In June this year, the Union Government’s Ministry of Human Resource Development prepared a Draft Bill to repeal the University Grants Commission Act. The Higher Education (Repeal of University Grants Commission Act) Act 2018 aims to promote uniform development of instruction in higher educational institutions. To this end, the Centre has mooted the formation of a Higher Education Commission of India (HECI), which will oversee higher education in universities across India. In effect, this move could change the way law universities in India are run. The Bar Council of India (BCI), the current regulatory body of legal education in India, […]

A scheme launched by the state government of Chhattisgarh will see to it that two outgoing batches of the Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur are given free laptops. The Chhattisgarh government’s Yuva Suchna Kranti Yojana is aimed to further the cause of digitizing the State. Besides the distribution of smartphones to Below Poverty Line families, the scheme also involves the provision of Tablets (Laptops) to students in State Universities and Colleges. This year, the benefit of this scheme will also be availed by last outgoing batches of HNLU i.e. Batch XII of the BA LLB (Hons) course and Batch X […]

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Saturday laid the foundation stone for Dharmashastra National Law University (DNLU Jabalpur), the latest of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) law schools. DNLU Jabalpur, the 22nd National Law University in operation in the country, will begin its first academic session this year. It has already been inducted into the CLAT fold, and this year’s CLAT scores will form the basis of admission to DNLU. Starting next year, admission will be made on merit-cum-preference basis, as is the rule for the other CLAT universities. Vice-Chancellor of DNLU Jabalpur, Prof Balraj Chouhan confirmed to Bar […]

Amidst the tumultuous events surrounding the conduct of this year’s Common Law Admission Test (CLAT 2018), nine scholars of Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA) have made it to various national law universities (NLUs). IDIA scholars from across the country made it to seven different NLUs after their performance in CLAT 2018 and NLU Delhi’s entrance test, AILET. Arpit Suman Gamit, from a small town in Gujarat made it to National Law University, Odisha. Arpit had dreamt of becoming a lawyer but he always thought it was an unattainable goal due to his weak financial situation. After the IDIA team […]

The revised score of 4801 candidates who had raised grievances with regard to Common Law Admission Test 2018 (CLAT 2018) has been published. The results of CLAT 2018 were published on May 31. The First Allotment List was published on June 8. The revised score published today takes into account the changes made after the application of compensatory formula to candidates who lost time during this year’s CLAT. This has been done pursuant to an order of the Supreme Court. While the Supreme Court’s order was with respect to 4690 candidates only, certain candidates who had approached High Courts were also considered […]

Even as the Supreme Court is debating the constitutionality of the Aadhaar Scheme, an email sent by Symbiosis Law School (SLS), Pune seems to direct students to furnish their Aadhaar card details in order to receive examination mark sheets. A tweet sent earlier this afternoon drew attention to the email sent out to the students of SLS Pune. A screenshot attached to the tweet stated, “Many students are not . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One […]

The first allotment list of Common Law Admission Test 2018 (CLAT 2018) has been published. The same can be accessed here. The results of CLAT 2018 were published on May 31. Ever since CLAT 2018 was embroiled in litigation, there has been great uncertainty over the results and allotment. The Supreme Court has clarified that the allotment would be subject to the final outcome of the petitions pending before it. Meanwhile, the Grievance Redressal Committee set up by NUALS had submitted its report to the Court. The Committee has recommended that candidates affected due to re-login and those who lost […]

The Grievance Redressal Committee constituted by National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) Kochi to look into the complaints of candidates who took this year’s Common Law Admission Test (CLAT 2018), has suggested that affected candidates be compensated with extra marks. Bar & Bench has accessed excerpts of the report submitted by the Committee, which has also suggested against conducting a re-test. The Committee headed by retired High court judge, Justice MR Hariharan Nair, has . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, […]

Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA) which provides training to underprivileged students to gain admission to National Law Universities, has written to National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) and the CLAT Committee regarding non-publication of consolidated and category wise merit/rank list. The results of CLAT were published on May 31. However, only individual ranking was made available through the candidate login system. A consolidated rank list of all the candidates who took the exam was not published. Further, category wise rank list was also not published. Also, candidates who took the exam under the Specially Abled Persons (SAP) category […]

The Centre on the Death Penalty operating under the National Law University, Delhi has undergone a few changes, to be re-branded as Project 39A. The inspiration for the name comes from Article 39A of the Constitution of India, which urges the state to provide its citizens justice on the basis of equal opportunity, by removing social and economic barriers. While continuing to do research on the death penalty and its implications in India, the project will now also focus on . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: […]

The results of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2018 have been published. The results can be accessed here. CLAT 2018, which was conducted by National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) on May 13, has been embroiled in controversy this year too with many candidates challenging the manner in which the exam was conducted. Various students had moved the High Courts and the Supreme Court alleging that they faced serious problems in almost 200 Online examination centres. The alleged problems included power cuts, failure of log-in system, slow biometric verification, blank screens, substantial loss of time in system log-ins, […]

It’s that time of the year again. If the 2017 edition of the India Today Rankings of the top law schools of the country was riddled with half-truths and glaring omissions, the 2018 version has effectively said, ‘Hold my beer’. To its (very little) credit, the India Today Rankings have got one thing consistently right over the years – the fact that National Law School of India University . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One […]

The results of this year’s All India Law Entrance Examination (AILET 2018) conducted by National Law University, Delhi have been announced. This year’s exam was topped by Devansh Kaushik, who scored 98.25 marks. A total of 83 students will be admitted this year, including 10 foreign nationals. 50 students will be admitted from the General Category, 11 from the SC category, 5 from the ST category and 4 from the Persons with Disability category. 3 supernumerary seats are reserved Kashmiri migrants and residents of Jammu & Kashmir. Here are the results for the various categories: General Category: Scheduled Caste Category: […]

Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal has disapproved the panel of senior advocates constituted by the Delhi Government to conduct cases on its behalf before the Delhi High Court and give legal opinions. A letter addressed to the Chief Secretary of Delhi by the Principal Secretary to the Lt. Governor, states that the empanelment was without the prior approval of the Lt. Governor. It is further stated that the empanelment was not done in the manner prescribed under Section . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One […]

A handful of detained law students of Delhi University (DU) received some respite after the Delhi High Court recently allowed them to appear in the ongoing LL.B. examinations. Hundreds of students of the Faculty of Law at Delhi University were detained on account of shortage of attendance. As per the rules of the Bar Council of India, a student is required to have at least 70% attendance to be able to appear in the examinations. Many petitions have been filed . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: […]

This year’s edition of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT 2018) conducted today was hit by technical difficulties at centres across the country. As revealed by various sources, candidates lost up to ten minutes as result of the glitches encountered in the online test. Career Launcher has even gone to the extent of calling it “probably the worst administered CLAT till date”. The problems arose at the start of the scheduled time of the exam, with students at some centres having to wait for an hour to begin. At the Greater Noida centre, the exam could not begin on time, […]

Days before this year’s Common Law Admission Test (CLAT 2018) is scheduled to be held across the country, it has come to light that there has been a change in the online interface for the exam. As first reported by Legally India, the interface for CLAT 2018 will be different from what it was since the exam went online in 2015. The Career Launcher blog edited on May 8 enlists the following changes in the interface for this year’s exam (candidates can view the new interface on the CLAT Admit Card Login page): Tabs are getting replaced by new buttons […]

As many as five graduates of National Law University, Delhi and four from NALSAR, Hyderabad have cleared the 2017 Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Examination. Saumya Sharma of NLU Delhi ranked ninth in her first attempt at the examination, while Vikramaditya Singh Malik of NALSAR, who also holds a degree from Oxford University, bagged the 48th rank. Another NLU Delhi graduate, Aditya Vikram Yadav, secured the 72nd rank. He had also

The 2018 National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) results were announced today at an event held at Vigyan Bhavan in Delhi. Notably, this year’s edition features a separate list for top law schools in the country. National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore has topped the list, followed by National Law University, Delhi and National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), Hyderabad. Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur) and NLU Jodhpur have been ranked 4th and 5th respectively, completing the top five law schools as per NIRF 2018. The other law schools which made it to the list (ranking from […]

Student bodies at National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore have demanded the rustication of a student found guilty of sexually harassing a classmate more than a year ago. Savitri Phule Ambedkar Caravan, AOW – The NLS Feminist Alliance, and the Law and Society Committee at NLSIU have appealed to the alumni to urge the administration to ensure that justice is done in this regard. The incident dates back to December 23, 2016, when a student of the current fourth year batch allegedly sexually assaulted a batchmate in a bus on the way back from a party. Acting on […]

The Bar Council of India (BCI), in a press conference held today, announced that lawyers who are also Members of Parliament (MPs) or Members of Legislative Assemblies (MLAs), will be prohibited from practicing in a court of a judge against whom they have initiated impeachment proceedings. The resolution assumes significance in light of the recent move by Rajya Sabha MPs to initiate impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice of India

Students of West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) Kolkata today scored a victory in their fight to effect an overhaul of the University’s administration, as Vice-Chancellor Prof Ishwara Bhat tendered his resignation. Prof Bhat tendered his resignation, which will take effect on April 8, to Chief Justice of India and Chancellor of NUJS, Justice Dipak Misra today. The letter states, “…It has been a great privilege and honour to serve this University which I have done with full sincerity, in accordance with law and to the best of my ability… …However due to health and family reasons, I […]

The report of the first ever Review Commission for the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) dated October 31, 2017 was finally made public recently, following demands by the Student Juridical Association (SJA). While navigating various issues within the University, the Commission admits that there are systemic issues of maladministration that require urgent redressal in National Law Universities (NLUs) across the country. “The students are right. This is a wake-up call to each of use involved with legal education.” The report records this acknowledgement with reference to the following statement submitted by student stakeholders. “Administration of NLUs have subjected […]

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has conferred autonomy upon a host of legal institutions, including four national law universities (NLUs). Among the sixty universities/colleges granted autonomy are National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), Hyderabad; National Law University, Delhi; National Law University, Odisha; Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Patiala; Indian Law Institute (ILI); and OP Jindal Global University, of which Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) forms a part. As per the UGC Guidelines for Autonomous Colleges, 2017, the criteria for eligibility include the requirement of having existed for more than ten years, an ‘A’ grade accreditation by […]

The students of Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna have agreed to put their protests on hold, in light of reassurances received by Chief Justice of the Patna High Court and Chancellor of the University, Justice Rajendra Menon. Meanwhile, Justice Menon has appointed retired judge of the Patna High Court Justice Mridula Mishra as the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University. A notification to that effect, signed by Registrar SP Singh, was published today. As per the same, Justice Mishra will look after the day-to-day running of the University until further orders. The students have been on protest for the last […]

Days after it came to light that Prof Ishwara Bhat, Vice-Chancellor of West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS) was in line to take over at Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) Patna, students at the latter law school have decided to protest the move. The opposition to Prof Bhat’s appointment as CNLU VC stems from the discontent expressed by students of NUJS regarding the administration of the University during his six-year stint as Vice-Chancellor. In a letter addressed to Governor of Bihar Satya Pal Malik, CNLU students state, “Prof. Bhat’s style of administering affairs at NUJS including problems under […]

Vice-Chancellor of West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Prof Ishwara Bhat has been offered the role of Vice-Chancellor of Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) Patna, as first reported by Legally India. Current CNLU Vice-Chancellor Prof AR Lakshminath confirmed to Bar & Bench that an order offering Prof Bhat the post has been prepared. “The notification asks him to join as Vice-Chancellor as soon as possible. The moment he accepts it, a notice will be published on the University website.” Prof Bhat also confirmed that he had applied for the post, pursuant to a notification calling for applications published […]

A bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that seeks to broaden experiential learning has been signed between the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore and the National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi. The MoU was signed on February 22 by Vice-Chancellor of NLSIU Dr R Venkata Rao and Vice-Chancellor (in-charge) of NUSRL, Gautam Kumar Choudhary. While the nitty-gritties of the MoU are still to be ironed out, the two  Universities have agreed on a broad framework within which they would collaborate. Associate Professor Dr MS Murthy, who is the Registrar (in charge) at NUSRL, told Bar […]

Amidst threats to reignite student protests carried out last year over alleged maladministration, the National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal has issued a notification inviting nominations for the post of Director to the University. As per the notification issued on Monday, nominations for eligible persons are to be submitted to the University on or before March 5, 2018. Student protests at the University reached their peak last November, culminating in a firm demand for the ouster of its Director, Professor SS Singh. Prof Singh was due to complete his second term as Director this year. The various complaints directed against Professor […]

Ad hoc and guest teachers of the Faculty of Law at Delhi University have alleged that there has been a ‘scam’ in the appointment of Assistant Professors. A press release states that a list of 126 individuals selected for the post was read out during an Executive Committee meeting held on January 30, four months after the final round of interviews concluded in September 2017. It is alleged that the results have not been declared either on the University’s website . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: […]