Raising objections over the procedure followed to implement domicile reservation in National law School of India University (Bengaluru), Dr CN Ashwath Narayan, Minister for Higher Education, has urged NLSIU to provide 25% to the students of Karnataka origin exempting the students selected tender under All India quota.
In a letter written to the vice chancellor of the university, he has claimed that it would violate the law of natural justice, if the students selected under All India quota are considered under domicile reservation. It maybe recollected that the Minister had also written a letter in this regard a few days ago. He has reiterated that it is “mandatory”.
He justified that similarly institutions located at Visakhapatnam, Raipura, Kolkata and other places allow domicile reservation of 25% exempting the students selected under All India quota. The same should be observed here also as per the amendments introduced in 2020, he has opined.
In the academic year 2022-23, out of the total 180 seats available, 45 students should have been admitted under domicile reservation, Narayan demanded.
“It has come to lighten that 13 students who were selected under All India quota were also included within the domicile reservation classification. Hence, only 32 students were given admissions under domicile reservation. This resulted in 13 students of the state losing there opportunities,” Narayan explained.
For the academic year 2023-24 there are 240 seats available and out of this 60 students should be considered under domicile reservation should the 25% reservation quota be mandated.
In case if this has not been ensured in the provisional selection list, it should be rectified immediately. “If it cannot be corrected this way, University should prepare a revised selection list considering the super numary criteria,” he has remarked in an official statement.
University should take into account the concerns raised by Kannada organisations and Advocate associations. It should also not forget that the state government has also sanctioned funds to the tune of Rs 22 crores to the university this year, he pointed out.