Govt Reiterates Its Demand To Reserve Seats For Odisha Students In NLUO

Cuttack: Reiterating its demand to reserve 25 per cent seats in National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Cuttack for students belonging to Odisha, the State government today wrote to the Vice Chancellor of the NLUO, requesting him to do the needful.

In the letter, Commissioner-cum-Secretary of the Higher Education Department Saswat Mishra asked the varsity to bring this to the notice of Executive Council for doing the needful under Clause-11 (2) of the NLUO Statute for providing 25% reservation in Under Graduate courses for the students of Odisha.

In 2018, the State government had requested NLUO to reserve 25% seats in the UG courses for students of Odisha securing at least 60% marks in Class XII or equivalent examinations. “Though more than one year has elapsed in the meantime, we have not received any reply from the law varsity in this regard,” the letter read.

The official also mentioned in the letter that the State goverment has allocated close to Rs 200 crore for development of infrastructure of the NLUO.

Earlier, senior BJD MLA Pradeep Maharathy had also demanded that 25 per cent seats in NLUO be reserved for the students of Odisha. He had raised the issue in the Assembly and sought a ruling from the Speaker. He had said while students of other States avail domicile quota in the NLUs in their states, the Odisha students have been debarred from the facility.

The NLUO, Cuttack was established in 2009 with the support of the State government after reportedly getting 25 acre of prime land free of cost.