HC seeks DU, col­lege stand on St Stephen’s ad­mis­sion process

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City -

New Delhi: Delhi high court on Tues­day sought re­sponse of the Delhi Univer­sity and St Stephen’s Col­lege on a plea op­pos­ing the in­clu­sion of a mem­ber from the in­sti­tute’s supreme coun­cil in the in­ter­view panel for ad­mis­sion of Chris­tian stu­dents.

Abench of Chief Jus­tice D N Patel and Jus­tice C Hari Shankar is­sued no­tice to the univer­sity, the col­lege, its supreme coun­cil, its prin­ci­pal and the Univer­sity Grants Com­mis­sion seek­ing their stand by Oc­to­ber 16 on the pe­ti­tion by three pro­fes­sors of the in­sti­tute.

The pe­ti­tion was filed in ap­peal against the July 11 or­der of a sin­gle judge who dis­missed the pro­fes­sors' plea chal­leng­ing in­clu­sion of the supreme coun­cil mem­ber in the in­ter­view panel.

The supreme coun­cil is higher in author­ity than the gov­ern­ing body of the col­lege and com­prises mem­bers from the Church of North In­dia and also those nom­i­nated by it.

The pe­ti­tion­ers — N P Ash­ley, Ab­hishek Singh and Nan­dita Narain — who are mem­bers of the col­lege’s gov­ern­ing body were op­posed to the al­leged “in­ter­fer­ence” of the church in the ad­mis­sion process, claim­ing it was against the norms of the in­sti­tute.

Ac­cord­ing to their pe­ti­tion be­fore the sin­gle judge, the supreme coun­cil in a meet­ing held on March 12 had de­cided to have an ad­di­tional Chris­tian mem­ber, nom­i­nated by it or the gov­ern­ing body, to be part of the in­ter­view panel with re­spect to ad­mis­sion of Chris­tian stu­dents in all sub­jects.

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