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Expedite OBE results in courses which concern students who have obtained admission in foreign universities: Delhi HC directs DU

The order was passed by a Division Bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad.

Aditi Singh

Taking into account on order passed by a Single Judge Bench on July 7, the Delhi High Court today directed the Delhi University to expedite the declaration of the open-book exam (OBE) results in undergraduate courses where students have obtained admission in foreign universities for higher education (Prateek Sharma vs UOI).

The Court also directed Delhi University to create an email account to communicate directly with such foreign universities with regard to the delay in declaring the results.

The order was passed by a Division Bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad.

Yesterday, while dealing with the aspect of delay in declaration of OBE results by Delhi University, the Court had directed the varsity to create an e-mail account for the purposes of sending a “request letter” to such foreign universities where the undergraduate students have secured provisional admission for higher studies.

A direct communication to these foreign universities with regard to the delay in declaration of results by Delhi University was to be sent pursuant to an intimation by students who have secured provisional admission.

Today, the case was re-listed after the Bench realised that that its order was in contradiction with a previous order passed by a Single Judge Bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh.

The single Judge had, on July 7, directed Delhi University to make efforts to expedite the declaration of results of courses which concern students who had applied to foreign universities for higher studies.

In so far as undergraduate courses are concerned, where students may obtain admission to post graduate courses in foreign universities, students may write an e-mail to the Dean (Examinations) informing him of the said admissions, in which case, efforts would be made to expedite the results of such courses. The said e-mails may be sent by the earliest at dean_exam@du.ac.in, the order read.

The Counsel for Delhi university, Senior Advocate Sachin Dutta and Advocate M Rupal had submitted that the two orders were not in contradiction. DU conceded that not pointing out the Single Judge’s order was a bonafide error on their part.

They reiterated that no relaxation with regard to early declaration of result could be given to a particular student as the result was grade based.

To put the matter to rest, the Court clarified that the directions by the Single Judge shall be read in conjunction with the order passed by the Court.

The Court directed Delhi University to adhere to the order by the Single Judge and to make efforts to expedite the results of undergraduate courses which concern students who have applied abroad for higher education.

It added that Delhi University shall also create the email account, as directed yesterday, to communicate to foreign universities that they may grant provisional admission to its students and to assure that the results would be communicated at the earliest.

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