Caste Discrimination at Delhi University


A Dalit student has faced a shocking incident. She faces caste discrimination at Delhi University. She was declared “failed” in four papers, including two she did not appear. This has raised concerns about possible caste discrimination in the university.

Caste Discrimination at Delhi University 

Monika Bhankhar is a student at Hansraj College at Delhi University. She is pursuing an MSc in mathematics. In 2018, Monika had two essential reappear (ER) papers. These were advanced group theory and abstract harmonic analysis. She tried many times to clear these papers but did not pass.

Special Opportunity in 2023

In 2023, Delhi University celebrated its 100th anniversary. As part of the celebrations, the university allowed old students to re-sit for failed papers. Monika took this chance in March 2023. She reappeared for her two failed papers. But when the results came out in November 2023, she was shocked. She was marked “failed” in four papers, including two she did not take this time.

Father’s Demand for Justice

Monika’s father, Rohtas Bhankhar, is a retired government officer. He believes this is a case of caste discrimination at Delhi University. He said, “My daughter has been unfairly treated because she belongs to the Dalit community.” Rohtas wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April 2023. He asked the Prime Minister to help and to ensure that Monika’s results were rectified.


Monika’s Academic Record

Monika has always been a bright student. In 2014, she ranked fourth in mathematics (honours) at Delhi University. She completed her undergraduate studies at Daulat Ram College with 86% marks. Her father finds it hard to believe she failed in papers she did not take. He said, “The DU exam system is not credible. If this is how students are treated, India cannot become Vishwaguru (global teacher).”

Changes in University Policies

Abha Dev Habib, a former executive council member of Delhi University, explained some policy changes. In 2010, the university introduced a semester system. It also reduced the time students had to clear failed papers. Before 2010, there were supplementary exams to help students. Undergraduates had three extra years to clear failed papers, and postgraduates had three additional years too. In 2010, these extra chances were removed.

Caste Discrimination at Delhi University
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Call for Justice

The Bhankhar family is still waiting for a response from both the Prime Minister’s Office and Delhi University. This case has shown possible administrative errors and the broader issue of caste-based discrimination at Delhi University education system.

Caste Discrimination at Delhi University
Source: Redbubble

Need for Fairness

Monika’s case highlights the need for fairness in exams at Delhi University. The Bhankhar family’s plea for justice is important. All students, regardless of caste, should be treated fairly. They should provide equal opportunities to succeed.


Monika Bhankhar’s experience of caste discrimination at Delhi University shows the challenges faced by Dalit students. It raises questions about exam procedures and caste discrimination. As the Bhankhar family seeks justice, this case calls for action. Educational institutions must ensure fairness and equality for all students.

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