A Division Bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad of Delhi High Court while hearing the plea seeking conduct of CLAT examination in Hindi, asked the Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) that why can’t the CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) be conducted in Hindi when the entrance examinations of MBBS and IIT are held in Hindi.
“If MBBS entrance can be conducted in Hindi, if IIT entrances can be conducted in Hindi, why can’t the CLAT exams be done the same way”.
The PIL was filed by student of Delhi University stating that the examination of CLAT is conducted only in English and thus it causes injustice to students who are from non-English medium.
The petitioner cited a survey by the Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to legal education (IDIA) Trust which reveals that 95% of surveyed students in NLU came from the schools where the medium of instruction was English at both the secondary and higher secondary level.
The petitioner stated that “This figure has been more or less consistent with the results of the 2013-14 survey wherein 96.77% of the surveyed students came from English medium backgrounds, indicating that proficiency in the English language continues to be a major factor for gaining admission to a top NLU in the country”.