For a number of students who had cleared Delhi University's law entrance examination, admission to the course seems like a distant dream.
The university authorities have refused to admit students whose graduation mark sheets were not submitted by August 31. The future of hundreds of students now hangs in balance.
"Till 2010, the university accepted mark sheets till October 15. This suited everybody as by that time most results are declared. Last year, the university decided to shift this submission date to August 31 despite protests from all quarters. This year, too, they have not made any amends," said Raghav Kalia (name changed), who completed his graduation from a private university in Uttar Pradesh and has cleared the test.
It is not just students from other universities who are suffering, but those who have graduated from DU's own School of Open Learning have also been denied admission for now.
"How can they do this? We are part of this university and if they can't declare our results on time, they have no right to set this unrealistic deadline," said another student who did not wish to be named.
The students appealed to the DU administration in September, asking it to reconsider its decision. "The university has set up a committee but we have not heard anything from them so far," said Kwchnagti Jamatia, another aspirant.
The dean of the Law Faculty, Gurdip Singh said that the decision was not his. "The Law Faculty has nothing to do with this. We work on the University's guidelines. The university had set this cut-off date. If they come out with another notification, we will follow that as well," he said.
A similar problem had come to light last year as well when close to 100 students were denied admission as their mark sheets were not out. Students from the School of Open Learning were spared after which students from other states protested. The University had later reversed its decision and extended the date till October.