The Delhi high court on Tuesday said the ongoing Delhi University (DU)  admissions could be impacted by the re-evaluation of Class XII examination answer sheets submitted to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).  Last week, the court had lifted all conditions imposed by the CBSE on students seeking to re-evaluate their Class XII answer sheets. The verdict came on a plea filed by an advocate who was representing four students against the board’s notification limiting the scrutiny of marks to just 12 subjects. Nearly 11 lakh students appeared for the Class 12 exams conducted by the CBSE this year, of which 2.47% applied for re-evaluation.

A bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar declared that the merit position of students could change substantially on the basis of marks obtained after re-evaluation. Therefore, as a matter of abundant caution, colleges and admission-seeking students need to be kept informed about the pendency of the writ petition as well as the fact that the process of re-evaluation of marks by the CBSE on the request of some students is underway. It ordered that it’s the “responsibility of the University of Delhi to make public as well as inform all the colleges regarding this position and to put the students, to notice about the order passed today”. Hence, the college principals and students have been mindful of the stipulations, and clarifications that have been issued in this regard by the admission committee.

However, Delhi University officials said this need not worry students who have already secured college seats. The officials declared that once a student’s admission is approved and they pay the admission fees, it will not be cancelled even if their marks get reduced after re-evaluation. Admissions will be cancelled only if the student provides the university with fabricated certificates and such. Also, there are provisions in the University admission guidelines to accommodate students whose grades have increased after re-evaluation: the guidelines clearly state that a student who qualifies under a cut-off list but fails to take admission may do so on the last day of admissions under subsequent cut-off lists, subject to the availability of seats. In view of the above, it is directed that the admissions effected pursuant to CBSE examination conducted in March/April 2017 shall be subject to the final outcome of the present writ petition.

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Radhika Boruah

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