Bill Passed: 25 percent reservation for Karnataka in NLSIU Bengaluru

Bill Passed: 25 percent reservation for Karnataka in NLSIU Bengaluru
NLSIU Bangalore is one of the law universities to offer the five-year integrated undergraduate law degree Team Careers360 | Mar 20, 2020 - 11:03 a.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The Karnataka state assembly has passed a Bill, reserving 25 percent of seats in National Law School of India University, Bengaluru (NLSIU) for local students. NLSIU has 80 undergraduate level seats and 50 postgraduate seats.

Any student who has studied in the state for 10 years will be eligible for the 25 percent reservation. Currently, all seats are filled based on the ranks in national Common Law Admission Test ranking.

The new law, National Law School of India (Amendment) Bill 2020, after it becomes a law, will replace the National Law School of India Act, 1986. It now has to be passed by the legislative council, before it goes for the governor’s nod.

Opposition questions

However, the opposition has questioned the government for replacing the term ‘Kannadiga students’ with ‘students of Karnataka’ in the Bill, thus allowing students from other states also to get the benefit of 25 percent reservation. They believe “the new legislation would rob the Kannadiga students who have been born and brought up in the state”.

Earlier, the Congress government in 2017 mooted an amendment demanding 50 percent reservation for Karnataka students in NLSIU Bengaluru. It was rejected by the Governor.

Most of the NLUs allow reservation for local students. In January NLU Delhi introduced 50 percent state domicile reservation for undergraduate (BA LLB) and postgraduate programme (LLM).

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