Three former students of DU, who had completed their undergraduate courses in English (Hons.) and Political Science (Hons.), had urged the Delhi High Court to direct Jawaharlal Nehru University to give them admission in their desired post-graduate courses. According to the students, they were not being granted admission into their desired post-graduate programs in JNU despite scoring more than the required marks in the entrance examination of JNU. The university was not willing to grant them admission due to a delay in the publication of their graduation results by DU.
Advocates Kawalpreet Kaur and Haidar Ali, who represented the petitioners, had submitted that in the present situation of the pandemic, the last semester results of the B.A.(Hons.) courses of the petitioners were declared by DU only on November 20 and 21, 2020 and JNU, however, wanted the results of the previous year to be uploaded by November 8, 2020. The petitioners, therefore, argued that they were not being considered for admission even after qualifying on merit for admission in JNU.
In a statement to the Delhi High Court, JNU counsel Monika Arora stated that in the event seats are available in the relevant courses for which the three candidates have applied in their respective categories, and if they qualify on merit for admission in those courses, their cases will be considered sympathetically by the university. In a hearing held in Delhi High Court on Tuesday, Justice Prateek Jalan accepted her statement and said it is made clear that as the students’ results have been declared, the clause stipulating that preference shall be given to those whose results have been declared will not stand in the way of their admissions, if seats are available in the relevant courses and they are otherwise qualified on merit.
The High Court has now disposed of the petition, after noting the JNU counsel’s statement, and the students’ council decision to not press for any further orders.