Delhi High Court Rejects Petition for Dance Courses in Delhi University

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The Delhi High Court refused to entertain a plea that sought a directive to the central government and Delhi University to introduce dance courses in the university.

The petitioner had argued that since Delhi University (DU) offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in vocal and instrumental music, it should also offer courses in dance. They contended that not teaching dance amounted to discrimination against students who majored in the subject in school. 

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However, a bench comprising Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan said that the court could not issue such directions. The court did not have any right to tell a university which courses it should teach, they said.

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In addition, the bench said that beginning a new course involved the drafting of a syllabus, engagement of faculty and many other measures which was best decided by a university and not a court.

The bench further said there must be institutions in India which teach dance courses, and that the petitioner should try them instead.

The petitioner was advised to withdraw the plea, or else it would be dismissed with costs, upon which the petitioner accepted the advice of the court.

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