16 students of Delhi University's Daulat Ram College move court over admissions

16 students of Delhi University's Daulat Ram College move court over admissions

Sixteen students are fighting a legal battle to salvage their future after their admissions were cancelled following allegations of irregularities regarding admitting them under the sport quota to Delhi University's Daulat Ram College.

THE ENTIRE ISSUE

On August 2, the admission of 16 girls under the sports quota was cancelled by college Principal Savita Roy through a notice, conveying that admission of those admitted under the first list -- issued on July 9 -- "stands cancelled" and asked them to re-register on August 4 and 6.

The college, however, in another communique issued on August 7, invited 12 out of 16 students to get admission under changed courses.

No such offer was extended to four students, who, Roy has alleged, do not have the "merit" to be in the college and who managed to get admission only through "favouritism".

PETITION BY STUDENTS TO DELHI GOVERNMENT

Through a writ petition in the Delhi High Court, students have since managed to get a stay on the August 2 notice. The court has asked the college to allow all students in the class until the next hearing on October 11.

"Sixteen of us decided to not re-register ourselves and went to court because the principal said ''girls with high scores who didn't get chance earlier as they were not given their preferred subjects should be given a chance, and I feel bad about them, this is why you should re-register''. Which is unfair," a student who stood to lose her seat told news agency IANS.

EXPLANATION BY PRINCIPAL

In her explanation, Roy stood by her decision against the four students and alleged irregularities committed by the sports committee in-charge in following the university guidelines and favouring certain students.

 

"I found that UG bulletin was not followed by the sports committee in admitting the students. For example in tennis, in which we have reserved two seats, the first and fourth ranks were given admission and not second and third, who were asked by the committee to wait for the second list," she said.

Counsel appearing for the students said the principal's reasons for cancelling the admission are unsound and arbitrary.

"Even if there are irregularities, there's a procedure to follow. Did she convene a sports committee? Did the committee acknowledge in the minutes that there were any irregularities? She did not do it.," said the advocate Mohit Gupta.

"First she cancelled all 16 student and then she re-admitted 12 of them. There must be some record that those four students have done something wrong. There isn't any," advocate Gupta told IANS

 

sources : India Today