Delhi University aspirants who are seeking admission to its undergraduate courses under the Other Backward Castes (OBC) category, will now get a relaxation in the admission process. University administration directed colleges to provided a concession to OBC candidates in the additional eligibility criteria prescribed by them.
In a notification issued by the university administration earlier this week, Deputy Registrar (Academic) Ram Dutt, said, “It is notified…that the concession of 10 per cent of minimum eligibility marks prescribed for general category candidates and extended to the OBCs, may also be made applicable in additional eligibility criteria prescribed by colleges.”
Explaining how this would work, the notification stated, “For example, if the additional eligibility for admission to a course has been fixed as 60% for the general category candidates, the additional eligibility for OBCs for admission to the said course would be 54%.”
With the notification being issued in the middle of admissions, colleges expressed their helplessness in changing the process. “It is a completely new measure. It should have been issued much earlier – before the first cut-off list was announced,” Pradumn Kumar, Hindu College principal said.
The decision comes after an organisation called the Academic Forum for Social Justice (AFSJ) wrote to the DU Vice-Chancellor on the issue. Calling the university’s decision to have the same additional eligibility criteria for OBC and general admissions as ‘unfortunate’ and ‘in gross violation’ of the Supreme Court judgment, AFSJ asked the university to issue a fresh notification to correct the anomaly.
“The current strategy of fixing additional eligibility criteria as the same as that of general category candidates can only be seen as a ploy to deprive OBC candidates of the seats reserved for them, and to convert all those seats into general category seats,” the statement issued by the group read.
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It had asked the university to issue a fresh notification correcting this anomaly, failing which the organisation would “be forced to take further steps to ensure that OBC candidates get their constitutionally guaranteed rights with respect to admission in Delhi University.”
Apart from cut-offs issued by colleges for admission to various courses, colleges also announced some “additional eligibility criteria” for undergraduate admissions.
While some colleges demand Commerce (Honours) applicants to have studied and scored a certain percentage of marks in Mathematics or Accountancy in Class XII, others require them to have scored a given percentage of marks in Commerce. At Hindu College, B Com (Honours) requires commerce students to have scored 97 per cent in Accountancy.