Students of DU’s Daulat Ram College Move Court Over Admissions

Well, it’s a bad news for DU and DUites! Sixteen students are fighting a legal battle to protect their future as they were denied admissions by Daulat Ram College (DRC), University of Delhi, under the sports quota.

On August 2, the admission of 16 girls under the sports quota was cancelled by college Principal Savita Roy through a notice, conveying that admission of those admitted under the first list – issued on July 9 – “stands cancelled” and asked them to re-register on August 4 and 6.

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The college, however, in another communique issued on August 7, invited 12 out of 16 students to get admission under changed courses.

No such offer was extended to four students, who, Roy has alleged, do not have the “merit” to be in the college and who managed to get admission only through “favourism”.

Students through a writ petition in the Delhi High Court have since managed to get a stay on the August 2 notice. The court has asked the college to allow all students in the class till the next hearing on October 11.

In her explanation, Roy stood by her decision against the four students and alleged irregularities committed by the sports committee in-charge in following the university guidelines and favouring certain students. In another example, she alleged that top chess players were denied admission in the college, despite the game being listed under the college’s name in the UG Bulletin, just “so that once these top players have got admission in other colleges, lower ranked candidates can be called for admission”.

She has since removed the Sports Committee In-charge Kavita Sharma from her post and accused the sports teachers in the college of forming a “coterie”.

The former sports committee in-charge, in her turn, accused the Principal of playing “politics”, insisting that she has done no wrong, and said she has written to the college governing body against her removal.

Counsel appearing for the students said the principal’s reasons for cancelling the admission are unsound and arbitrary.

“Even if there are irregularities, there’s a procedure to follow. Did she convene a sports committee? Did the committee acknowledge in the minutes that there were any irregularities? She did not do it.

The hearings are taking place and decision will be taken super soon. Let’s hope for the best!

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