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St Stephen College loses in SC; top court rejects interviews for general category students

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the plea of Delhi University’s St Stephen’s College to conduct interviews for general category students.

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the plea of Delhi University’s St Stephen’s College to conduct interviews for general category students. The top court said the college must enrol students in the Undergraduate course on the basis of the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) result. The order of the court is being seen as a big relief for those students who are denied enrollment on the basis of category.

Court upholds Delhi Court’s order

The Delhi College had filed the plea in the SC against the order of Delhi Court’s September 12 order. ”There is no reason to stay the operation of the judgment. Application for interim relief is dismissed,” said the bench of Justices Ajay Rastogi and CT Ravikumar.

However, the bench will again take up the matter next year in mid-march. Earlier on September 12, the Delhi HC said that Christian minority institutions have to follow the admission policy made by the CUET. The policy asked the institutions to give 100% weightage to the CUET result, ending the discrimination on the basis of category.

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The court clearly mentioned in the order the college cannot conduct interviews to give admission to non-minority students. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta who appeared for Delhi University said, ”CUET is for common assessment and the university only wants merit for the unreserved category to be followed.”

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