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University cannot admit more than 1,440 students, as said by Bar Council Of India (BCI). They also said varsity must fulfill the legal Education Rule,2008 and put a cap on number of students.

In order to this, Delhi University Law Faculty reached Delhi High Court, the court permits the varsity to admit only 2310 students this year which reduces around 134 seats for general category students according to previous year.

Now, getting an admission at DU for law becomes more difficult. Earlier, 2310 seats were meant only for general category as well as for Scheduled Casts (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and OBC (Other Backward Classes). In additional, there was 310 seats for supernumerary ones. But after the disputes with BCI, this year court permits the varsity to admit only 2310 students inclusive of the supernumerary ones, reserved for students with physical disabilities, children of war widows and foreign nationals. The university gives 27 % reservation for OBC students, 15% for Sc students, 7.5% for ST students, 3% for people with disabilities, 5% for children of war widows and 5% for foreign nationals.

Hence this year, there will be 1,033 seats for general category students as against 1,167 till last year. Subsequently, with this reduction of seats for unreserved category, even those in the reserved category will face a slash in the numbers. For OBCs, the number of seats have been reduced from 623 to 552, for SCs, from 347 to 307 and for STs, it is 153 from the 173 seats last year. A senior university official said that the decision has been taken since the “High Court order allowed us to admit 2,310 and we cannot go beyond it”. “Since a cap was put, we had to abide by it. This is much better than the BCI cap of 1,440, which would have led to reduction of more seats,” said an university official on condition of anonymity.

– Prachi Agarwal


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