The Delhi High Court Monday dismissed a petition which alleged a ‘disproportionate’ variety of admissions of scholars from Kerala state board in Delhi University, saying fixing of cut-offs was a matter of the college’s admission coverage.
Justice Prateek Jalan mentioned that issues of educational coverage had been finest left to the college and the court docket can be gradual in interfering with the identical.
The court docket was listening to a petition by a DU-aspirant looking for a ‘scaling mechanism’ for marks scored by college students from completely different boards with a purpose to present a degree enjoying area,
“To me, it is entirely a matter of policy. How do we say what should be fixed as a cut-off? How do we say so-and-so board marks have been higher and so-and-so have been lower?… I don’t think a court can get into this based on this kind is reverse engineering,” the choose mentioned.
“We are of the view that the grievance of the petitioner is incapable of adjudication and is best left to the policy decision of the university,” the court docket additional mentioned.
The petitioner argued that despite securing over 98 per cent at school 12, she was unable to attain admission in her most well-liked course and faculty.
“Take the cookie as it crumbles. We have to accept that. There is no reason to feel disheartened… You will get admission. There are great colleges and universities all over India,” the choose instructed the petitioner Gunisha Aggarwal who was current throughout the listening to performed by way of video conferencing.
Lawyers Vipul Ganda and Annirudh Sharma, representing the petitioner, claimed that 49 per cent of scholars who bought admission within the first cut-off checklist belonged to the Kerala state board versus 13.6 per cent and 14.80 per cent from CBSE and ISC, respectively.
The counsel added that 27 per cent of profitable candidates within the first cut-off had been from the Rajasthan state board.
For the Kerala board, each class 11 and sophistication 12 marks are being thought-about which is resulting in a disproportionate variety of admissions from there, counsel for the petitioner acknowledged.
“It has come to the knowledge of the petitioner that the maximum number of 100 per cent marks have been awarded by the Kerala State Examination Board and a total of 6000 students from the Kerala State Board have scored 100 per cent marks. Similarly, other state Boards have adopted their own mechanism to award marks to students,” the petition mentioned.
“I am at the disadvantage as I am from CBSE… Suddenly this year the students of other boards have become brighter,” the counsel submitted.
The court docket famous that not solely was the scheme of marking for CBSE accredited by the Supreme Court earlier this 12 months on account of the pandemic, the petitioner filed the petition after taking part within the admission course of.
“The fact that certain state boards may have evolved a different manner of assessment leading to some variation in the average marks does not (make the admission process) manifestly arbitrary so as to require interference,” the court docket mentioned.
“The judgements of the Supreme Court make it clear that in matters of academic policy, a writ court is slow to interfere,” it clarified.
Delhi college counsel M Rupal acknowledged that that the college can’t assess ‘which board has been liberal’ as a part of its admission course of.
“If more students (of a certain board) score more marks, being a central university, we can’t deprive them,” he added.
In her petition, the petitioner prayed for a path to quash DU’s coverage of treating marks awarded by all completely different boards at par, saying that the current regime doesn’t present a ‘level playing field’.