The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to stay the Delhi University’s letter requesting that St. Stephen’s College withdraw its prospectus for undergraduate courses for the academic year 2022-23, giving CUET 85% weightage and college interview 15% weightage for its unreserved seats, for the time being. However, a bench of Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Sachin Datta issued notice on the college’s stay application and petition.
The panel set it for further hearing on July 6, along with a similar petition filed by a law student who wants the college to admit students to its “unreserved seats” in undergraduate courses only based on their performance on the varsity’s common university entrance test (CUET). For its unreserved seats, the college has contested the university’s letter asking it to withdraw its prospectus for undergraduate courses for the academic year 2022-23, granting CUET 85 percent weight and college interview 15 percent.
“We are not going to say anything,” the bench remarked when the college’s counsel sought the court to just explain that the university will not insist on taking action against the college. You are free to maintain your position.” “If you are not complying with their other directions you don’t comply with this also. Who is stopping you,” the bench said. When the college’s counsel said, “If we withdraw the prospectus, the matter becomes infructuous.” The bench said, then “Don’t do it”.
According to the previous petition filed by the law student, the varsity issued its admission policy for the academic year 2022-23 on April 5, and on the last page of the Bulletin of Information, it specifically stated that admission to unreserved seats in minority colleges will be done solely on the basis of CUET scores, while reserved seats in minority colleges can give 15% weightage to the interview and 85% weightage to the CUET score at a time. “On April 20, the college refused to follow the instructions of Delhi University and issued a press release and admission notice stating that the college will conduct interviews for both reserved and unreserved seats and give 15 per cent weightage to interview and 85 per cent weightage to CUET marks at the time of admission in its undergraduate courses,” it has said.
It has been stated that the college has issued its prospectus for undergraduate courses for the academic year 2022-23, which states that it will use the CUET as the eligibility criteria with a weightage of 85% for CUET and a weightage of 15% for the college’s interview for shortlisted candidates for its unreserved seats, which is clearly contrary to the university’s admission policy.
According to media sources, the university’s Registrar filed a letter to the college warning them that if the prospectus produced by the college is not removed and it conducts any admissions based on its admission policy, the varsity will reject any admissions and declare them as null and void.
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