Governor Approves 25% Quota for Karnataka Students at NLSIU

The Governor of Karnataka, on April 27, 2020, gave his assent to the National Law School Of India (Amendment) Act, 2020. Thereby, the school (NLSIU, Bengaluru) shall reserve horizontally twenty-five per cent of seats for students of Karnataka.

The Notification says that; “In section 4 of the National Law School of India Act, 1986 (Karnataka Act 22 of 1986) after sub-section (2); the following shall be inserted namely:- Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act and the regulations made thereunder, the school shall reserve horizontally twenty-five per cent of seats for students of Karnataka.” Moreover, the explanation for the purpose of this section “student of Karnataka” means a student; who studied in any one of the recognized educational institutions in the State for a period of not less than ten years preceding to the qualifying examination.

On March 20, the State Legislative assembly passed National Law School of India (Amendment) Bill, 2020. Law Minister J C Madhuswamy said that the institution had not provided any reservation; despite similar institutes across the country offering the benefit for local candidates. Notably, the previous Congress government, under former CM Siddaramaiah, moved a similar amendment demanding a 50 per cent reservation for Karnataka students in NLSIU; but the Governor rejected the amendment on grounds of the demand being “too high”.