The students of the Master of Dental Sciences Post Graduate Program at the Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences (MAIDS Institute) have been given an extension to submit their thesis. They can now submit their thesis by September 30. However, they will have to pay a late fee of Rs 5,000.
A single-judge bench of Justice Pratibha M Singh said that this court is inclined towards granting an extension of time for submission of the thesis till September 30, 2020. This has been done in view of the students who have approached the court are concerned, considering the lockdown and the stress on all medical colleges and institutions.
The court has also considered that the original amendment of the Executive Council had extended the time till October 15, 2020.
A petition filed by the students of Master of Dental Sciences PG Program at the MAIDS Institute seeking time for submitting their thesis was being heard by the High Court. The students claimed in their petition that the Delhi University had amended its ordinances relating to Post-Graduate (MDS) Studies Course in July 2019 pertaining to the last date for submission of the thesis.
The High Court clarified that the same shall be subject to payment of a late fee of Rs 5,000. Those petitioners who are capable of submitting their thesis by July 31, 2020, will be permitted to do so without paying any late fee.
The order said that neither Delhi University nor MAIDS have been able to place on record, proper documents to establish as to when the students and colleges were notified of the various changes in deadlines for the submission of the thesis.
The order also said that considering the enormous miscommunication between the authorities and the circulars were not adequately circulated among the students, this relief is being granted at the prima facie stage.
The order added that the issues will be considered at the final stage of adjudication of the plea. The Court listed the matter for further hearing on September 9. Counsel for Delhi University, Advocate Mahinder Rupal, submitted that MAIDS institute was a non-COVID hospital. Counsel for the petitioner, Sarthak Maggon submitted that four out of the nine petitioners are currently on COVID duty.