The Bar Council of India (BCI) has constituted a Committee to consider the feasibility of conducting the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) for law school admissions in vernacular languages as well. “The Council, prima facie is of the view that no deserving candidate should be deprived from giving the CLAT on account of his/her inability to be proficient in English”, the BCI has stated.
The BCI’s statement was issued after the Delhi High Court directed it to consider as a representation a petition seeking the conduct of CLAT in local languages.
Apart from the conduct in vernacular languages, the BCI has also noted that a related issue that would have be contemplated concerns whether semester exams in law schools can also be conducted in various vernacular languages. In this regard, the press release noted,
“It is but obvious, that after clearing , the next request could be to hold semester exams in regional languages too in National Law Universities. Presently many Universities conduct exams in English and in one i.e. regional language of the State. However, National Law Universities depict a national character, and it cannot be compared to other State Universities, or Private Universities, and therefore, this issue has to be given a deep and thoughtful consideration.”
Read the letter here: