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In Sri Venkateswara College (SVC), University of Delhi(DU), Students’ Union protested along with students, outside administration office for admit cards even a day prior to end-semester exams. 

On 26th November, students with attendance less than 66.67 per cent, protested and sat outside the admin office to get approval for their admit cards. The protest was led by the Students’ Union. 

 The protest continued till late evening after which the students were forced to leave the campus by police personnel called by the college authorities. The police has been allegedly accused of mishandling the students. 

A student involved in the protest, under conditions of anonymity said, “Everybody was sitting outside of the admin office, the police came and with the use of lathis and force escorted all the students outside. Outside, the college gate, central councillor, Kapil Singh, was thrashed by the police and forcefully taken inside the college premises.” 

 As per sources, many students involved in this protest had an exam the next day, the AECC English Communication/EVS schedules for 27th November. 

After much struggle by the students, the attendance screening committee allowed the students to appear for the exam using examination fees and college ID. 

On the morning of 27th November, the student union called for a protest in the college premises. However, when the students arrived the college guards did not let them enter the college and said entry would only be permitted after 1 p.m.

 Anand, Vice President, SVC Students’ Union, said, “The college administration along with the Principal are still adamant on their take. In morning hours the students’ entry was blocked and afterwards the Union staged a protest against the rogue behaviour of police last night after which the principal accepted for a meeting where still the demands were not met and we offered our resignation letter.

On 28th November, the Union after meeting with the college authorities was able to bring the attendance criteria relaxed till 47%. The students who were below the 67% attendance criteria were rumoured to miss at least one core paper to sit for other examinations. 

Rajat Sharma, President, SVC Students’ Union said, “The admin was firm on its decision to stop one core paper of students who fall short of 66.67% but the union stood against the fact on how it was 40% last semester, and the students need a steady imposition of this criteria to adjust. Union had literally 5-6 meetings before any kind of protest. Within a span of 5 days the union was successful in getting the criteria lowered along with the help of students and societies of our college.” 

 As per the college authorities, undertaking was made signed by all students who took admission that admit card will not be issued under 66.67% attendance. 

 Member of administration anonymously told DU Beat, “Every student of 1st semester has given a signed undertaking and had agreed at admission to maintain the criteria. The other students were made clearly notified of this criterion. Many of the students of even 3rd semester protesting have signed the undertaking.” 

Currently, students above a certain percentage have been issued admit cards on the condition that they will fulfil the remaining attendance which they lacked in this semester in the next one. Others have not been issued an admit card yet. 

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Bureaucracy and fake admissions have loomed over the credibility of the University of Delhi  since its inception.

The discourse around illegal admissions in the University of Delhi was recently in the limelight, owing to the scandal around Ankit Baisoya, former Delhi University Students Union President. The most recent addition to this discourse is Swami Shraddhanand College. The students of the college have raised several questions about the same in the past and, in one such instance, Riya Gulati, a final year B.A. Programme student filed an official complaint alleging ‘fake admission’ of the college’s Students Union President, Nitika Mann in October 2018. Mann is a third year student of the college pursuing B.A. Programme.

 The University of Delhi mandated the college authorities, namely acting Principal Dr. P.V.Khatri, who is yet to formally investigate the matter. Sources claim that the mandate was dismissed by the authorities, who claimed that the original admission form of Nitika Mann had been ‘lost’.

A copy of the DU Mandate to the College Principal. Image Credits: Riya Gulati
A copy of the DU Mandate to the College Principal.   Image Credits: Riya Gulati

A few months later,  Riya Gulati  accused the college’s Acting Principal, Dr. P.V.Khatri, of selective harassment.  Riya was denied her Admit Card, which is needed to appear in semester examinations. The Admit card is allegedly kept in the personal custody of Dr. Khatri, who refuses to grant her the Admit Card (without her parents’ visiting the college) on grounds of shortage of attendance. Riya claims that all other unperturbed students with attendance falling below the statutory minimum have received their respective hall tickets and are already appearing for their Practical Examinations.

DU Beat tried contacting Dr. Khatri, but he was unavailable for a comment.

With the examination dates looming close by, any uncertainty especially regarding to Admit Cards are a major cause of distress to students. Adding to this, lack of formal investigations, disciplinary actions and the blatant display of a vengeful attitude on behalf of college authorities are extremely problematic. The lack of responsiveness and responsibility can appear to add credibility to the malpractice allegations against the college authorities.

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Nikita Bhatia

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DU makes it compulsory for students to have a working library card to receive their admit cards for the exams.

The University of Delhi (DU) released a notification on its website on Wednesday, 3 October 2017 regarding new guidelines for the issue of admit cards, for the upcoming semester exams. Along with the usual minimum 66.7% attendance, a new clause has been added to the list. Students will now have to show their library card, issued to them specifically by the librarian, to be eligible to receive their admit cards.

The move comes after the library staff from most colleges claimed that only a few students actually visit the library to study or read books and/or actually issue some reading material, various informative journals etc. The librarians feel that the students who come just to gossip in hushed voices, wear headphones and keep their heads down, or just come to access their phones freely in the library, disregard and disrespect the decorum of the library. Plenty students don’t even get their library cards made or bother to collect it till their graduation.

The staff and teachers believe that this move by the university will make the students realise the importance and need to read books; both textbooks and leisure reading – be it fiction or nonfiction, and will be a step forward towards tackling the phone addiction most of us suffer from.

Mr Sharma, head of the library staff at one college said that this decision will also help in improving the library book collection and status. “ Books are meant to be sniffed and read, rather than just dusted once in a week lying on those rusty shelves for years. When students don’t use the facility, the administration doesn’t take interest in procuring new books and funding for the infrastructure. Now we can hope to see DU libraries at par with other universities.” He was quoted saying.

Along with the mandatory library card, students will have to show documented proof of issuance of books to their card as well. Yes. You read it right. You just can’t show a blank library card. Although, the types of books to be issued is not specified. Textbooks, novels, motivational reads, journals, research publications – everything is welcome. The university wants for the students to read and learn for their holistic development along with academics.

This announcement has been met with mixed reactions by the students. Some consider it as a benefit to them, while others are grumbling about one more thing they have to do now. Neha, a second-year student at Miranda House said, “ I’m a book freak so kind of excited about this but I’m also looking forward to the enhancement of the library and its facilities. Some of my friends are already exhausted, thinking about reading books. “ She said with a laugh.


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Gurleen Kaur

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It is the season of examinations, and along with it, is also the season of uncertainty and apprehension for the students who frequent their colleges like a blue moon frequents the sky.

 According to the Varsity mandated rules, students of the University of Delhi (DU) need to maintain at least 67% attendance in order to sit for the end semester examinations. For those who don’t, pleading the professors to consider their Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) attendance, or visiting a shady doctor for a medical certificate are some of the extreme choices one has, since the college is technically bound to act under the rules of the University and detain those with less attendance.

Things look especially uncertain for the third year students in some colleges, like Miranda House, as they have been told that they won’t be able to sit for the examinations if they do not have the required attendance.

In South Campus, Sri Venkateswara College has not been given the admit cards till now. Prabal Khatri, President of Sri Venkateswara Students’ Union, told the DU Beat correspondent, “There are no issues for third year students. Earlier, the 67% attendance requirement used to apply to the final year students as well. But this year, our Union has been able to bring it down to 0%, providing huge respite for them.”

When asked about whether the college administration is lenient for the first and second year students as well, Khatri remarked, “For them, even if the required attendance is 67% according to the Varsity mandated rules, our union has brought the benchmark down to 35%. However, there are some students who never show up to class, neither do they have ECA’s, nor medical certificates to justify their low attendance. Those people are of course not given the admit cards.”

In Miranda House, a meeting to determine whether third year students with below 40% attendance will receive their admit cards is slated to be held. While in the past years, the administration would not withhold the admit cards for the final year students, this year, the college has constantly maintained, right from the beginning of the semester, that they would be more stringent with attendance requirements, even for final year students.

In a phone call conversation with the correspondent, Mahi, a final year student from Miranda House remarked, “The final year students have coaching and have to prepare for entrances. So the administration is usually more understanding with us. However, I do not know about the changes brought about this year.” Since none of the final year students have been given their admit cards till now, a cloud of uncertainty looms over their futures.

It is to be noted that, amidst the first and second year students who have already received their admit cards, there are students with attendance below 40%, who are still struggling to get their admit cards. A member of the college administration told DU Beat on condition of anonymity, “Even as the college is prepared to be flexible with the final year students, we have instructions to be uncompromising with the first and second year students.”

Nestling in the heart of North Campus, is Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), boasting cut-offs that rise as high as 99.25%. SRCC is surprisingly not as strict as some of its neighbours in campus, when it comes to attendance issues.

The Corporate Communications Head of the Students’ Union, Shrimann Adhith, held that until last year, the 67% requirement of attendance in order to be eligible to sit for the exams was not followed. It is only from the current academic session that students require the aforementioned percentage of attendance to get their admit cards. Shrimann went on to say, “Even if they do not maintain the required attendance, the students would eventually be given the admit card. However, they would be made to sign an undertaking.”

Sonul, a sports student from Gargi College, does not seem stressed about getting her admit card. She says, “If any of the third year students does not have the required attendance, they will be made to sign an undertaking. At the most, their parents will be called. But they will eventually be allowed to sit for the exams.”

Contrastingly, in Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Himansh Pandey, current President of ‘Anhad’, the Music Society of the college, told  DU Beat, “even if you are a part of a cultural society, you do not get ECA attendance. After a lot of protest, the Principal promised us that they will bring down the bar of required attendance for students of cultural societies to 30%. However, for other students, 67% attendance requirement is strictly followed, without which they do not get their admit cards.” However, he also added, “The worst case scenario is that your parents are called. But the final year students are given the fated sheet of admittance even if they have to stand in lines from 9 to 5, and fight with the administration.”

For the students of Lady Shri Ram College, things appear uncertain as there has been no word from the administration. When the DU Beat correspondent asked Amita Yadav, the President of the college, whether the third year students with below 67% attendance would be allowed to sit for the exams or not, she said, “There has been no word from the side of the administration till now.”

One common trend witnessed in most of the colleges is the lack of communication from the side of the administration. With less than 10 days left for the exams, students are still uncertain about whether they would receive their admit cards or not.

With most colleges having already celebrated their farewell, is this lack of communication justified? As the final year students gear up to step into the outside world of jobs and higher studies, isn’t keeping them second-guessing about their examinations a sheer lack of transparency?

These are some of the questions we need to pose to the administration departments of the colleges.


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Vaibhavi Sharma Pathak

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Bihar University printed the admit card of a student with the photo of Lord Ganesha on it. The cards were printed on Wednesday.

Bihar University is not new to controversies. And as is the case with this incident, Bihar University made it to the headlines with another tummy tickling incident. It reportedly printed the photo of Lord Ganesha in the admit card of a student. The admit cards were printed on Wednesday.

This happened with the admit card of Krishna Kumar Roy, a first-year student of Lalith Narayan Mithila University in Darbhanga. He is pursuing B.Com a Programme in the college. As reported by India Today, Roy said “I had filled the examination form correctly along with my photo, but I am shocked to see Lord Ganesha’s photo on my admit card. I am running from pillar to post to rectify the mistake but no one is willing to listen.” What’s more bizarre is that the admit card also has Lord Ganesh’s signature on it. Along with this, there is an error in the residential address of the student as well.

Defending themselves, the authorities of the University said that the mistake was committed by the cyber cafe. They also mentioned that they are inquiring into the matter and will make sure that the student will not face any problems in appearing for the exams.

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Karan Singhania

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Thousands of students appeared for the entrance of some of the undergraduate courses which were conducted the University of Delhi. However, some faced various difficulties at various stages of the application process. Students faced various problems related to application fee payment which did not reflect in the portal, furthermore trouble loading the admit cards and missing dates of the entrance exam were among other challenges. Hence,  many applicants were seen at the undergraduate admissions help desk and at the grievance cell on Saturday, complaining that they have been facing difficulties with the procedures.

One of the aspirants Tanya Malik, a B.El.Ed applicant who had paid her application fees for the entrance based courses said she was unsure if she would be able to take the test. Talking to national daily she said,  “I have been trying to contact the university for more than three days now. I have emailed them, and even tried calling. They usually tell you to wait for a reply to the email when you call them, but my entrance test is on Sunday and I can’t view or download my admit card.”  “All issues related to admit cards have been resolved,” said Ashutosh Bhardwaj, OSD admissions at DU after the grievances were filed in the cell.

“All issues related to admit cards have been resolved,” said Ashutosh Bhardwaj, OSD admissions at DU after the grievances were filed in the cell.

Several students also complained that ‘complete’ information is not available anywhere. Students who applied for the entrance exam of B.A. (H) Music need to visit the Music department’s website to view the schedule of entrance exams because the dates were missing in the exam portal. Delhi University is going to conduct a practical admission test at the Department of Music for B.A. (H) Music applicants which will be held on July 4 and 5.


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Students at Sharda University were denied their admit card for their examinations due to low attendance, this led to a campus wide protest of the students against the staff. Over the past week, Sharda University had disbarred around 100 students from appearing for the upcoming examinations on the provision that they had failed to fulfil the necessary criteria of 65% attendance. Under this provision, students with 50%-65% attendance will be able to appear for examinations if they sign an undertaking/bond promising that they would improve their attendance next semester. Hence, in the following semesters the necessary attendance becomes 75%.

On Saturday, around 150 students got into a fight with the security personnel while entering the campus. The university authorities called the police helpline for immediate assistance, but failed in lodging a complaint against the students. The students also say that the university had allegedly created a ‘student benefit fund’ clause to the undertaking due to which all erring students have to pay Rs.10,000-Rs.30,000. The welfare fund will receive this amount if the student fails to acquire the necessary attendance. The fund is meant to cultivate welfare within the students and the staff. Due to which, the students allege that the university management extorts them unwillingly.

Many students say that their low attendance was due to genuine problems, such as suffering from illnesses and attending to urgent and unavoidable family matters. They were also willing to show their medical prescriptions to the management, but the authorities did not agree. Even those who have 63% attendance are being asked to pay Rs.10,000 along with the undertaking. Following these events, the management said that students will be fined only if they fail to attain necessary attendance in the next semester. Late in the evening, the management decided to let erring students appear for the exams from Monday by making them sign an undertaking, without the deposit.

The issue of attendance has become a rising concern within all Universities, including the colleges in DU. Different colleges undertake different mechanisms for dealing with low attendance, due to which there is a lack of uniformity within the administration of all colleges. Some colleges are lenient with their attendance policies and do not create a fuss regarding low attendance, but certain colleges are very strict regarding their attendance policies, due to which their students are made to sign undertakings. These increasing cases of attendance mishaps across colleges and universities call for a necessary change in the system, it seems.

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Joyee Bhattacharya

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