The National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru has released a statement as follows.
"The UG NLAT exam was conducted across three sessions. Of the 24,603 who registered for the UG NLAT, a total of 23,225 candidates appeared for the exam, recording an overall attendance of 94%"
In light of this, the University draws a comparison with the law entrances conducted last year & that the UG CLAT 2019 recorded an attendance of 90.92% while the PG CLAT 2019 recorded attendance of 85.23%. "NLSIU has made serious efforts to ensure that the NLAT 2020 was inclusive and are glad to report that attendance was especially strong among PWD candidates, 99 out of the 100 UG candidates and 23 out of the 24 PG candidates attempted the exam." it adds.
While several candidates reported having to face technical glitches with regard to verification, login and facial recognition technology, the university has asked students who may have faced such technical issues during the conduct of the exam to raise their respective queries by Sunday 12 pm.
"We are aware that some candidates may have faced technical difficulties during the examination. NLAT 2020 candidates may login to the admissions.nls.ac.in portal and raise a query by 12 noon on September 13, 2020. A thorough technical review will be carried out and candidates will receive a response" - NLSIU Bengaluru
NLSIU has also stated that it has thoroughly monitored NLAT 2020 and that admission would not be given to candidates who had indulged in malpractices.
"We reassure candidates and their parents that the technological systems and proctoring processes of NLAT 2020 were fully operational during the examination. Comprehensive digital records and technological parameters will be rigorously assessed for examination malpractice before any admission list is prepared. We are confident that the combination of human and AI proctoring will ensure that the exam integrity will be maintained. No candidate indulging in examination malpractice will secure admission to the University", the statement reads.
NLSIU states that provisional answer keys have been released on the University website. Objections may be raised by sending an email to [email protected] on or before midnight, September 13. The answer key will be released on September 15.
Lastly, it is stated that the release of results for admissions will be subject to the orders of the Supreme Court in the petition moved to challenge the conduct of NLAT.
A Supreme Court Bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan had allowed the National Law School of India to conduct the Admission Test-NLAT2020 as per the schedule on September 12.
However the Bench had restrained the Administration from declaring the results and making Admissions.
"In the meantime, the examination for admission in pursuance of Notification dated 04.09.2020 may take place but neither the result shall be declared nor any admission be made consequent thereto. We make it clear that conducting of examination shall be subject to the outcome of the writ petition".
The Bench was hearing a petition filed by Former Vice Chancellor of NLSIU, Prof. (Dr.) R. Venkata Rao and an aggrieved parent of a CLAT aspirant challenging the sudden withdrawal of NLSIU Bangalore from CLAT 2020, to hold a separate entrance test namely NLAT 2020.