Members of the Hindu College Governing Body had sought concessions for their children in university admissions, it has emerged. The proposal was made weeks before the governing body decided to scrap undergraduate admissions under the Extra-Curricular Activities (ECA) quota.
Both proposals were, however, rejected by Delhi University.
Confirming that such a proposal had been made, SNP Punj, chairman, Hindu College Governing Body, said, “This was proposed in a meeting. All governing body members’ children are above 25 years of age. They have completed their college education. There is some amount of reservation or concession which is given to children of university staff. We wanted our children to be treated at the same level.”
The university’s reply was tabled in a meeting of the Hindu College Staff Council on June 9, where it was decided that sports and ECA admissions would be done as per university guidelines. It was also decided that 21 seats would be kept for sports quota and 16 for ECA quota.
In a letter to Hindu College, dated May 29, on the scrapping of admissions under sports and ECA categories as well as providing concession to children of governing body members, deputy registrar (academic) Ram Dutt said, “The governing body of Hindu College cannot take a decision to stop admissions on the basis of sports/ECA, contrary to the admission guidelines of the university.”
It further added, “There is no provision for any concession to the children of governing body members for admission to any course in the university.”
Meanwhile, the notice to scrap ECA admissions has caught many students off guard. “My son was hoping to get admission to Sociology (Honours) at Hindu College and he had applied under ECA category. There are very few colleges which offer this course to boys. The last-minute decision to scrap ECA admissions is a bit odd. They had invited applications for ECA and trials were supposed to be held today (Monday). It is strange that the college decided to scrap it after receiving applications,” the boy’s father said.
Urging the vice-chancellor to intervene, Ajai Kumar, convenor of the ECA Committee at Hindu College, wrote to him on Saturday. “Can the officiating principal under the instruction of the chairman, governing body, violate university guidelines on admissions? Are the admissions under the purview of the staff council or governing body?” Kumar asks in his letter.
Hindu College principal Pradyuman Kumar said, “The results of the sports trials will be out in one or two days. There were some formalities which have to be done. Following that the results will be announced.”