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In a setback to hundreds of students of the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, the Delhi High Court Friday turned down a petition of over 200 students, refusing to promote the unsuccessful students to the next session.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw declined to give relief to the students saying: “It was the university policy decision. So the court cannot interfere with the decision.”

The petitioner students came from various professional colleges affiliated to the university and belonged to the 2009 and 2010 batches.

The petitioner alleged that the university had different criteria for promoting professional course students from colleges run by it and those studying in colleges affiliated to it.

“These students are aggrieved by the credit system which has been evolved by the university as a criteria for promotion. The university has introduced a scheme that every student should have a minimum of 50 percent credit for the current year and overall 90 percent credit of previous years to get promoted to the next academic year,” said the petition.

“The credit System is not based on performance-based grading neither there were equal number of grades in each semester. These two aspects of the credit system make implementation of the System extremely arbitrary and leading to disastrous consequences,” said the petition

The university maintained an extremely high pass marks of 50 per subject. The rationale behind such high pass marks was arbitrary, illegal and unconstitutional. There was no reassessment or revaluation, the petition said.

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