CLAT 2018: SC Directs NUALS to Award Compensatory Marks to Students Facing Technical Glitches
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The Supreme Court had declined to delay the first-round of counselling going on for admissions to 19 prestigious law colleges in India after the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). A vacation bench of Justice UU Lalit and Justice Deepak Gupta have reportedly directed the National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) at Kochi to complete to make a fresh and revised merit list for CLAT aspirants who appeared in the examination. Students whose time were lost will be awarded compensatory marks. The exercise of compensating students who faced technical glitches in the national level entrance test, has to be over by June 15.

By June 16, NUALS should come up with a revised list based on the formula suggested by two member-Grievance Redressal Committee (GRC) and include the qualified students in the second round of counselling. On June 11, the apex court refused to order a “re-test” of CLAT 2018 or even stop the counselling procedures to secure admissions at various institutes across the country after receiving complaints of technical glitches from CLAT aspirants during the exam conducted on May 13. The court had further asked GRC to look into the concern, apply normalisation formula in order to compensate the time lost by students.

As per the committee’s order, students who faced technical errors, can be awarded with extra marks as compensate after doing the tally of correct and incorrect answers given by them during the online test. Soon after the entrance test, CLAT 2018 which was conducted on May 13 at around 258 exam centres for admissions to top 19 law colleges, aspirants filed pleas in six different high courts across the country and also in the apex court. They requested to quashing of CLAT claiming inconsistencies and technical glitches during the online test.

NUALS which conducted CLAT for those who wants to get admissions in undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes at reputed law schools, constituted a two-member panel to look into complaints as the apex court’s direction. About 4,000 students approached the court but only 400 were found eligible.