NLU Delhi allocates 50% seats for Delhi students

In a significant move, National Law University, Delhi (NLU Delhi) has announced 50% reservation for domicile students. The move aimed at providing more opportunities to students from Delhi, follows most other National Law Universities, which have kept seats reserved for the students of their respective states under various categories. In a similar move, NUJS Kolkata and NLU Odisha announced domicile-based reservations for the students through CLAT 2020.

The step, by NLU Delhi, however, comes with an overall increase in the intake for the academic session 2020-25. Till now, NLU Delhi had 73 seats to offer and an additional 10 seats were offered to Foreign Nationals. With AILET 2020, which is scheduled on May 3, 2020, NLU Delhi revises the intake and will now admit 123 students, the exact breakup of which is given below:

 

Delhi

Outside Delhi

 

Category

 

#PWD

 

#PWD

Total

Unreserved/ General

24

1

24

1

50

Scheduled Caste

7

1

7

1

16

Scheduled Tribe

4

0

4

0

8

Other Backward Classes

11

1

11

1

24

Economically Weaker Sections

6

0

6

0

12

Total

52

3

52

3

110

Kashmiri Migrants

 

 

 

 

1

Resident of J&K

 

 

 

 

2

Foreign Nations

 

 

 

 

5

OCI/PIO

 

 

 

 

5

Grand Total

 

 

 

 

123

With this move, the overall intake in General category has reduced to 48 (excluding PWD), which earlier was 52. Also, seats have been reserved for students belonging to Other Backward Classes (OBC) and Economically Weaker Sections (EWS).

The move aimed at Delhi students may likely dilute the overall national character of the institution, giving an undue advantage to students from NCT of Delhi. As per the official notification released by NLU Delhi for AILET 2020, any student who has completed his class XII from a school/institution located in National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT of Delhi), will be eligible for the state domicile seats, but they also can qualify for the All India Seats. This move is likely to give a certain advantage to the students from NCT and thus affecting the overall peer composition.

NLU Delhi in its representation to NIRF, had stated that only approx. 15% of the students in the B. A LL.B (Hons.) program across the five years, were domicile of Delhi. Only 64 students out of the 411 students in the undergraduate program, had their roots in Delhi.

Important Dates to Remember:

  • AILET Application Start Date: January 15, 2020
  • AILET Application Closes: April 8, 2020
  • AILET Scheduled on: May 3, 2020

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