Today The Hindu Highlights 11 April 2022
Grant joint gold medal to two top students: HC
Court struck down DU’s circular that barred reevaluated marks for gold medals
The gold medal award for the topper of B.A. (Hons.) (Economics) for the academ ic session 20172020 will be shared between two stu dents — one who was already declared topper by Delhi Un iversity and another who got the highest marks after the reevaluation process.
The development came after the Delhi High Court last week struck down a 2014 circular issued by Delhi Un iversity, which barred re evaluated marks from con sideration for award of gold medals.
Justice Rekha Palli said if a student’s mark increased af ter reevaluation, it showed that there was an error of judgment on the part of the
The High Court’s order
came on a petition by Annie Gurmeher Kaur, who se cured the highest marks in B.A. Hons. (Economics) in the university after reeval uation. However, the univer sity, relying upon its 2014 cir cular, declined to consider her candidature for the me dals and prizes.
Ms. Kaur completed the course in 2020. When the re sult of the sixth semester ex ams were declared on No
vember 2, 2020, being dissatisﬁed with the marks obtained by her in the ‘In dian Economy 2’ paper, she opted to apply for re evalua tion.
Upon revaluation, the re sult was declared on Febru ary 11, 2021, and her marks increased from 52 to 58 and consequently, her aggregate CGPA also increased from 9.595 to 9.635. However, be fore the result of the reval uation was declared, the un iversity on February 5, 2021, released a tentative list of candidates who were to be awarded medals and prizes during its 97th annual con vocation to be held on Fe bruary 27, 2021.
Ms. Kaur then approached the Dean of Examination with a request that she be al
so considered for grant of medal to be awarded to the highest scorer in B.A. (Hons) (Economics). The university, however, rejected her re quest saying that the medals could only be awarded on the basis of the original marks secured by the candi date as per the 2014 circular.
The High Court, while quashing the 2014 circular, remarked that the universi ty’s decision to not consider Ms. Kaur eligible for the award of medal as the high est scorer was “clearly un sustainable and arbitrary”.
The judge directed the un iversity to issue the award for the highest scorer in B.A. (Hons.) (Economics) for the academic session 20172020, jointly to Ms. Kaur and Yash wani Shekhawat, who was declared as the topper, as per DU’s tentative list.
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