The NLU Consortium has filed that it will not be possible to conduct CLAT 2020 in a Home-Based Online Format.
10th September 2020
The NLU Consortium has filed a reply affidavit before the Delhi High Court stating that it will not be possible to conduct CLAT 2020 in a home-based online format, as the exam will be completely compromised and may be manipulated by the participants or coaching Centre. Interestingly, the reply-affidavit was filed when NLSIU VC Prof Sudhir Krishnaswamy was serving as the Secretary of the NLU Consortium.
In the reply affidavit, the Consortium has opposed the law graduate's plea on the following grounds:
● Consortium will not be able to maintain equitable access to necessary facilities for a home-based exam for all 78,000 candidates. Home-based exams require access to a laptop or desktop or computer, internet access and network stability.
● An online test at home with technological measures cannot ensure transparency, fairness and the integrity of a high stakes examination process such as CLAT.
● None of the test centres identified for conducting CLAT-2020 fall within containment zones access to which is prohibited under the Guidelines
● The Consortium has also challenged the maintainability of the petition on grounds of territorial jurisdiction as the Consortium is based out of Karnataka
The decision was taken in the aftermath of NLSIU's decision to withdraw from CLAT 2020 and hold a separate entrance examination for admissions to its five year B.A LL.B (Hons) course for the academic year 2020-21.