After getting an of 98.75% in her best-of-four subjects aggregate with perfect scores in history and political science, Khushi Srivastava, a resident of Faridabad, was confident of studying economics in Delhi University. However, her happiness was short-lived as DU in its Bulletin of Information on May 29 added additional criteria for several courses, including economics. Applicants are now required to include mathematics in their best-of-four subjects to be eligible to apply. This has put her in a conundrum since adding maths will reduce her aggregate percentage and limit her chances to study her preferred course. Khushi has now approached Delhi high court for relief.
On June 10, a bench of Justices Anu Malhotra and Talwant Singh said there was “arbitrariness” in how the criteria were amended and put up a day before opening of registration for admission. The court was hearing a plea by lawyer Charanpal Singh Bagri who claimed that the varsity’s decision to amend the criteria at the last moment was in violation of the principles of natural justice.
Another petition had been filed by advocate Anupam Srivastava, Khushi’s father, against the amended admission norms. The hearing for this case will take place on June 12.
Khushi said, “If I include mathematics in my best of four, my aggregate percentage will go down by 1% and affect my chances of getting into a good college. A reduction of 1% is huge in DU where several colleges close admissions after the first cutoff list. If I had known that maths would be extremely important, I would have given it more time to get a higher score in it.
Sahil Yadav, who scored 95% in his board exams, was confident of getting a BCom (H) seat in a popular college. However, he was shocked to find that 50% in mathematics was mandatory for admission. Yadav has scored 40%. He thought passing in the subject was all that was required to get admission. A senior DU official on the condition of anonymity said they will inform the court that the departments asked them to change the criteria.
Rasal Singh, an academic council member, said, “The respective department’s committee of courses set the additional eligibility criteria. They decided this according to the requirements of the curriculum and on the basis of ability and aptitude. However, the policy should have been approved by the academic council.” The registration process for DU will close on June 14