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90% reservation may affect intake in colleges

Delhi University- Outstation students will flock to non-govt colleges,leading to higher cut-offs: Teachers.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: October 3, 2013 2:51 am

A day after the Delhi government announced its plans to reserve up to 90 per cent seats in Delhi University colleges funded by it,students and teachers said the proposal,if approved,will affect admissions in these colleges to a great extent.

According to an English teacher of a South Campus college,the number of applicants in the state-funded colleges will drop substantially,leading to a possibility of higher cut-offs in the other set of colleges. “Two sets of colleges will get formed — those 28 colleges which will have reservation for Delhi students and the other set of colleges which don’t. The second set will definitely face more pressure during admissions. However,it needs to be seen how many non-local students actually studt in these colleges,” he said.

This year’s admission season has seen an increase in cut-offs in off-campus colleges. Many North Campus colleges like Hansraj and Ramjas held more than three rounds of admissions while many off-campus colleges had closed admissions by the third list. Most state-funded colleges,however,are not located on the main campus.

According to Lakshmi Sehgal,principal of Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women,which is fully funded by Delhi government,the cut-offs in her college shot up this year. Attributing it to the steep climb in the number of non-Delhi applicants,Sehgal said: “The admission season,this year,saw a tremendous increase in students from outside Delhi. This was the case despite our cut-offs rising substantially. While we have not analysed the data yet,at least 50 per cent students in the college come from other states.”

Many colleges,however,attribute this to the availability of hostel facilities in colleges. “Of the 268 students admitted this year,100 girls are staying in the college hostel. Some more are residing in private accommodation near the college,” Sehgal said.

At Keshav Mahavidyalaya,for instance,around 40 per cent students are locals. “We admitted a large number of students from other boards this year. This could probably be because of the new hostel,” a teacher from Keshav Mahavidyalaya said.

College authorities also attribute the increase in non-Delhi students to high marks that other boards give to their students. “Apart from the BTech tag which the college offers under the four-year undergraduate programme,higher marks scored by students is a factor for the surge in non-Delhi students. Most students come from UP,Bihar,Haryana and Jharkhand,” Sehgal said.

While stating that DU was a central university and it needs to cater to students from across the country,she added,“There is a need to bring about some equivalence in the marks given by different boards.”

Other colleges like Shaheed Sukhdev Guru College of Business Studies (SSGCBS),on the other hand,maintained that the admissions will not get affected if the new reservation policy comes to being.

“The change will affect ten per cent of the students who seek admission here since 80 per cent of our students are locals,” SSGCBS principal Poonam Sethi said.

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