Delhi Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena on Tuesday has approved admission of students on the basis of aggregate score of CUET in three subjects (English, Legal Studies and General Test) against the remaining vacant in Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU).
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However, LG, who is also the Chancellor of GGSIPU, has exhausted the complete merit list of CLAT (UG) with effect from Academic Session 2023-24, in the five-year integrated law programmes of the university.
According to the sources, while noting on the file addressed to the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the LG expressed his concern that the approval from him has been sought much after the commencement of academic session 2023-24, thereby causing unnecessary harassment to aspiring students of these much sought after professional programs.
“Keeping in view the larger interests of the students, the LG approved the admission procedure, observing with concern, that the proposal for regulating admission in BA, LL.B/BBA LL.B Programme in GGSIPU for the academic session 2023-24, has been submitted in the month of September, causing inordinate delay in filling up the vacant seats in these courses,” they said.
“The LG in his note advised to ensure timely processing of such proposals, if any, in future, to avoid unnecessary delays and for timely commencement of academic activities,” they said.
“Saxena further directed to process future proposals related to regulation of admissions procedure through the Admission Regulatory Committee, in terms of the provisions of Delhi Professionals Colleges Or Institutions (Prohibition of Capitation Fee, Regulation of Admission, Fixation of Non-Exploitative Fee and other measures to ensure Equity and Excellence) Act, 2007,” they claimed.
“It is pertinent to mention that under the provision of Section 4 of the said Act, an Admission Regulatory Commission has been notified on April 13, 2023 with the approval of Delhi LG. It has been provided in this Section that the Admission Regulatory Committee shall regulate the procedure of admission in institutions and suggest the guidelines to the Government, to ensure a fair, transparent, merit-based and non-exploitative procedure to be adopted by the Government under the provisions of this Act,” sources stated.
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Sources said that however, the proposal at hand was not routed through the Admission Regulatory Commission.
“Earlier, GGSIPU had submitted that the University has been admitting students in the above course on the basis of CLAT (UG) till 2022-23. However, over the years, it has been seen that some seats remain vacant leading to the wastage of precious academic programmes,” they informed.
“The Board of Management of GGSIPU has resolved to recommend the GNCTD for issue of notification permitting GGSIPU to admit students on the basis of aggregate score of CUET in three subjects (English, Legal Studies and General Test) against the remaining vacant seats after exhausting the complete merit list of CLAT (UG) with effect from Academic Session 2023-24,” they added.
Responding to the allegations, sources in Delhi Government said, “It is quite unfortunate what the LG has stated given the fact that it is Delhi Government’s initiative that has prevented any vacancy in private colleges of GGSIPU. Many seats were left vacant as only CLAT scores were considered; and this why it was decided that any remaining vacancies would be filled via CUET scores. This is being done for the first time by any University.”
“The Delhi Government has allowed CUET score to be considered as the admission criteria, so that all vacancies are filled,” they said.
“It doesn’t suit the LG to try and take credit for efforts being made by an elected government. As a constitutional head, the LG should not be indulging in such practices of purloins of the credits,” sources added.