The Delhi High Court has ordered St. Stephen’s College to withdraw its admission prospectus, to admit non-Christian students only on the basis of CUET scores rather than conducting interviews as well. The ruling comes after a long tussle between DU and St. Stephens on the admission procedure of Stephens.
The Delhi High Court directed St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi on Monday, 12th September 2022 to conduct admissions for non-minority (in this case, non-Christian) candidates solely on the basis of CUET scores, giving the CUET scores 100% weightage in the admission procedure. It also asked St. Stephen’s to issue a public notice declaring the revised admission procedure.
The petitioner college shall follow the directive that 100 per cent weightage must be given to CUET-2022 score for admission of students belonging to the non-minority category applying to undergraduate courses.The division bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad (via the Indian Express)
According to Article 30(1) of the Indian Constitution, “All minorities, whether based on religion or language, shall have the right to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice.” However, the Delhi High Court made it apparent on Monday that the right under the article is not absolute. “Regulations can be framed to prevent maladministration as well as for laying down standards of education, teaching, maintenance of discipline, public order, health, morality, etc,” the judges said.
The ruling has worked in Delhi University’s favour, which had said in the High Court on the 6th of July, 2022 that St. Stephen’s could not be allowed to bring in “subjectivity bias and discrimination” by conducting interviews for students of non-minority communities.
The interview procedure has come under criticism from various students for having been discriminatory in the past, yet some students attest that it is an important part of the admissions procedure, and must continue.
I personally think interviews should be for both Christians and non-Christians as the interview determines admission into the college for everyone, whether they are Christian or notan anonymous student of the college
However, the Court rejected DU’s argument that a single merit list for admission of candidates belonging to all dominations of Christianity should be published by the college. The judges stated that protection under Article 30(1) can be extended to the extent that it allows a minority institution to sub-classify the reservation accorded to the minority community, informed Bar and Bench.
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