According to Delhi University admission criteria, any student who is willing to take admission in DU, his/her marks will scale down by 2.5% with the inclusion of Multimedia and Web Technology in best four subjects.
Now, the Delhi High Court held this criterion as a violation of article 14 of the constitution of India. This judgment was passed by the Single Justice Bench of Justice Rajiv Shakdher.
Sanchi Dilvari, a petitioner who appeared for the 12th Grade examination held by CBSE (Central Board of Senior Education) in May 2019 applied for BA Honours (Business economics) at Delhi University. Her score comes out to be 92% with the addition of Multimedia and Web Technology in the best four subjects But according to DU admission criteria, it will scale down by 2.5% which comes out to be 89.7%. Because of this criteria, she wasn’t able to get into a college of her preference, with no options left to her, she ended up taking admission at evening classes at Shyam Lal College at Delhi University.
She filed a petition regarding this Scaling down of marks and argued that it is unsustainable in law and is the complete opposite to the provision of circular 2003 issued by CBSE stating that all the subjects related to computers that are Computer Science, Informatics Practice, and Multimedia and Web Technology holds equal weightage.
Delhi University argued that judgment passed by Division Bench in Charanpal Singh Bagri vs University of Delhi contained that there was no provision was provided for scaling down of marks in Information Bulletin for the academic session of 2019-2020. They further added that the same issue of scaling down of marks was raised in Muskan Aggarwal vs University of Delhi case but no relief was provided.
The main point was also added in the end that a seat in Satyavti College of Delhi University is vacant and falls under the EWS category. As a result, the petitioner couldn’t get that seat because she belongs to General Category.
After hearing the judgment of both sides, Court said that the judgment which has been formed by division bench regarding the eligibility criteria of students admission in university can not be changed in the midstream but it can help the petitioner cause.
They also noted that petitioner opted for Multimedia and Web Technology after clearing her 10th grade after reading the provision of circular 2003 issued by CBSE stating that all the subjects related to computers that are Computer Science, Informatics Practice, and Multimedia and Web Technology holds equal weightage.
The Court stated that a midstream change can not be done by the University of Delhi without consulting CBSE.
Court also declined the point stating that seat vacant under the EWS category can not be given to general category students. The Court said that it’s unfair to waste a seat under the reserved category rather than giving it to general category students.
As the final result, Court decided to grant the seat which falls under the EWS category in Satyawati college of Delhi University to the petitioner.
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