New Delhi: The Delhi University was on Tuesday directed by the Delhi High Court to respond to a plea challenging the University`s admission process for under-graduate courses for Scheduled Caste(SC) and Scheduled Tribe(ST) students this academic year.
Issuing notices to DU and the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Justice G S Sistani sought their responses by October 11 on a petition filed by a group of students alleging DU`s admission policy for SC/ST students was "discriminatory".
The petitioners alleged the University has failed to follow an uniform procedure for admission of SC/ST students and general category students for under-graduate courses.
"While the general candidates could register using the online facility from anywhere in India, SC/ST candidates had to come physically to Delhi with all their original certificates to even obtain the registration form. This prevented a lot of outstation SC/ST candidates from applying to the University," the petitioner said.
With regard to the University`s Information Bulletin, the petitioners said "while a 70-page Information Bulletin printed in colour with a personal message from the Vice-Chancellor and lot of useful information like the last year’s cutoff marks, information about Grievance and Placement Cell, a detailed city map locating the colleges were given to the General Candidates, SC/ST candidates were given a shoddily-printed eight-page Bulletin without necessary informations."