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WB sneaks in NUJS 30% domicile reservation, removes autonomy over fees • Student pleas ignored [READ PETITION]

WB sneaks NUJS reservation through legislature
WB sneaks NUJS reservation through legislature

The West Bengal government has quietly passed its long-pending amendment to the NUJS Kolkata establishing statute, formalising a 30% local domicile reservation.

It is not yet sure whether this would take effect from this year or only from next year, since the CLAT preferences and allotments are already in progress.

It is understood that the Executive Council is yet to take a final decision on this.

The gazetted notification, dated 21 May 2019 and assented by the WB governor, has also removed autonomy from the university to set tuition fees, which will instead now be determined by the state government.

An additional stipulation requires free tuition for students from poorer backgrounds, which would be defined by the state government:

The University shall allow free-ship [sic] in tuition fees to at least five per centum [sic] of their total strength to students belonging to poor and economically backward classes.

As we had reported in November 2018, the government had tabled the bill without much discussion, which had been criticised by the student body.

As we had reported earlier this month, NUJS chancellor had finally cleared its next vice-chancellor Prof NK Chakrabarti, after NUJS had been run by former judge Amit Talukdar for 15 months.

On 28th November, 2018 after the bill was passed unanimously by the assembly, a delegation of four students from NUJS’ SJA had met the WB governor.

They told him of the legal and practical problems with the implementation of the bill. After the meeting, the bill had remained unsigned for 6 months.

See full SJA representation to WB below.

NUJS SJA representation to governor (PDF)

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