HC stays NLUD’s 50% reservation for Delhi residents; fresh admission notification soon

The Delhi High Court on Monday stayed the decision to introduce 50% horizontal reservation in National Law University Delhi (NLUD) to students who passed their qualifying exam from the institutes located within the National Capital Territory. The HC was hearing a PIL filed by the NLUD’s students and alumni who have claimed that the reservation “strikes at the heart of national character and the standards of excellence” of the university.

A division bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad directed the University to release a fresh admission notification before 2nd July on the official website of the University.

“A further one week period is given to enable the students to apply afresh who may be interested in applying for the admission process,” directed HC.

All the other issues shall be taken up for hearing on August 18, 2020. The examination shall take place on the date so mentioned.

NLUD has decided to reserve 50 per cent of the total seats for candidates passing the qualifying examination from a recognized school, college or institute located within the National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCTD). The last date for submission of application form was June 30, 2020, which after HC order has been extended for a week.

The PIL filed had contended that NLUD’s decision to introduce the reservation from the academic year 2020-21 was “unconstitutional and illegal”.

The plea had also claimed that the new admission policy, which provides for the reservation and increased intake, was bad in law as it was notified on January 14, 2020, without approval of the governing council, the plenary authority of NLUD.

The petition also challenges NLUD’s move to increase the seat intake from 80 to 120, saying it was against the express decision of the varsity’s governing council and there was also lack of infrastructure like residential hostels for students, accommodation for teaching and other staff and classrooms.

(With input from Agencies)

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