Tuesday, 1 July 2014

CLAT time again!

So its CLAT time of the year again, and yes, as usual, people have their flames of curiosity waiting to be doused by satisfactory explanations that they seek. I shall try to address some here.

Number one on the list comes a post by Mr. Rajneesh Singh here, the product head for CLAT at IMS Kolkata, that DSNLU is not an NLU. Different people reacted very differently, and most of the times points were not listened to. My explanation was arguably heard properly amongst them all, and can be found here. However, he never took back his words even after accepting what I had said was correct, and that DSNLU is indeed an NLU deserving the same status as any other NLU that is existing in the Indian territory. I would humbly urge anyone reading this post to go read his post, and my reply to it for a clear understanding of both sides of the debate. All in all, the DSNLU team and others did a good job of removing misconceptions existing in the young minds. 

Then comes the fact that, is this NLU worth joining? My personal approach to this question is guided by the saying "A university does not make the students, but the students make the university". So, yes, you have to work hard to land up a decent job or a flourishing practice if you study from any college in India. Sure, studying in NLSIU, NALSAR and the like will give you a huge extra boost, but that doesn't mean you'll be a beggar if you pass out from any of the other newer NLUs. It is all dependent on your hard work for them all - you ultimately have to show what you are capable of, not live on what your university is 'supposed' to make you like. It is all a matter of personal choice, and I never regret being a part of the DSNLU family, even after leaving NLUs like CNLU, NLU-O, NUSRL, NLUJAA and even HNLU for the matter.

So, you see, no matter how much the name of something is, it is upon you to utilize it and take it to new heights. NLSIU and NALSAR are enjoying the status because their previous batches proved themselves to be at par with the International standards of legal education. Striving for excellence is not an option but a fundamental necessity of any student in any stream - not just for any NLU or the law stream. One can only have the authority to criticize when they can prove themselves to be better; you can say NUSRL is bad, or DSNLU is bad only when you have the capability to prove yourself beyond what the best boy of the college is capable of.

The other thing to be highlighted is the hatred. Yes, the hatred. The upper NLUs cannot stand the lower NLUs - they look down upon them like the students have come from such academic backgrounds that they are not capable of doing anything in their life. But, thought doesn't change the fact that India gains more assets from the lower NLUs, while people from upper NLUs work to fulfill other countries' requirements, for example, doing a job in the prestigious 'Magic Circle' - because why not? When a father spends all his life savings trying to get his son a degree from a good college, will the son work for humanity or will he be driven by money? No matter what you say, in 99% of cases, it is the latter. The NLU culture is very different from the IIT culture. The upper IITs are always ready to lend a helping hand to the lower IITs so as to live upto their IIT brand name. However, the inter-NLU conflicts often disregard the NLU brand and bring down the whole system altogether by providing as little co-operation as possible between colleges - no NLU really helps another one. Till this culture doesn't change, and no harmony is reached there will be no plain simple answer to "Why should you join an NLU?"; for conflicts bring nothing but war. And, well, war? War is only between the powerful with the commoners being the only casualties.

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