Just 5 out of 21 national law universities reserve 5% seats for disabled people, finds study

The Centre for Disability Studies and Health Laws has found that most national law universities do not follow the 5% criteria for reservation of seats for people with benchmark disabilities. This is as per the provisions of the Rights of of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.

In a study done after studying the brochures and admission notifications of all national alw universities, the centre found that only five of them follow the reservation rule.

These are National Law School Of India University, Bangalore, National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University and Tamil Nadu National Law School. These provide 5% reservation in undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

The most blatant violation was found in the case of Maharashtra National Law University in Nagpur. Of the 21 national law universities, this is the only one to not reserve a single seat for people with benchmark disabilities.

Section 32 of the Rights of Persons with the Disabilities Act 2016, provides that all government institutions of higher education shall reserve not less than 5% seats for persons with benchmark disabilities and give them an upper age relaxation of five years for admission. This also includes higher education institutions receiving aid from the government.

The study found that there are some national law universities like the National Law Institute University, Bhopal and the National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi, which follow the 5% reservation rule in part.

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