After the Delhi High Court order on the re-evaluation of CBSE class 12 exam answer sheets, now Delhi University is in an apprehensive state as it might affect the DU admissions process that is nearing the next stage after the release of the fourth cut off list.
However, students who had already taken admissions through the counselling need not worry as a DU official had assured. "The issue is about students who are still seeking admission according to the latest order. Students who have already been admitted to DU colleges will not have their admissions cancelled, even if their marks get reduced after re-evaluation," said an official who did not want to be named.
What about CBSE students who got their marks increased after re-evaluation?
As for students who may have their grades increased, Delhi University officials said that they will follow the current admission guidelines unless ordered otherwise by the court. "According to our current guidelines, if a student clears a particular cutoff, but fails to take admission under that list, he/she may do so on the last day of admission under the subsequent cutoffs, given that there are still seats available," said a DU official who works with the admissions committee.
Will there be extra seats available for the deserving students after the re-evaluation results?
"The sacrality of the DU calendar is supreme. It is our unique selling point (USP). Even the number of seats as set by the academic council and the executive council is sacrosanct. This would go for a toss, and our admission procedures will get delayed," said the DU admission committee member.
How many seats does Delhi University offer this year?
DU has approximately 56,000 seats this year.
DU officials question on court's decision
DU officials also raised the question of why they are supposed to delay their admission procedures because of the Central Board of Secondary Education's "tardiness," when CBSE is only one of the 42 boards that represent the student community at DU.
Almost 80% of the students who apply to DU are CBSE students.
Also, heads of schools too opine that students who have not made any mistakes but lost marks must not be punished and that natural justice must be provided to them.
DU's further course of action
The matter is now listed for further hearing on July 26, in the meantime, DU expects its admission procedures to go uninterrupted. Officials also said that in compliance with the High Court order, they will be sending copies of the writ petition to colleges to keep them informed of the pendency of the issue.