Delhi HC issues notice to St Stephen's College over admission criteria

NEW DELHI: Despite Delhi University's caution, the Delhi High Court issued notice on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) contesting St Stephen's College's proposal to hold an interview round for admission to the unreserved category for the academic session 2022-23. In the PIL filed by law student Konika Poddar, a Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Sachin Datta issued a notice to St Stephen's College.

The court has given St. Stephen's College, Delhi University (DU), and the University Grant Commission four weeks to respond. The date for the hearing has been set for July 6, 2022. Taking interviews where the allocation of marks is left to the subjective satisfaction of the selection committee, according to the petition filed by Advocate Akash Vajpai, leaves plenty of possibility for prejudice and manipulation.

Admission to DU's undergraduate programmes is normally dependent on candidates' intermediate grades, and in recent years, the cut-off for admission to some of the most sought-after universities has remained at 100%. DU has now formed a committee to recommend that admission be done through a Common University Entrance Test (CUET).

According to the PIL, Delhi University policy states that admission to general category seats in minority colleges such as St Stephen's will be based solely on CUET scores, whereas admission to reserved seats in those colleges can give 15% weightage to the interview and 85% weightage to the CUET score at the time of admission. It is proposed that admission be given on the basis on the DU's recommendation.

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