HC seeks St Stephen's stand on plea by DU over admission of minority students in PG courses

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New Delhi, Jul 9 (PTI) The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought the stand of St. Stephen’s College on an appeal by the Delhi University challenging an order allowing the former to conduct interviews of minority students seeking admission to postgraduate courses, and to allocate 15 per marks to interview and 85 per cent to CUET score.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Manmohan and Justice Tushar Rao Gedela issued notice on the appeal by the Delhi University (DU) against the order passed by a single judge of the high court on April 22.

In the judgement, the single judge had clarified that non-minority students would not be subjected to any interview for admission to PG courses in the college and their admission would solely be on the basis of their Common University Entrance Test (CUET) score, which is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission in central universities.

The single judge had also said that DU would ensure that the allocation of PG seats in the college is not disproportionate.

The college had alleged in its plea before the single judge that while allotting seats for admission to PG courses in colleges affiliated to it, DU was allotting a disproportionately small number of seats to St. Stephen’s College.

In its response, DU had taken serious exception to the practice of the college subjecting the already shortlisted students to an additional round of interview for admission in its post-graduate (PG) courses.

It had said while all other colleges were honouring the selection process adopted by the University before allocating students to PG courses, the petitioner college alone was adopting a different course and subjecting the selected students to an additional round of interview.

Later, the university’s counsel had submitted that as long as the petitioner college restricts the holding of interviews for admission of PG students to students belonging to the Christian minority community, the DU would not have any objection and it would ensure that there is proportionate allocation of PG seats to St. Stephen’s College.

The appeal would be heard next in October. PTI ADS RT RT