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NLS to increase batch size to 120 post 75% state funding cuts, state reservation

NLS takes steps to grow
NLS takes steps to grow

NLSIU Bangalore is set to increase its intake from 80 students to up to 120, vice chancellor (VC) Prof Sudhir Krishnaswamy and registrar Prof Sarasu Esther Thomas said in an alumni video conference call today.

They confirmed on the call that NLSIU would increase its batch size to 120, though we understand the plan would likely not take effect this academic year.

Today the overdue meeting of the NLSIU executive council (EC) also happened, which had been long delayed due to the Covid-19 crisis.

According to our sources, the EC had signed off on the increase in batch size and the Bar Council of India (BCI) too had given its blessings on the plan several months ago.

These changes will be made against a backdrop of the Karnataka state government having passed the 25% state domicile reservation at NLS, as well as slashing its funding from Rs 2 crores per year to only Rs 50 lakh, as first reported earlier this month.

The increase in batch size and corresponding growth in tuition fee incomings would go only some way towards meeting that shortfall, though it would likely not be enough by itself and we understand both administration and alumni are exploring other options, including speaking to the state government about it.

Today’s Zoom calls, which were organised by the new NLSIU alumni association’s governing board that took over in March of this year, covered topics including NLSIU’s infrastructure, diversity and technology in legal education.

We understand that the increase in batch sizes had also been discussed over the last few months with the alumni association.

The new NLSIU Alumni Governing Board members are: Roopa Doraswamy, Bharat Jairaj, Ramanand Mundkur, Dinesh Singh, Savitha Jagadeesan, Yash Yashar, Mani Gupta, Jian Johnson and Akanksha Sharma.

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