In September 2009, the Andhra Pradesh Cabinet had approved a reservation of 20 percent for AP students in Nalsar. Andhra Pradesh's Information Minister and Law Secretary have confirmed this. However, students are not particularly pleased with this.
The State Government’s decision to provide 20 percent reservation to candidates belonging to Andhra Pradesh in the National Academy of Legal Studies & Research (NALSAR) University of Law at Hyderabad has gained momentum with State Information Minister J. Geeta Reddy, and Law Secretary R. Ramachandra Reddy confirming this news. The 20 percent is inclusive of reservation for Scheduled Tribes, Castes and Other Backward Communities.
In September 2009, the Andhra Pradesh Cabinet had approved the decision to provide this reservation since the government had allotted 50 acres of land and had provided financial assistance of more than Rs. 40 crore ($9 million).
Speaking to Bar & Bench, Nalsar’s Director, Veer Singh [pictured] said “This is a policy of the government and we, as a University under the State Government, are bound by it. We will neither oppose nor criticize it, but will see it in a positive manner. Government must have in its right wisdom has taken this decision for reasons they feel is right. The Government has also invested its resources in establishing the University and wants to benefit the students of the state. There is nothing wrong in it. This is also not new in India, Gujarat has it and I believe that other states such as UP and Rajasthan also have such policy.”
The student community however, is not very happy. A student of Nalsar, on conditions of anonymity told Bar & Bench, “A lot of students are not very happy with this decision. We are not too sure if the local students are alright with this. However, most think it is regionalization of education and there are divisive forces at play within a national institution.”
Veer Singh dismisses the ‘quality’ argument as untenable. “The quality will not take a hit as Nalsar will support these students if necessary. We have noticed that there are some students who come from other forms of reservations who have done equally well and have topped the rank list. Therefore I want to see this development in a positive light.”