Alter process of quota admission, HC tells JNU

Express News Service Posted online: Wed Sep 08 2010, 03:57 hrs
New Delhi : The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the administration
of the Jawaharlal Nehru University to change the way it admits
students under quota, ordering that two petitioners before it be
admitted after calculating the eligibility criteria differently.
Two students from the OBC category, Apurva and Usham Rojio Singh, had
approached the High Court after they failed to secure admission this
academic year. Both argued they could not get admission because of the
way JNU had designed its admission procedure.

The court has asked the university to scrap the cut-off marks as it is
being defined at present. JNU will have to prepare a separate OBC list
and fill the 27 per cent reserved seats with students who pass the
entrance test.

While the HC order will affect only the petitioners, students are
planning to use it to renew their agitation against the university’s
model of admitting OBC students. The All India Students’ Association
will hold a march on campus on Wednesday, asking the administration
for a re-look at the way OBC students were admitted this year.

“A lot more students have been kept out by the way JNU has admitted
students this year. We want the university to remedy that,” said
Sucheta De, JNU secretary of the AISA.

Newsline had reported Monday that JNU had succeeded in filling only
15.9 per cent of its 27 per cent OBC reservation quota this year.

Like last year, when the university succeeded in filling only 14.2 per
cent of the total 18 per cent OBC reservation, the shortfall was
caused not because eligible candidates were not available.

JNU to negotiate with SG on student polls
A general body meeting at the Jawaharlal Nehru University late on
Monday resolved to negotiate with the Solicitor General (SG) of India
to allow the university to conduct the students’ union elections. The
resolution, supported by most student organisations, talks of
obtaining maximum relaxations till the case in the Supreme Court is
settled. The task of negotiating with the SG rests with the Joint
Struggle Committee of the University, which is fighting the case on
behalf of the students. “We have not got an appointment with the SG
yet. The points we will be debating on have not been decided yet.
Whatever we do, we will do it without changing the fundamental nature
of the JNUSU constitution,” said Sandeep Singh, former JNUSU
president. A resolution was also passed on holding elections to the
Academic Council, Boards of Studies and the Gender Sensitisation
Committee Against Sexual Harassment.


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