New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked Guru Govind Singh Indraprashtha University (GGSIU) to explain its different criteria for promoting its professional courses students belonging to the colleges run by it and those affiliated to it.

Seeking the explanation, a division bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw issued a notice to the University on a plea by a group of students accusing it of adopting "irrational criteria" for promoting different sets of students.

"Why do you have two different standards for students?," the bench told the University while seeking its reply by November 3, the next date of hearing.

Appearing for the students, senior counsel Geeta Luthra told the court that the University has two types of colleges -- one directly run by it and the others located in far-flung places and affiliated to it.

She said while the University has easier norms to promote its professional courses students studying in colleges run by it, it has tougher criterion for promotion of students from colleges affiliated to it.

She added the University allows the colleges run by it to award up to 40 percent marks on a scale of 100 to their students while it allows its affiliated colleges to award only up to 25 percent marks to their students make internal assessment of their students only up to 25 percent.

This implies the University evaluates the students of colleges run by it only on 60 out of 100 marks while it assess the students of colleges affiliated to it on a larger 75 percentage marks, said Luthra.

Luthra said this leads to the students of colleges run by it attain higher marks in internal assessment compared to those of colleges affiliated to it.

"The University cannot create two classes of students and the policy has to be based on uniform application and it cannot effect the same set of people in different manner," the
lawyer argued saying that due to such a system, more than 5600 students in the current year have been denied promotion.

In the petition, the students also raised the issue of credit system in which a student is required to "score overall 90 percent credit of previous years" to get promoted for the next academic year.

"The University has introduced a scheme that every student should have minimum of 50 percent credit for the current year and overall 90 percent credit of the previous years to get promoted for the next academic year."

"The credit system is not based on performance best grading nor there is equal number of grades in each semester," the petitioners said.

Flaying the credit system, the counsel said it is based on binary system of 0-1 in which a student gets either 100 percent marks or zero percent marks.

"Students who get less than 50 percent marks in a subject gets zero credit while a student who passes in the subject get 100 percent credits. The credits are not linked with the percentage of marks obtained by the student," the lawyer said.