A day before the admission process of Delhi University has begun, the varsity had decided to change some of the eligibility criteria of certain courses and programmes as well as bring in many other conditionalities for the 2019 admission process. In response to the changes that were brought in without prior warning, a plea had been put in place that challenged the new admission criteria for the UG programmes.
On Monday, the Delhi High Court has asked the Centre as well as the University of Delhi to revert on the questions as well as the pleas that have been raised against the new norms. The plea had been made by lawyer Charanpal Singh Bagri who states that the changes brought in the eligibility criteria breach the “principle of natural justice.”
The Delhi University admission processes had begun in the last week of May, on 30th May 2019 and are set to end on 14th June 2019. On the next hearing, Delhi High Court has asked the representing lawyer for the Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Advocate Brajesh Kumar as well as Delhi University to file all the responses to the plea. Sources state that the University of Delhi brought in changes, keeping the students at a vulnerable position as the students were unaware of the changes that were brought in to some of the courses offered by DU.
Among the changes that had been brought in by the varsity, one of the changes was brought in BA Economics. Prior to the changes, the students were required to obtain a minimum of 50% marks to be eligible for the course. DU now asks the students to provide them with the “Best Four”. This makes mathematics as the top subject of the best four. The aggregate of the Best Four Subjects will be considered for the admission of the candidate. Another subject that was subject to the changes brought in by DU was B.Com (Hons) programme. The students were earlier required to pass the Mathematics or Business Mathematics subject with a minimum aggregate score of 45% as the eligibility criteria. Now the students are required to have obtained a minimum of 50% marks in the subject of Mathematics or Business Mathematics as well as a 60% minimum aggregate score as the minimum requirement for passing the eligibility criteria. These are some of the new changes that have been brought in the admission process in Delhi University among many more changes and conditionalities.
The plea has been made with a hope of cancelling the new changes that have been brought up by the University. They plea wishes to allow the students to take admission in the courses as per the previous eligibility criteria.
Sources state that various members of the Executive, as well as the Academic Council, have already written to the Vice-Chancellor of DU to undo the changes that have brought in, explaining as to how the changes are “Unwarranted” and “Arbitrary”.