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Vacant seats teaser for law university

The last date for admission at Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) in the first phase ended on Friday with 31 seats remaining vacant.

Around 40 per cent seats in the general category remained vacant till Friday evening. According to CNLU sources, of 60 seats in general category, only 34 took admission. The CNLU administration has sent list of admitted students to Gujarat National Law University (GNLU).

According to CNLU sources, 26 seats remained vacant in general category, while three seats in backward caste category and two seats in scheduled castes (SC) were vacant. CNLU, based on the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) score and merit list prepared by this year organising university GNLU, had started the admission process last week. Students securing all India rank 685 to 964 under general category were called for taking admission to CNLU.

On the large number of seats remaining vacant, CNLU registrar S.P. Singh said: “This year, the CLAT examination was conducted by GNLU and the merit list was prepared by the same institution. Based on the merit list, students took admission at different law universities.” The registrar also said that GNLU will send a second list and the university administration is hopeful that all the seats would be filled.

As admission in the general category is open for all, majority of students who took admission at the law varsity were from outside Bihar. Sources said of 34 students taking admission in general category, five were from Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan each. Eight students were from Uttar Pradesh. Six students from Bihar were called to take admission at CNLU based on the merit list.

Sources said the main reason behind the less number of students taking admission in CNLU is because of upgradation in the merit list. Many students, who were allotted premier law institutions (Hyderabad, Bangalore or Bhopal) didn’t take admission in these institutions with seats in these universities remaining vacant. On the other hand, several others allotted CNLU or other institutions owing to upgradation in merit list opted for Hyderabad, Bangalore or other universities higher rank wise than CNLU.

A student from Madhya Pradesh, who had come to take admission at CNLU on Friday, said: “I have come all the way from Indore to take admission at CNLU. The institute’s infrastructure is good.”

CNLU takes admission in two courses BA-LLB and BBA-LLB. The tuition fee is Rs 1.73 lakh per annum, including food and accommodation.