St Stephen's College admissions: Delhi HC to decide on Sep 12

The Delhi High Court may pass judgement on September 12 on two petitions concerning the issue of admission procedure at St Stephen's College of Delhi for its unreserved seats category in undergraduate courses for the academic session 2022-23.


ANI | New Delhi | Updated: 10-09-2022 13:29 IST | Created: 10-09-2022 13:29 IST
St Stephen's College admissions: Delhi HC to decide on Sep 12
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The Delhi High Court may pass judgement on September 12 on two petitions concerning the issue of admission procedure at St Stephen's College of Delhi for its unreserved seats category in undergraduate courses for the academic session 2022-23. The Delhi High Court was examining two petitions, one was moved by Stephen College challenging the order of the Delhi University to grant admission in undergraduate courses through the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) and to withdraw the prospectus issued by the college and the second plea was moved by Monika Poddar, a law student, through a PIL challenging the college's decision to continue with interviews for admission to its general seats.

The bench of Justice Satish Chander Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad on August 30, 2022, had kept the order reserved in that matter after the conclusion of the submissions by all parties. The Court while keeping the order reserved on Stephen's college petition also reserved the order on the PIL of the student, who had challenged the decision of St. Stephen's college to conduct an interview round for admission to the unreserved category for the academic session 2022-23. Both matters were heard by the bench together.

Recently in an affidavit filed in the matters, Delhi University stated that the National Educational Policy recommends to hold Common University Entrance Test (CUET) has to be uniformly accepted by St Stephen's College. The Delhi University further stated that the Law is well settled that aided "Minority Educational Institutions cannot admit students under the Unreserved Category as per its own whims and fancies."

During the hearing, the counsel for the petitioner Kanika Poddar said that when there is a 50 per cent reservation then the colour of the minority has already been given. He added that the college does not require any extra selection procedure for the general. Meanwhile, Delhi University has also supported the petition of students and said that the college could not be allowed to bring "subjectivity bias and discrimination" through the conduct of interviews for students belonging to non-minority communities.

Earlier, Delhi HC had issued notice to all respondents in both matters. The petitioner college has challenged the DU order to withdraw the prospectus issued by it and to grant admission through CUET. It is stated by the petitioner that they are conducting interviews of students seeking admission to the college. This practice has been for so many years and it was allowed.

The PIL of the student had challenged the decision of St. Stephen's college to conduct an interview round for admission to the unreserved category for the academic session 2022-23. The petition filed through Advocate Akash Vajpai stated that taking interviews where the award of marks is left to the subjective satisfaction of the selection committee gives ample room for discrimination and manipulation. The PIL stated that DU policy specifically says that admission in the general category seats in its minority colleges like St Stephen's will be done only on the basis of marks obtained in CUET while in admission on reserved seats those colleges can give 15 per cent weightage to the interview and 85 per cent weightage to the CUET score at the time of admission. It is sought that admission should be granted according to the DU's recommendations. (ANI)

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