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”.