New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has directed Delhi University to convert 50 unfulfilled OBC seats into General category in the LLB course for the academic year 2011-2012 and give admission to students who are in waiting list.

Pulling up the University for not complying with the Apex Court's direction, Justice Kailash Gambhir said, "Courts have consistently held that every endeavour by the university and all other institutions should be made to fill all the seats as wastage of seats is not only at the cost of the public exchequer but at the cost of depriving a number of aspiring students struggling to get admission in coveted institutions and universities such as DU which is a dream of many."

Justice Gambhir directed the DU to convert 50 OBC seats, which have been vacant since completion of admission process, into General and hold a special counseling session for the students after notifying the candidates belonging to General category through notice board and also on the website.

"....At least seven days time shall be given to the candidates through such a notice inviting them to participate in the special counseling," the court said while asking the Law Faculty to give wide publicity to make the students aware of the development.

Rejecting the University's argument that the session has already begun since August and the students would suffer if the admission be given at this stage, the court said, "The Faculty of Law shall conduct special classes for such students so that they can cover their curriculum to appear in their first semester examination.

"The attendance of such students shall also be reckoned from the date of their admission in the course and not from the date when the current academic session begun," the court said.

The court's direction came on a plea of group of students seeking direction to the University to convert the unfulfilled OBC seats into General category as many students have been waiting to get admission in the LLB course.

(Agencies)