New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday reserved its verdict on a bunch of pleas by students of other state education boards who have challenged a notification of the Delhi University for calculating cut-offs for admission in various colleges under it and have sought a uniform admission system.
"Arguments heard. Judgement reserved," Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw said, after the counsels for Delhi University (DU), the outstation students and several colleges put forth their contentions on the issue.
DU contended there was vide variation in the marking scheme of various state boards, where the petitioner students studied, as some gave 30 marks for internal assessment while the others gave 20.
The university also said the students must have applied in other universities, including those of their respective states, and added that in those cases where admissions were cancelled, the candidates were asked to take back their certificates from the DU colleges.
The colleges too adopted the arguments put forth by DU and added that they issue their respective brochures only to highlight courses offered by them as well as seats available, but they do not put out any additional eligibility criteria.
The students, on the other hand, contended that they have sought a uniform system of admission, including calculation of cut-offs, saying there was always a difference of 2-3 percent in the best-of-four marks calculated by each college in any given case of students from other state boards.
They have also said deduction of 10 percent in case of students from state education board was unfair.
The court was hearing a bunch of petitions filed by students who studied from Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana state boards and faced a deduction of 10 percent in their best-of-four marks at the time of calculating the cut-offs.
The students have challenged a DU circular which said all discipline subjects must have at least 70 percent component as theory, which does not include internal assessment or continuous evaluation.
Under the CBSE pattern of exams, there is 70:30 ratio of theory and practical, while in state education boards the evaluation system is that 20 percent will be given for internal assessment,20 percent for practical and 60 percent for theory/written exam, their petitions have said.
"Thus even if a student has obtained 100 percent marks, he will be evaluated only on the 60 percent written exam, excluding marks obtained in practical test which is an integral part of the exams," the students have said.
Their plea also said, "There is no uniform system of admission in DU and there is a lot of misunderstanding and confusion about calculation of cut-off marks, especially regarding students from other state boards."