still pending in the Karnataka High Court, since 2009. We have to wait for the court's verdict."
The law colleges of the state do not have a policy to reserve seats for local students falling under SC/ST and OBC categories. Presently, the NLSIU enrol students under SC/ST quota (25%) on all India basis. The top law schools in the country reserve 15% seats for SC candidates, 7.5 % for STs and 3% seats for the disabled candidates.
Students have to pass a national-level entrance test- the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)-to get admission to the undergraduate course in the law colleges. Presently, there are just 80 seats for BA LLB (Honours) courses at the law schools in state.
Dr. Nagaraj said, "We are selecting candidates for undergraduate courses based on their performance in the CLAT exam. We are following the national reservation policy and admitting students eligible for SC/ST and disability quotas, like the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs)."
Sources at the NLSIU said that the institute doest not want to compromise with its reputation by creating special reservation for domicile candidates. The state government is also thinking over the idea of bringing an amendment to serve the seats for SC/ST and OBC students of Karnataka for BA LLB.
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