A third of the total seats at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) will be reserved for state students from 2020, a senior official of the institute said.
The institute has informed the Consortium of National Law University, which organises the Common Law Admission Test (Clat), about the reservation of 30 per cent of NUJS seats for Bengal students from next year.
“Thirty per cent of the total seats will be reserved for students domiciled in Bengal from the 2020 academic session. The decision of the institute to implement the new reservation rule from the next session has been conveyed to the organisers of the Clat,” said NUJS vice-chancellor Nirmal Kanti Chakrabarti, The Bengal Assembly had 30 per cent reservation for students from Bengal passed a bill in November last year that guaranteed the reservation of 30 per cent seats for state students.
In May, the state government issued a gazette notification to reserve seats for state students after the then governor Keshari Nath Tripathi gave his assent to the bill.
“The university shall compulsorily make provision for the reservation of seats for the students domiciled in the state of West Bengal to the extent of at least thirty per cent of the total intake in the university,” the gazette notification that was issued last May had read.
The act states that the reservation will have to be implemented with immediate ef- fect. It implies that one-third of the total seats will have to be reserved from the 2019 session itself.
The 2019 session at the NUJS began in July but the reservation was not put into effect immediately because the Clat results were declared only four days before the gazette notification was issued.
The new reservation was also not implemented from this year to avoid legal complications because the aspiring students were unaware about the quota when they had appeared for Clat.
Till the bill was passed, reservation for students “domiciled in West Bengal” was limited to 10 out of the 125 seats at the NUJS. With the implementation of the new reservation policy, 37 seats will be reserved for local candidates.
The increase in quota significantly raises the chances of candidates from Bengal making it to one of the top law schools of the country without being in the top percentile of performers in Clat.
The bill had sought to enhance the number of reserved seats for students of Bengal in keeping with the admission norms in national law schools in other states.
Several among the 20 law schools had reserved seats for domiciled students in those states before the bill was passed for raising the quota at the NUJS.
The national law schools in Kochi, Bhopal, Lucknow, Cuttack, Mumbai and Bangalore have 25 to 50 per cent reservation for domiciled students.
Source: The Telegraph