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The University of Delhi will be conducting a special admission drive for students belonging to the reserved categories from 29th to 30th July 2019.

A formal announcement was made by the University on 26th July 2019 which confirmed that a special admission drive will be conducted for students belonging to the reserved categories.

This drive will consider the left out students of reserved categories along with those students who were not able to pay their fees or missed their chances because of any other reason.

The students belonging to the reserved categories-Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe Other Backward Class/ Economically Weaker Section/Persons with Disabilities/ Kashmiri Migrant/Children of Widow/ Minority (Sikh) who missed to apply in their respective categories at the time of registration can do so by requesting a change. Such applicants will also be considered for admission in their specified category in the entrance based undergraduate courses in the subsequent lists. Although, those candidates cannot claim admission in the lists that have been already announced.

All those women applicants who are residents of NCT Delhi and have already registered but could not apply for admission in Non-Collegeiate Women’s Educational Board  (NCWEB) shall be considered for admission in NCWEB automatically. They will be admitted if they meet any of the preceding cut-offs. Also, applicants who were admitted but could not pay the fee shall be given a second chance.  

All the applicants who cancelled their admission or could not take admission during the preceding cut-offs will also be considered for admission under this list, if seats are available.

In addition to the special drive, the University is also planning to conduct a detailed audit of the admission procedure. The main motive behind this audit is to look into the colleges that have admitted more number of students than the designated seats.

A University official also pointed out that some seats for the reserved categories have not been filled up yet.

3.67 lakh applications were received by the University for undergraduate admissions this year, out of which 2.58 lakh applications were completed with fees payment. The large number of applications shows the level of competition that the students had to face to grab one of the 64,000 available seats.

The seventh cut-off list will be announced on 6th August 2019 and the process of document verification will go on from 6th to 8th August 2019.

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In order to fill up the vacant seats in the reserved categories, DU’s Special Drive will consider cases of those who were left out, after the fourth cut-off.

While admissions to the unreserved seats in the University of Delhi (DU) fast drawing to an end after the release of the fourth cut-offs on July 13th 2019, the varsity has decided to conduct a Special Drive of admissions to fill up the seats in the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), and Economically Weaker Section (EWS) categories of the reserved seats. 


One of the most prestigious academic institutions of the country, DU has received a total of 2.6 Lakh applications to its undergraduate courses for the 2019-2020 academic intake. Of these, around 1.5 Lakh applicants are from the unreserved category and the number of aspirants in the SC, ST, and EWS categories are around 34000, 7000, and 9000 respectively. 


Academic Council Member Rasal Singh told the New Indian Express that during the Special Drive, the University will consider cases of those reserved applicants who were left out, “For someone who met the criteria in the first list but didn’t come up for admissions, the University will reopen the window. This particularly benefits outstation candidates, who are at times, unaware and miss the opportunity,” he said. Albeit, the University rules say that those who meet the criteria in the initial lists and don’t come for admission are not eligible in the subsequent lists. 


“If seats go vacant, we go for such drives. We announce the number of seats available. If you have applied and are still interested, we call a list solely for the reserved categories. There are special cut-offs for the colleges and courses available,” Sukanta Dutta, Officer on Special Duty- Admissions, said in an interview to the leading daily. 


Since the new academic session is all set to begin on July 20th 2019, the University is all set to finish admissions to vacant seats well in advance. 


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By the next academic year, aspirants may get admission in Delhi University even if they score a 60%. Here’s how.


Starting next academic year, the University of Delhi is all set to introduce management quota in lieu of conducting special admissions drive for seats left vacant under the reserved category. This change comes as a much needed respite for both students and officials involved in the admissions procedure. A special admissions officer under the condition of anonymity, said, “The admissions committee believes that the recently concluded special admissions drive for reserved category students was a futile effort. It’s better to give out seats than leave them unoccupied.”


This move also comes as a blessing in disguise for the 28 DU colleges whose funding was recently discontinued by the Delhi Government. Adding to the widely discussed issue, the Executive Council announced that the University is slowly inching towards self-financing. The council has not yet resolved to remove the clause of funding by University Grants Commission (UGC) from the Delhi University Act, but has amended existing ordinances in favour of management seats.


With the introduction of management quota, funding for DU colleges will no longer remain an issue. According to research analysts, the cost of a single seat at a prestigious college’s coveted course can cost around 10 lakhs, or even more, depending on the demand. The academic council has not fixed any criteria for application, and hence it will entirely be on the basis of money and not merit. Over 5000 seats go empty every year after the 6th and 7th lists, and if you do simple math, the money received from this would be immense.


Unfortunately, a full-fledged quota with a fixed percentage like those observed in private colleges will not be implemented any soon. Only the sparse vacant seats that had originally been allotted to reserved category candidates will be given out. This is because introduction of seats given out under the discretion of the management implies privatisation, which would ‘tarnish’ Delhi University’s image as a premier institution for higher studies. Moreover, such a move would invite legal trouble for the university.


While most DU aspirants are welcoming the decision, the existing students are full of apprehensions. Most 2nd and 3rd year students are under the impression that implementation of a management quota would also result in greater autonomy for colleges, which may lead to a subsequent fee hike across all courses. One of the 3rd year students said, “I wish to see a revamped version of the shabby infrastructure of my college. I really hope the rumours about higher fees are false, though. ”


The solution posed to fill vacant reserved seats is definitely interesting, but chances are that it would lead to extreme complications. An incline towards a self-financing model means lack of transparency and a slow, consequent privatisation of the institution. The legacy of Delhi University as a premier government funded body might die soon, if the matter goes out of hand. We can, nevertheless, expect better infrastructure and facilities, and fewer pamphlets of touts claiming to give aspirants a seat in the course and college of their choice.


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