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CLAT 2020 Does Not Have Any Minimum Marks, 2,786 candidates Admitted Today: CLAT Consortium

LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK
9 Oct 2020 1:07 PM GMT
CLAT 2020 Does Not Have Any Minimum Marks, 2,786 candidates Admitted Today: CLAT Consortium
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After the Supreme Court today refused to stay the counselling process for admissions to National Law University pursuant to declaration of the CLAT 2020 results on Monday, the NLU Consortium has issued a statement intimating that the counselling has commenced from today. "The process of Admission to participating National Law Universities of Consortium of National Law Universities...

After the Supreme Court today refused to stay the counselling process for admissions to National Law University pursuant to declaration of the CLAT 2020 results on Monday, the NLU Consortium has issued a statement intimating that the counselling has commenced from today.

"The process of Admission to participating National Law Universities of Consortium of National Law Universities has begun today. We had invited 14,992 for UG and 4,081 for PG candidates for the Counselling. Out of 14,992 candidates called for counselling, only 8,227 for UG and 2,166 for PG paid the counselling fee and are now eligible for admission in order of merit," the Consortium said.

It is clarified that those who do not get seat will get full refund of their counselling fee.

5 CLAT aspirants had moved the Supreme Court stating that CLAT 2020 was erroneous, faulty, defective & discriminatory and violative of Articles 14 & 15 of the Constitution of India.

The Consortium has however claimed that CLAT-2020 was a student friendly entrance test conducted for 1.4 crore candidates. It said,

"We had invited objections to the Questions, Key and technical issues to the CLAT-2020. All objections were referred to a 13-member Expert Committee headed by a Retired Judge of the High Court. Accepting many objections, three questions were dropped and Key was modified in respect of four questions. In all only 4839 candidates had filed objections and thus huge majority (54,604 candidates) did not file any objection."

It further said,

"We found no discrepancy in any response sheet between the responses made by the candidates and those reflected in the response sheets. The audit trail in all cases examined by us matched with the response sheet."

Furthermore,

"All the leading tests like JEE, NEET, GATE(IIT's), AIIMS, Public Service Commission Recruitment Examinations and Banking Exams were conducted by the same service provider. Even NTA used his services. Thus, even if NTA had conducted CLAT, in all likelihood same service provider with same software and platform would have conducted the test."

The Supreme Court also refused to pass interim orders and declined to stay the counselling and admissions process. However, it granted liberty to make representation(s) before the Grievance Redressal Committee which is headed by Retired Chief Justice of India regarding their grievances pertaining to the conduct of the Examination.

Counselling process

The Consortium had called five times candidates of total seats available for UG (2,596 seats) and PG (783 seats) for counselling.

To ensure timely admission of the candidates who have appeared for CLAT – 2020, all the candidates in the Reserved Categories were called for counselling and that is why some candidates even with negative marks were also invited. These candidates are not likely to get any seat. In any case those who have paid the counselling fee alone can be given seats in order of merit and therefore candidates with negative marks are unlikely to get seats.

CLAT-2020 does not have any minimum marks and therefore calling of these candidates cannot be faulted. By 5.30 p.m., as many as 2,786 candidates have been admitted to various National Law Universities out of the 1st allotment list released by the Consortium today.

Diversity in National Law Universities has been an issue but this year large number of candidates from rural areas and underprivileged backgrounds have also been selected. In fact out of 200 ST candidates coached by the ST Welfare Department, Government of Madhya Pradesh, as many as 104 were selected for the counselling. Government of Madhya Pradesh has agreed to fully fund the education of these candidates.

Several candidates from small towns also got selected. Strangely on the one hand petitioner's in the Supreme Court favoured diversity and on the other opposed calling of underprivileged candidates with low scores for the counselling.

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