The Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi School of Economics (DSE) to admit a student in the OBC category for its MBA (Human Resource Development) course. The school will have to admit the student in consultation with the Delhi University, the High Court said.
Earlier, Ashok Agarwal, the counsel for the student, Vikas Kakkar, submitted a plea stating that he had scored 72.57 per cent in the Common Admission Test (CAT), and had been shortlisted for a group discussion and interview, following which his name was at number 95 in the merit list.
He told court that the student had participated in several rounds of counselling but was unable to obtain a seat under the reserved category.
After the third round of counselling, one seat remained vacant, after the last seat in that round was allotted to rank number 93, the counsel said. Since the person with rank 94 did not participate in the third round, through a notice dated August 25, the DSE announced a fourth round of counseling, the counsel submitted.
When the candidate’s father came to know that one seat in the OBC category was vacant, he approached the institution claiming the seat. However, his plea was not heard, following which, he moved the HC on September 4, the counsel added.
The DSE said the candidate failed to approach the university for the fourth round of counselling on August 29 as per the notice dated August 25.
Stating that the DSE did not respond with “any cogent reason”, Justice Indermeet Kaur said the candidate had taken all steps to get admission in the OBC category by making a representation forthwith on August 30. As the candidate was next in the merit rank, he was entitled to the relief, the judge said.