Admissions 2013

Admit reserved category students according to actual intake : DU

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The century old problem of overcrowded DU classrooms prevails yet again, and this time with consequences affecting admissions of people applying via the reserved category. With the fourth cut-off list announced on Sunday, the Delhi University issued a directive on the “implementation of reservation policy in admissions”, asking colleges to admit reserved category students on the basis of actual intake of general students and not its sanctioned strength. As of now, most DU colleges have barely seen any admissions under the SC/ST/OBC/PWD category.

There’s been a clear flouting of rules by various DU colleges as always and the plethora of problems being faced by reserved category students seem to see no end this year. With the onset of the new Four Year Undergraduate Program (FYUP) and with the takers for DU increasing by a mind boggling 50%, most colleges have been picky about the students they choose. With higher ranked DU colleges as Hansraj coming out with a highly unfair and rule-breaking ‘additional eligibility criteria’ for students applying via the reserved category and also with the increase in the number of OBC students being taken in every year, DU is in two minds about how to handle the fluctuating graph of students coming and going from the university.

Under a survey conducted by Dhani Ram, President of Delhi University SC/ST Teachers Association to assess the status of admissions for SC, ST, other backward category and persons with disability we can see that lesser known colleges in DU like Lakshmibai College admitted 116 students in the general category against 39 seats for its Economics (Honours) course, and in Philosophy, the college admitted 105 students against the sanctioned strength of 39. While colleges like Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, Keshav Mahavidyalaya, and Ram Lal Anand fail to find takers under the reserved category; colleges like Hindu, Sri Ram College of Commerce and Ramjas have classrooms splitting at the seams.

“Taking students according to the intake capacity rather than the sanctioned strength is seemingly impossible as a lot of migrations, withdrawals and admissions take place every day in various colleges of the university”, says Poonam Verma, Principal, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies. The letter with the new notice has been circulated in all DU colleges and hopefully this step would help put an end to the woes of students seeking admission solely on the basis of reservation.

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