The Supreme Court of India has finally dismissed the plea which demanded postponement of Common Law Admission Test or CLAT 2021. The Court has refused to delay the exam any further.
The law entrance exam will be held as per schedule on July 23. However, the SC has ordered the organizing body to strictly follow all the COVID safety protocols and guidelines.
The apex court also uplifted the provision made by NLU Consortium for students to get vaccinated before appearing for exams. The SC bench regarding this said that students can’t be forced for vaccination.
The final decision was made by the division bench of Justice Nageswara Rao and Justice Aniruddha Bose. The bench was hearing for a plea which demanded deferment of CLAT exam due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The SC Bench in response mentioned that the exam cannot be postponed now at such short notice. It will be inappropriate for the students to delay the exam any further as it will affect their future plans.
The situations around pandemic has also began to normalise in the country and it is the right time to hold any such exam. With the probabilities of third wave, it is better to conduct exams as soon as possible.
It must be noted that the CLAT 2021 has been already deferred twice. It was first scheduled to be held in May which was later shifted to June 13 and then again postponed to July 23.
The NLU consortium, organizing body for CLAT 2021, has also notified that the candidates appearing for both JEE Mains and CLAT can request a change in Exam date by visiting NLU’s official website.
Following the orders of Supreme Court, NLU Consortium has released a new set of guidelines for the exam. This guidelines have mentioned changes in exam centres, COVID safety regulations and release of revised admit cards.