Delhi High Court has directed Delhi University to extend the application last date for undergraduate courses to June 22. The Court has also allowed the students to apply for the degree courses in the varsity based on last year's eligibility criteria, reported Press Trust of India. The direction from the Court comes after it has told the varsity the recent decision to change the admission norms for various undergraduate courses could have been announced much earlier while hearing pleas against the varsity for effecting them just a day before the registrations were to commence.
According to the official notification released by Delhi University, the registration process for its undergraduates courses in various affiliated is scheduled to end today (June 14, 2019).
The court, in its 17-page order, said these directions will not preclude DU from making changes to the eligibility criteria in the forthcoming year to its UG courses as required.
But the bench made it clear that the changes in eligibility criteria have to be made in accordance with law, "which would require a minimum of six months of public notice to the public at large".
The order by a bench of Justices Anu Malhotra and Talwant Singh came while hearing three petitions challenging Delhi University's recently amended eligibility criteria for admissions to several undergraduate courses, including B.Com (Hons) and BA (Hons) Economics, which require that Maths be part of the best of four subjects.
Defending its decision, the varsity said it changes the eligibility criteria for courses every year and the Bulletin of Information (BIS) was meant for only one particular academic year and was not a statutory rule.
Therefore, there was no need to give prior notice before making changes to the BIS, the university said.
Its lawyers also told the court that no student would be deprived of admission due to the new norms and if anyone is affected they can approach its grievance committee or the court.
Advocate Anupam Srivastava, appearing for his daughter Khushi, said there would be more than one per cent difference in her best of four score if Maths was included in the top four subjects.
He said admissions to top DU colleges are often lost over much smaller margins than one per cent.
The registration for admission to DU commenced on May 30.
According to the latest data provided by DU, 3,37,947 candidates have registered on the Delhi University's website for admission to UG.
Out of total 3.31 lakh, 2,34,088 candidates have paid their fees. Ony candidates who have paid their fees will be allowed to continue in admission process.
Out of the total number of registrations, 1,39,371 candidates are from the unreserved category, 49,172 other backward classes, 31,281 scheduled castes, 6,444 scheduled tribes and 7,820 from the economically weaker section (EWS).
Various colleges affiliated with the varsity, including top ranked St. Stephens College, Hindu College, SRCC, LSR and Mirand College, are expected to release the first cut-off list on June 20, a week after the conclusion of the registration process. But, now with the expected changes in the deadline, the cut-off dates will be postponed.
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