'HC's special chance order not followed'

33 DU students say they got no relief

Although the Delhi High Court on Thursday permitted the DU students to take the ‘special chance’ which is allowing them to write exams after the stipulated 6-year period expires, at least 33 petitioners said they got no relief.

They complained that the university officials took no heed of the court order.

Delhi University’s academic council (AC) used to have a standing committee to look into the genuineness of the cases of students who applied for special chance. But it was recently dissolved.

The registrar in her October 10 notification had said: “It is hereby notified that applications for grant of ‘special chance’ beyond the stipulated period shall not be considered by the university.”

“Consequently, the students will have to complete their study within the time period prescribed for the courses concerned. The applications already received by the university shall not be processed further for consideration,” the notice  had said.

Students who were supposed to take the ‘special chance exams’ by the November-end are still not sure if they will be allowed to do so.

“We got the written order from the court last night at 9.30 pm as our hearing was around 5 pm. Since morning we tried to meet every senior official who further directed us to a new official,” said petitioner Raaid Hoda, a law student.

 “We waited at the VC office for hours. The officials told us that till the time vice chancellor does not have a meeting on the matter, they cannot allow us to appear for our exams which start on November 30,” Hoda said.

 “This is harassment. They are saying that the university has no time for special chance exams and it could lead to mismanagement. There are just 15 to 18 law students who have to appear for the November-end exams. How much time and effort will that take to accommodate a handful of students?” he said.

The court order said: “With regard to the fact that the notification was issued by the registrar on October 10 which apparently took the students by surprise, I am of the view that till the matter is taken up for hearing, the students should be permitted to appear for the examination which are scheduled to commence from November 30.”

Students said the court order was meant for all of them who have applied for a special chance for the November exams.

“The students’ request will be considered by the standing committee of AC. The VC will allow the petitioners to take the exams as a special case in accordance with the law and in case the university finds their reasons justified,” the order said.

A senior official said the matter was being discussed.

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