Panic ensued when several DU colleges received an exorbitantly large number of applications, in the second phase of admissions, for the few seats that had not yet been filled after the fifth cut-off list had been released in the last week of July.
The Times of India reported that Hansraj College had received over 84,000 applications for the 50 seats that were yet to be filled last week. Ramjas College had 57,000 applications pouring in for 100 seats, with Lady Shri Ram College grappling with 1,800 applications for 6 vacant seats in the Psychology course.
Several colleges found themselves struggling to compile a merit list from among the thousands of aspirants. DU had provided colleges with a list of students and their best-of-four scores to facilitate the creation of a merit list. The colleges were to then prepare the merit list taking into consideration the number of vacant seats available. The problem aggravated when students who had already secured admission in a particular college applied to another when notified of the vacant seats, without withdrawing the admission they had initially taken. Students were earlier not allowed to apply for a vacant seat without cancelling the admission they had already taken. This rule was changed recently by the admissions committee.
Some colleges witnessed protests in response to the confusion. Protests by aspirants and their parents along with activists from NSUI, were witnessed at SGTB Khalsa College. The activists held protests in the college premises on 29th and 30th July. The parents and aspirants claimed that the Principal had agreed to admit the students to the college earlier, but now wasn’t agreeing to do so. “We were told that our children would get admission in this college. We have withdrawn admissions from other colleges. With no admission here, we now have nowhere else to go”, said a dejected parent. Most parents and aspirants wanted a written note from the college which would secure their admission, and wouldn’t leave them with nowhere else to go. The college maintains that there was no issue with the admission process as admission against vacant seats was completed as per the schedule notified by the University and the merit list was released on time. This was also conveyed to the Dean of Students’ Welfare, Delhi University.
At Aryabhatta College, parents were frustrated with the administration for the prolonged period of time required for attestation of documents. The college also had to deal with an excessive number of applications for a few seats, resulting in difficulty with the release of a second merit list to fill vacancies.
“Though there was a hiccup in the admission process initially with colleges receiving thousands of applications for a few seats, things have settled down now and vacancies have been filled,” said Prof. Nachiketa Singh, a member of the admissions committee.
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