The Supreme Court of India yesterday, turned down UGC and DU policy against minority admission in St. Stephens College. UGC’s communication to conduct a single merit list for the Christian community and DU’s orders for sole admission on a CUET merit basis were challenged by St. Stephens College in the high court. HC in its 21st July decision found these were a prima facie against the constitution.
The move took place when the University of Delhi filed a plea in the top court against the Delhi High Court decision passed on 21st July. The decision was passed on St. Stephen’s challenge against DU’s order which had asked the College to give admission based on CUET single merit list and to scrap the 15% interview provided to the minority Christian community.
HC in sept order had found that UGC communication to admission was based on 100% CUET weightage and DU orders of only one single day merit list on CUET score based without any sub-category for Christian Community, both “ show a prima facie complete lack of reasoning and conflict the rights of St Stephen’s College under Article 30(1) of the Constitution.”
After reading the High Court last month decision ( based on its own Sept. verdict), a two-judge bench of Justices AS Bopanna and PS Narsimha in the Supreme Court said “You have asked students to pay fees and do not inform them or the court too the admission will be subject to the order of high court.”
Further, the top court told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta for DU “If 15% interview weightage” for 50% minority Christian “is an issue, then you should have approached the High Court first and at this stage, it will create confusion among students as they have admitted already, as per HC interim order let admission go on.”