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The Supreme Court Monday hinted at lapses in procedure adopted by Delhi University and the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for admitting students from the other backward classes (OBC) category.

The apex court observation came during the hearing of a petition filed by a former professor of Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, P.V. Indiresan, challenging a Delhi High court verdict of last year that the minimum eligibility criteria for admission under the OBC category would be at the most 10 percent below the minimum eligibility criteria fixed for the general category.

The apex court bench of Justice R.V. Raveendran and Justice A.K. Patnaik directed the listing of the matter July 15 for a detailed hearing.

Senior counsel K.K. Venugopal representing the JNU said that since the admission process was already on, a situation may emerge that the entire admission exercise may become irreversible.

The court said that the percentage of marks secured by the last student admitted under the general category admission could not be relevant for fixing the cut-off for the students under the OBC category.

The court said that going by the cut-off system being followed by the two universities, there could be a situation where a sizeable number of seats under reservation remain unoccupied


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