After months of uncertainty, the National Law University (NLU) in Mumbai will hold its own entrance test under the Maharashtra National Law University test on June 7.
The admissions to the university was under a cloud after it missed the deadline to register for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), which is used for admissions to all 16 NLUs as the government could not find a suitable campus to house the university.
The NLU, since its proposal two years back, has faced many hurdles, the biggest one being setting up its campus. While the state government had allotted a part of the state-run Ismail Yusuf College's campus in Jogeshwari to the NLU for setting up its campus, several Muslim groups protested this.
The NLU had also approached the Judicial Academy in Bhayandar and the Mumbai university for setting up of temporary campuses, however, neither was able to host the university on their premises.
Finally, last month, Tata Institute of Social Science, (TISS) in Denoar agreed to give space temporarily in its campus, which set the ball rolling for admissions.
According to vice chancellor of the NLU BP Panda earlier they had decided on granting admissions based on the All-India Law Entrance Test, which is separate from the CLAT and used by the Delhi NLU for admission in May. "However, we have now decided to have the online state-level test on June 7. Setting up the NLU has been a roller-coaster ride but I am glad we are finally on track," he said.
However, owing to the delays and shortage of funds for this year, the NLU will admit only 60 students for its five-year course.