As per the directives of High Court of Bombay, the Maharashtra government has appointed an advisory committee consisting of 10 members so as to provide guidance regarding admissions to the Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU) in Mumbai for the session 2017-18.
According to the direction of the High Court, this Legal Education Advisory Committee will comprise of members from different segments like -
- Members from the state law and judiciary department
- Representatives from the Bar Council of India (BCI)
The committee will provide guidance to Maharashtra government on several areas like -
- Preparing timetables for law entrance exam
- Resolve difficulty while conducting admissions
- Frame syllabus for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)
- Suggest changes in the admission process and new issues etc.
Since it's inception, this new national law university has been surrounded by controversies. Because of the lack of space, it was forced to operate from the campus of another institute after half a year. Later, the University was forced to vacate the Ismail Yusuf (IY) College in Jogeshwari, and from then has been operating from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) campus in Deonar.
Maharashtra government has identified around 190 acres of land in Uttan and proposed to be given a part of the land to the University for a permanent campus. Also, in July 2016 a student moved the High Court against the state government for introducing CLAT.
The Bombay High Court said that it would have been happier if the Maharashtra government had notified the students about the syllabus and exam pattern, well in advance and granted the students more time to prepare. But they just declared the exam as legal and valid. The state government in its reply had told the court that under the Maharashtra Universities Act, the common test was introduced through a notification and extended to both private and government institutes through an executive order.
After that, the student approached the Supreme Court against the order. The Maharashtra government has therefore decided to issue notifications, proper guidance relating to CLAT with the help of the advisory committee.