The Supreme Court on Monday quashed the decision of National Law School of India University, Bengaluru (NLSIU) to hold a separate entrance exam, National Law Aptitude Test (NLAT) for admission to its the 5 years integrated LLB programme and the postgraduate LLM programme.
The NLSIU has been directed to admit students for the present academic year (2020-21) based on the scores of the CLAT. CLAT is scheduled to be held on September 28.
The 3-judge bench comprising of Justice Ashok Bhushan, Justices R Subhash Reddy and Justice MR Shah ordered NLSIU to carry out admissions as per CLAT and ordered that admissions should be completed by the mid of October.
The court also asked the Consortium of National Law Universities to conduct CLAT 2020 on 28 September, in accordance with safety guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Additionally, the apex court also urged the Consortium to declare CLAT results as soon as possible.
On September 11, the top court gave NLSIU Bengaluru its go ahead to hold a separate exam on September 12 but restrained it from announcing the results and admitting any student till the pendency of the plea.
The CLAT exam will be conducted in online test centre based mode and will have 22 national law universities including NLSIU Bangalore as participating institutes.