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Ensure Reserved Category Seats Are Not Left Vacant, DU VC is Urged

Hansraj Suman, the chairman of The Forum of Academics for Social Justice and a former member of Delhi University’s Academic Council, claimed in a letter that there is a shortfall of admissions under the reserved categories and urged the University to take this into cognition before the admission process is initiated. Read ahead to find out more.


Recently, The Forum of Academics for Social Justice wrote to the Vice-Chancellor, Mr Yogesh Singh, regarding the issue of a “shortfall” in the admission of students under the reserved categories. They urged the administration to ensure that no such situation occurs in this year’s admissions process. 

The chairman of the Forum, Hansraj Suman, expressed in the letter that before the current year’s admission process is initiated under the categories of Scheduled Tribe (ST), Other Backward Classes (OBC) and Persons With Disabilities (PWD) quota, the data of admissions in the last five years must be considered and analyzed. 

“It will show that colleges have given more admissions than the sanctioned seats in the general category, while the reserved seats are not filled in return. Every year, the seats of reserved categories remain vacant.”

-Hansraj Suman, Chairman of The Forum of Academics for Social Justice

In conversation with The Hindu, Assistant Professor Hansraj Suman claimed that if the data is analyzed properly, it would reveal that there are enough applicants for the seats. 

The problem has been that even after releasing several cut-off lists, the cut-off marks required are not brought down for the reserved seats. With the university making changes in the admission process, this issue needs to be addressed.

-Hansraj Suman, Chairman of The Forum of Academics for Social Justice

Further, according to Hansraj Suman, each year colleges under DU experience an overwhelming 10 percent more admissions than the sanctioned seats. However, with the increase in seats, these colleges do not fill the seats under the reserved category. Keeping this claim in mind, Mr Suman has urged the Vice Chancellor to form a committee that would monitor the colleges on the lack of facilities present in their institutions. 

Delhi University should constitute a monitoring committee for the colleges at its level. Only teachers of reserved classes should be kept in this committee. The committee should visit these colleges and talk to the teachers/staff/students on their problems. Talk to those students on the problems faced by them and prepare a report on the lack of facilities in the colleges

-Hansraj Suman, Chairman of The Forum of Academics for Social Justice

Last month, the Vice-Chancellor of DU formed a committee of eight members with the objective to analyze the issue of “shortfall” of admissions under the reserved categories in the university. The committee is chaired by Pankaj Arora, the Dean of Students’ Welfare and Gurpreet Singh, the Joint Dean of Students Welfare has been appointed as member secretary

Besides this, the University has announced a new admission process which will use a Common University Entrance Test (CUET) for admitting students in the new academic year. The University will be scrapping its cut-off system and the process of counselling will be carried out electronically, which should solve this issue of shortfall of admissions under the reserved categories.

Read Also: DU’s Plans to Discuss CUCET for 2022 Admissions in the Works

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