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SC Asks DUSU And DU To File Replies In A Petition Concerning Participation Of Research Scholars In DUSU

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Delhi University has been given an ultimatum by the Supreme Court to respond to the plea of research students regarding whether they can contest in DUSU Elections or not.

Delhi University and Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) has to file their replies regarding the petition of Abhishek Verma,a research scholar in the Department of Chemistry.This has been directed by the bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice A M Khanvilker.

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“The provisions of the constitution of DUSU are in clear contravention of the recommendation of the Lyngdoh committee approved by the Supreme Court, in as much as, the age limit for participating in the elections of DUSU for research scholars stipulated in the constitution of DUSU is (25) twenty-five years as against the age of (28) twenty-eight years recommended by the Lyngdoh Committee and accepted by the apex court,” the petition said.

The petition also added that no provision in the constitution of DUSU prohibits research scholars from getting affiliated with the DUSU.

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Earlier,a writ petition was filed in the Delhi High Court seeking implementation¬†of Lyngdoh Committee recommendations to enable eligible research scholars to participate in DUSU elections and become its members.The petition¬†was dismissed by the High Court’s Single Bench and Division Bench,after which an appeal was filed in the Supreme Court.

Unlike Delhi University,most of the central and state universities across the country allow research scholars to participate in elections, petition claimed.

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