Delhi University was on Tuesday directed by Delhi high court to respond to a plea challenging the varsity's admission process for undergraduate courses for scheduled caste (SC) and scheduled tribe (ST) students this academic year.
Issuing notices to DU and the Union ministry of human resource development, Justice GS Sistani sought their responses by October 11 on a petition filed by a group of students alleging that the varsity’s admission policy for SC and ST students was “discriminatory”.
The petitioners alleged the varsity has failed to follow a uniform procedure for admission of SC, ST and general-category aspirants to undergraduate courses in its 61 colleges.
“While the general category candidates could register using the online facility from anywhere in India, SC and ST candidates had to come to Delhi with their original certificates to even obtain the registration form. This prevented a lot of outstation SC and ST candidates from applying to the varsity,” the petitioner said.
About the varsity’s information brochure, the petitioners argued that “while a 70-page Information Bulletin printed in colour with a personal message from the vice-chancellor and lot of useful information like the last year’s cut-off marks, information about grievance and placement cell, a detailed city map locating the colleges were given to the general candidates, SC and ST candidates were given a shoddily printed eight-page bulletin without necessary information”.