Plaint against 'outsider' rule at KSLU

Six law students have lodged a complaint with Lokayukta against Karnataka State Law University (KSLU) for denying them the permission to take the first-year examination on the grounds that they had attended II PUC examination from outside (non-regular).

The students claimed they had attended PUC exam on the same day as regular students. The university claims that such students are not considered for examination in the next course. Upalokayukta Subhash B Adi has directed the Law University registrar to take immediate action. Among six students, two are pursuing thier five-year law course while four students are pursuing three-year course at Sheshadripuram Law College.

The students were admitted to the course. However, the college did not allow them to write examination. “The students stated that they had completed first PU exam as regular students. For the second year, they had taken up examination as outsiders. However, the examination conducted for them was similar, including scheduling, syllabus and question papers, to that of regular students. The students successfully completed the PU course and were permitted to pursue law degree. The college without any justification has denied them the permission to appear for the first year examination only on this ground,” an official said.

The students have also placed a government order (No ED114TPU2014) in January 2015, wherein it has been clarified that the students who have completed two years PU course along with the regular students with the same syllabus as outsiders are eligible for admission to the next course. According to the students, similarly-placed students were also admitted to the law course and were also permitted to take examination.

“It is stated that several students, apart from the complainants, have also been denied taking examination by the college. The last date for the payment of examination fee is October 30, and the college in the present case is not accepting the fee from the students. In case, the college does not take the fee, the students are likely to lose one academic year. The students also stated that in the admission notification for first-year law course, issued by the Law University, does not contemplate any distinction between the regular and students who have pursued as outsiders. I have directed the Registrar Karnataka State Law University to take immediate action in this regard and submit a report by October 29,” Justice Adi said.

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