Increase seats to take students who made cutoffs after reval: HC
LSR, Hindu To Admit 1 Extra Student Each Entrance tests to go online at JNU
New Delhi: Revaluation cannot be an exercise in futility, the Delhi high court has held in a ruling that will now govern the conduct of admissions by 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 re- Entrance
examinations to Jawaharlal Nehru University will go completely online from the next session. This was among the key decisions taken at the univerity’s 146th academic council meeting on Friday. At the meeting, it was also decided to make marking of attendance compulsory for teachers who will now be required to mark their attendance at least once a day. sponsive 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.
Justice Mridul observed and asked Hindu and LSR Colleges to create extra seats to accommodate two students who qualified for admission as per the 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 quas- hed the bulletin while asking the university to ensure that for the starting academic year, “the revaluated marks of the students are taken into account”.
“The chairman of CBSE and the vice-chancellor of the University of Delhi are, consequently, directed to hold a meeting within four weeks… and arrive at a method whereby the completion of the revaluation process by the former precedes the cutoff date prescribed by DU for admission,” the HC further ordered.
It was hearing two separate petitions by students who were denied the course of their choice in these two colleges despite being eligible as per the cutoffs following the revaluated results that saw a surge in their marks and percentage.