Students of the University of Delhi (DU) may no longer enjoy 50% reservation in the varsity’s post-graduate seats from the coming academic year. Notably, till now, 50% of the post-graduate seats in DU were set aside for DU’s undergraduate students who were admitted on merit. Entrance tests were held for the rest of the seats for which DU students could also appear.
As per a Times of India report that was published on Friday, the academic committee of DU had on Thursday decided to hold entrance exams for all the 45 courses in the post-graduate level, in an effort to create a centralised platform for admission to the coveted university. The same report went on to say that the decision would now be sent to the Vice-Chancellor for approval.
However, on being approached by the DU Beat correspondent, Dr. Gurpreet Singh Tuteja, the Deputy Deen of Students’ Welfare of DU, remarked assertively, “It’s a fake news.” He further stated, “Jo jaisa hai, waisa hi rahega” (The framework of admission will remain the same). When probed by the correspondent whether such a decision is anticipated from the academic committee, he said nonchalantly, “How can we predict what will happen in the future?”
When the correspondent approached Vice-President of DUSU, Kunal Sehrawat, for his views on the probability of this situation arising in the future, he hesitated to comment on the same and said, “We need further clarification from the academic committee regarding this update.”
While this news has aroused heavy speculation from different quarters of DU, the scrapping of the 50% reservation policy is expected to have implications for students beyond DU. This policy which has traditionally privileged the students who have graduated from DU to obtain a seat at the varsity’s PG level, the dismissal of the same would bring the graduates of private as well as other government universities to level playing field with the DU graduates.
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Vaibhavi Sharma Pathak