HC: Give seats to stu­dents who made cut­offs af­ter reval

2 Delhi Col­leges Told To Ad­mit 1 Stu­dent Each

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION - Ab­hi­nav.Garg @times­group.com

New Delhi: Re­val­u­a­tion can­not be an ex­er­cise in fu­til­ity, the Delhi high court has held in a rul­ing that it will now gov­ern the con­duct of ad­mis­sions by Delhi Univer­sity (DU) and the re­val­u­a­tion process of CBSE.

Or­der­ing DU to cre­ate one ex­tra seat each in LSR and Hindu Col­leges im­me­di­ately for two stu­dents who qual­i­fied for the cut­off af­ter re­val­u­a­tion but missed the last date, Jus­tice Sid­dharth Mridul, in a rul­ing last week, di­rected CBSE and DU to bring their dates of dec­la­ra­tion of re­val­u­a­tion re­sults and cut­off for ad­mis­sions in sync so that stu­dents didn’t suf­fer in fu­ture.

“It is ax­iomatic that when it comes to the ad­mis­sion of stu­dents, the Univer­sity of Delhi, in terms of the de­ci­sions of this court, is re­quired to be re­spon­sive to the needs of mer­i­to­ri­ous can­di­dates lest the lat­ter are de­nied free­dom of choice on ac­count of de­lay oc­ca­sioned by CBSE, for no fault of the can­di­dates. The in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the guide­line is­sued by DU must be liberal enough to pre­vent any mis­car­riage of jus­tice. Even oth­er­wise, the sub­ject guide­line is merely that, and can­not have the force of law,” Jus­tice Mridul said and asked Hindu and LSR Col­leges to cre­ate ex­tra seats to ac­com­mo­date two stu­dents who qual­i­fied for ad­mis­sion as per cut­off per­cent­age.

The HC re­jected the stand of DU that as per its “bul­letin of in­for­ma­tion” for the cur­rent aca­demic ses­sion, col­leges might con­sider ad­mis­sion of can­di­dates whose marks got in­creased in the process of recheck­ing/re­val­u­a­tion within the pre­scribed pe­riod of ad­mis­sion. DU ar­gued that it could ac­com­mo­date such stu­dents only if they met other el­i­gi­bil­ity con­di­tions and if seats in the de­sired course, in a par­tic­u­lar col­lege of choice, were avail­able at the rel­e­vant time.

Re­mind­ing DU that “rules or pro­ce­dures are the hand­maid of jus­tice and not its mis­tress”, the HC as good as quashed the bul­letin and asked it to en­sure that for the start­ing aca­demic year, “the reval­u­ated marks of the stu­dents are taken into ac­count”.

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