DU 5-year law course admissions: The Central Government yesterday in Delhi High Court filed an affidavit that Central Universities have the right of autonomy on the admission procedure. A Counsel for the central government, Advocates of UGC appeared in the high court yesterday while students protested against high fees at DU Campus. The three have their own concerns related to the newly announced five-year law course admission at DU.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) opposed a statement in which it stated that Central Universities have their rights to admission procedures by the Central Government Standing Counsel (CGSC) in the Delhi High Court.
The council members of CGSC including Nidhi Raman, and Akas Mishra appeared and Zubin Singh for the Union of India filed an affidavit illustrating NEP 2020 “CUET is not Mandatory for Universities”. The debate was on a PIL against Delhi University when it considered CLAT scores instead of CUET for Five-year law courses.
A law student in Delhi University Law Faculty had demanded CUET based admission process to Five-year Integrated law courses.
A submission was made by UGC before a bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma, and Justice Sanjeev Naruala. In its submission advocate Ravikesh K Sinha for UGC has stated “Central Universities Common Universities Entrance Test (CUET) is mandatory since it had passed an order on 21st December 2022.”
A fourth concern related to high fees was raised by the All India Students Association (AISA) through a protest programmed on the CLC gate. Manik Gupta an Aisa leader and LLB student said- “Law education in India has become very expensive. The CLAT exam costs 5,000 INR while the newly announced Self-finance five-year law course charges 10 lakh Rupees fees while the EWS category is considered below 8 lakhs property.”
The Aisa also criticized CUET for the Law course, calling an utterly ridiculous – “The admission will only be based on the general paper of CUET, and there is no specialized paper for law aptitude. It means that a candidate pursuing African studies will sit for the same exam as someone aiming for a law degree.”