Why can’t DU students go to college, asks HC

Published on Feb 17, 2022 02:22 AM IST

Justice Rekha Palli, who was hearing a petition by five outstation DU students through advocate Pranjal Kishore, sought the stand of the varsity on the aspect of resumption of in-person classes and asked the university counsel to seek instructions on whether hybrid classes would take place for the remaining semester.

Five students have challenged a February 9 order of the university, announcing the resumption of in-person classes from Wednesday.(HT Photo)
Five students have challenged a February 9 order of the university, announcing the resumption of in-person classes from Wednesday.(HT Photo)
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

The Delhi high court on Wednesday declined to interfere with the Delhi University’s decision to conduct in-person examinations for the ongoing academic session later this year and observed that when everything else has opened, why can’t students go to college. 

Justice Rekha Palli, who was hearing a petition by five outstation DU students through advocate Pranjal Kishore, sought the stand of the varsity on the aspect of resumption of in-person classes and asked the university counsel to seek instructions on whether hybrid classes would take place for the remaining semester.

The five students have challenged a February 9 order of the university, announcing the resumption of in-person classes from Wednesday. The petitioners, represented by senior advocate Sanjay Hegde, also challenged a February 11 order stating that all university exams will be conducted in the in-person mode in May. 

The petitioners said the notifications suffer from arbitrariness and non-application of mind as they fail to note that around 65% of students are from outstation and a majority do not have access to hostel facilities. The petitioners also said that Covid appropriate norms cannot be observed in accommodations where multiple students reside in one room.

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