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Vacant Seats in Reserved Categories in DU Raise Questions on the Admission Process

With the admission process at DU going online, the Academic Session 2020-21 witnessed an alarming rate of vacant seats in the reserved categories.

The DU Undergraduate Admissions for Academic Session 2020-21 witnessed large chunks of seats under reserved categories to go empty. The Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category noticed the largest percentage of vacant seats, standing at 5.6%.

The trend was resonated by other categories such as Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Castes. The University Administration is currently processing grievances but no major change is expected.

With a total of 57 colleges, the University currently offers 5,616 seats under the EWS category. This category was introduced in the last academic session and witnessed lesser applicants getting in comparatively this time. Of a total of 3,36,000 applications, 85,000 admissions came to fruition. Multiple stakeholders have been split upon the reason for the fall.

“In many cases, we found that allocated seats were filled, but some students who cleared their medical or engineering entrances decided to opt out”

Vikas Gupta, Registrar DU, as reported by the Times of India

The inability to get caste certificates due to the closure of government offices following the lockdown hindered and excluded a large bracket of students from applying under the reserved categories.

Moreover, in the EWS category, the dynamic nature of minimum eligibility requirements and bureaucratic red tape proved to be a major hurdle for the applicants. 

Another reason suspected for this fall in admissions is the soaring high cutoffs even in reserved categories. The marginal and non-substantial fall in the subsequent cut-offs and special drives made it progressively difficult for the candidates to get in.

“Many EWS students who are from outside Delhi may have been put off by the prospect of finding accommodations in Delhi too”

Opined Anju Srivastva, the Principal of Hindu College, as reported by the Times of India

She further highlighted how the thought of attending online classes without proper facilities could’ve played a major role in influencing the decision of the candidates. 

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