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Delhi High Court has declined to entertain a plea seeking court directions to centre and Delhi University to add the dance subject to the varsity courses and further studies.

Delhi HC bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan stated that they cannot issue any such directions to the university to introduce a subject to the varsity curriculum and cannot direct which subject they should teach.

Besides that, the bench also said that if we issue the directions, starting a new course would involve drafting a syllabus, engagement of faculty, and various other steps in which a varsity is best qualified to decide and not courts.

The bench also stated that there must be various institutions in the country that teaches dance and the petitioner can join those institutions. “Why do you want to have everything in Delhi. You do not want to move left or right,” said the court.

The court has asked the petitioner to withdraw the petition otherwise it will be dismissed with a penalty. Thereafter, the petitioner withdrew the petition.

The petitioner argued that Delhi University has already included vocal music and instrumental music in its undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The petition also contended that not to consider teaching dancing courses at the varsity amounts to discrimination against the students who majored in dance class.


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