DISMISSING A plea challenging the University of Delhi’s admissions policy for UG courses, the Delhi High Court said on Monday that some state councils may have developed different ways of assessing students in Class XII, resulting in some variation in average scores, but that does not make university admission criteria “patently arbitrary” to require writs court interference.
The court made the observations in the order dismissing the petition, which requested a stay of admissions on the grounds that the state councils scoring system did not comply with the regime approved by the Supreme Court for the CBSE.
The petition also said that while a large number of state council students scored 100% of grades, only 550 CBSE students scored above 99%. As a result, admission thresholds for DU colleges have increased to 100%, the petition said and argued that the policy inherently discriminates against CBSE students. The advocacy prayed for a scaling mechanism to equalize or moderate the grades obtained by students from different boards.
However, the court said the petitioner – a CBSE student from Chennai who scored 98% and could not be admitted in her election due to the 100% threshold – was unable to demonstrate any practice in previous years that might support his argument that the university is required to take into account the differences in scores given by different boards when fixing the cuts.
âThe petitioner’s grievance regarding the evaluation of the current year is also untenable. Due to the pandemic and in a situation where it was not possible to organize examinations, the CBSE proposed another evaluation scheme, which was approved by the Supreme Courtâ¦ â, said Judge Prateek Jalan in the arrangement.
When the applicant’s lawyer argued that a disproportionate number of applicants from Kerala were admitted to Delhi, the court said it could not decide how many students should be from Delhi or any other location. . “I’m saying the rationalization you give … is it a post hoc rationalization that” because it leads to the admission of X number of students from a particular board, therefore, it shows that ‘There is something wrong with the admissions process,’ observed the researcher.
DU’s lawyer argued that the admissions process has been followed throughout and that he cannot distinguish between the different boards: being a central university, one cannot deprive themâ¦ â
When the petitioner went to court and argued that his right to equality was being violated, he said: âAs you grow older you will sometimes have to take the cookie when it collapses. In some years, a particular advice may have better results, a particular advice may have worse results. We have to accept this.
The court told the student that she had been admitted to a good college and a good course and that “there was no reason to be discouraged.” The student told the court she was able to get into a bachelor’s degree program at LSR College, but wanted to study bachelor’s economics.
On the first day of admissions against List 2, DU received 29,086 applications. Of these, 4,696 admissions were approved.