New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Friday asked the Delhi University (DU) whether its notification regarding cut-off calculation was to be mandatorily followed by all colleges affiliated to it.
Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw raised the query after DU told the court there was "no additional eligibility criteria" that colleges could impose as the admission system was centralised, under which each student has to fill up one form and submit it to the university.
The court, however, said that DU notification said the cut-off/eligibility criteria "may" be followed by the colleges and therefore, power was in the hands of the colleges.
It asked the DU counsel to explain where, in its admission circular, was it said that the colleges were bound by the eligibility criteria. "Normally affiliates have to abide by the criteria. Where is that rule?" the court asked.
It also sought DU's response on why admissions be not carried out only on the basis of theory marks.
The court was hearing a bunch of petitions filed by students who studied from Kerala, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan state boards and faced a deduction of 10 per cent in their best-of-four marks at the time of calculating cut-offs.
The students, some of whom could not get admission in colleges of their choice and others whose admissions were cancelled, have sought a uniform system of admission and also challenged the cut-off calculation notification.
DU, during the arguments, told the court that it was not possible to regularise all the state boards.
It said that the students have challenged the notification after the fourth cut-off list was announced instead of challenging it before the admissions commenced. If the pleas were allowed the admissions of all successful students would be affected, it added.
The university also said it cannot sit on what was good and bad criteria as it was a policy decision.
The court, thereafter, listed the matters for further hearing on July 13.
The students in their plea have claimed that each college in the capital had a different criteria for calculating cut-off marks of students from other state boards during the admission process.
They challenged a DU circular which said all discipline subjects must have at least 70 per cent 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 per cent will be given for internal assessment, 20 per cent for practical and 60 per cent for theory/written exam, their petitions have said.
"Thus even if a student has obtained 100 per cent marks, he will be evaluated only on the 60 per cent written exam, excluding marks obtained by the student 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 confusion and misunderstanding with regard to calculation of cut-off marks, especially regarding students from other state boards."