Admission to colleges has become an extremely competitive matter in recent times, in light of these there appears to be a new eligibility criteria for admission to the Delhi University. A petition was filed by Advocate Charanpal Singh Bagri seeking that the admission process for this year be conducted as per the old guidelines. The notice was issued to Delhi University and the Central Government by a Division Bench of Justices Anu Malhotra and Justice Talwant Singh.
The new admission criteria had several changes in the admission norms. One of the most striking changes was that a student has to mandatorily score 50% or more in mathematics or business mathematics, which would be included in his ‘best of four’ aggregate to secure admission in the B.Com (Hons) course, also the aggregate for this must be 60%.An aggregate score of 60% or more is required to secure admission in the BA Economics (Hons) course, with a minimum score of 50% in Economics to be included in the best of four aggregate.
Till the admissions for the previous year, a student required to have secured the minimum threshold marks to be eligible for the course, without any requirement of including the main subject in the best of four calculation. It has been claimed that,the altered eligibility criteria were arbitrary, discriminatory and violative of guarantee of fairness under Article 14, 15, 19 & 21 of the Constitution and existing UGC guidelines. Further, a direction has been sought to give at least one year prior notice to the public at large if there is a proposal for a minor change in the prevailing admission criteria for any undergraduate or other courses. Also, at least two years’ prior public notice should be given if there is a proposal for any major change, e.g. any change of subjects for admission in a particular stream. The next date for the hearing is on 14th June 2019, which coincidentally happens to be the last date for the Delhi University Admission process.