The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notice to Delhi University (DU) and St Stephen’s College on a public interest litigation (PIL) petition challenging the college’s decision to hold interviews in order to admit students on general seats as opposed to Delhi University [Konika Poddar v. St. Stephen's College & Ors.].The petitioner a law student, Konika Poddar, prayed for a direction to St. Stephen’s college to conduct admissions to its unreserved seats for undergraduate courses only on the basis of marks received by the candidates in the Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUET) as mandated by DU.The division bench of Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Sachin Datta issued notice and granted 6 weeks of time to the respondents to file their replies.The matter will be heard next on July 6. .In April 2022, DU had issued a notice which prescribed that admission in unreserved seats of minority colleges like Stephen’s should be only on the basis of merit in CUET score.It added that minority colleges at the time of admission to reserved seats can give 85% weightage to CUET score and 15% weightage to interviews conducted by them.St. Stephen on the other hand refused to follow the admission policy and declared that even with respect to unreserved seats, it will give 85% weightage to CUET score and 5% weightage to interviews.This has now been challenged by Poddar on behalf of hundreds of students. Poddar contended that the students want to take admission in the unreserved seats at St Stephen’s but do not want to appear for an interview which is against the DU admission policy..In the plea filed through advocate Akash Vajpai, Poddar contended that DU rules are binding on St Stephen’s College irrespective of its minority character.She also argued that a minority institution could not disregard merit or merit based selection of students.“The National Education Policy has clearly elucidated that the entrance to higher education should be through common entrance test at the national level so that there is uniform standard of bench marking of candidates,” the plea highlighted.