The Delhi High Court, over the issue of University Grants Commission (UGC) issuing a notification which puts the cap on number of M.Phil. and Ph.D. students, has called for a response from Central Government, the UGC and JNU on a plea which challenged the UGC notification.
A division bench comprised of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra has asked the government, University Grants Commission and Jawaharlal Nehru University to file their responses on the plea.
After the notification was issued, the plea against the same was filed by the 'Students Federation of India' along with some aspiring M.Phil. and Ph.D. students from Delhi University and JNU. The plea challenged the constitutional validity of the UGC Regulations 2016 which came into effect from July 5, 2016.
The students are against the UGC notification as it threatens the future of the students because according to the said notification, students won't be able to find the research/supervisor guides.
Students also argued that the potential ramification of the issued notice is more than that as it will also limit the number of admissions of aspiring research students.
The plea termed the regulations of the notification as ''irrational, unreasonable and arbitrary'' and said that this is complete opposite of the Fundamental rights and Directive principles of the State policy.