LUCKNOW : The Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law
University has decided to hold the Common L aw Admission
Test - 2015 (CLAT) online. The filling of forms will
start from January 1, 2015 and the exam will be held on
May 2, a Sunday, vice-chancellor Gurdip Singh said on
With this decision, taken during a meeting of the CLAT
core committee on Saturday, the admission process has
become completely online, from the filling of forms
right up to the final fee submission.
A major highlight of the meeting was that despite
several demands for hiking the CLAT fee, it was
unanimously decided that the amount should remain the
The number of participating universities was 15 till
last year, but now, with the inclusion of Damodaran
Sanjeevaiya National Law University in Andhra Prasdesh,
it has gone up to 16.
Earlier, a meeting of the vice-chancellors of National
Law Universities of India on September 30 led to a major
change in the existing MoU, which until then had
provided that CLAT was to be conducted every year in
rotation by the seven older national law universities.
These were National Law School of India University in
Bengaluru, NALSAR University of Law in Hyderabad,
National Law I nstitute University, Bhopal, West Bengal
National University of Juridical Sciences based in
Kolkata, National Law University in Jodhpur,
Hidayatullah National Law University in Raipur and
Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar.
Other universities were finally permitted to conduct the
CLAT after a serious push by Lohia law varsity V-C
Gurdip Singh, who has now been entrusted to conduct the
test next year. Convenor of the 2014 test, Gujarat
National Law University director Bimal N Patel has
handed the charge to Singh.
GATE to go the JEE way, have 2-tier exam
: The National Co-ordination Board (NCB) of the Graduate
Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) has proposed a two-tier test for
admission to the M.Tech programme run by the Indian Institutes of
Technology and the IISc, Bangalore. The test will, like the new JEE,
have a screening test followed by the main admission test.
According to a newspaper report the new pattern is being adopted
to cope up with the massive increase in the number of aspirants in
the past five years — from 1.8 lakh in 2008 to more than 10 lakh
The National Co-ordination Board (NCB), which conducts the test each
year, comprises the directors of the seven older IITs and the
Bangalore-based Indian Institute of Science (IISc).
The screening exam, planned to be entrusted to a private agency,
will be more like an aptitude test. The final test, to be conducted
by the IITs and IISc, will assess the domain (subject) knowledge of
the students, said The Telegraph report quoting an IIT
“The NCB has written to all IITs to get the views of the faculty on
the two-tier GATE proposal and outsource the screening test to a
private firm,” the director added.
Each of the seven IITs last week issued circulars to the heads of
departments asking them to give their views after speaking to the
The move assumes significance against the backdrop of recent changes
brought to the IIT-JEE examination. For admission to BTech courses
in the IITs from next year, aspirants will have to appear in the JEE-Main,
to be conducted by the CBSE. If they clear this, they will have to
take the JEE-Advanced, to be held by the IITs.
But a faculty member from IIT Kharagpur said he and his colleagues
would oppose the plan to enlist a private firm for GATE, said the
“Private companies have no stake in promoting merit in admission in
the IITs except monetary gains. We will oppose this proposal to take
away a part of the exam from the IITs.”
Not everyone seemed to back the view, though. Former IIT Kanpur
director S.G. Dhande justified the move, saying changes were
required to ensure better quality in the test.
“Is the existing GATE really assessing the eligibility of a student
for research? The present objective-type test is focussed on subject
knowledge. We need to test the orientation and aptitude of students
for research,” Dhande said.
The screening test may have questions on reasoning, basic science
and language to gauge the general competence of students, while the
final exam could test domain knowledge.
Dhande suggested the screening test be held online and several times
But IIT Faculty Federation president K. Narasimhan indicated the
last word was not out on the proposed change and that it would be
discussed at several forums before being given final shape.
“The federation has not taken any view on the proposal yet. Let us
see what the faculty members from each institute are saying,” the
IIT Bombay teacher said.
Dheeraj Sanghi, of IIT Kanpur, appeared to favour the new system
saying GATE was gradually becoming a burden on the IITs because of
the increase in the number of aspirants.
“I think it is a good move. A private firm (Prometric) has been
conducting the Common Admission Test (CAT) for IIMs the past few
years. The GATE examination similarly can be handled by a private
firm,” he said.