Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Admission list excluded SC,ST OBC students; HC seeks Delhi University’s response on MSF’s plea

In response to a petition filed by Muslim Students Federation (MSF) pointing out the discrepancy in Delhi University LLB and PG admissions, the Delhi High Court directed the university to file its affidavit within two weeks.

MSF Delhi University unit had filed a writ petition in the Delhi High Court, against the Delhi university’s admission policy which subverts reservation principles in the LLB and other postgraduate admission lists. The petition pointed out that around 200 unreserved category students’ admission in LLB were affected due to the university’s faulty admission policy, which excluded cut-off clearing OBC/SC/ST category students from the unreserved admission category.

The published admission list demonstrated that reserved category(OBC/SC/ST) students despite scoring marks above the general category cut-offs were placed in their respective category admission lists. This fundamentally overturns the logic of reservation as it basically limits these students from the marginalised category from competing in the open quota, which stops more students from the reserved category from being added to the list, alleged MSF, the student wing of Indian Union Muslim League.

“In the meanwhile, any admissions made after today in the LL.B course under the reserved categories, shall be subject to the outcome of the present petition,” the court ordered, while listing the matter for hearing next on January 23, 2023.

MSF Delhi University unit president Bathool said that the university authorities appear to be actively prejudiced against the marginalised groups. She questioned the exclusion of meritorious reserved category students from the unreserved category despite having strong claims to it.

Bathool also pointed out that students from minority communities are consistently denied their privileges. “Is this merely because they belong to a marginalised caste,” she asked.

The student body had earlier approached IUML MP E.T Muhammed Basheer who wrote to the DU Vice Chancellor regarding the sabotaging of reservation in it’s PG and LLB admission.


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