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DU to colleges: Base admissions of reserved category on actual intake

With the fourth cut-off list announced on Sunday,the Delhi University issued a directive on the "implementation of reservation policy in admissions"

With the fourth cut-off list announced on Sunday,the DU (Delhi University) issued a directive on the “implementation of reservation policy in admissions”,asking colleges to admit reserved category students on the basis of actual intake of general students and not its sanctioned strength.

According to the university’s letter,dated July 5,“the percentage of reservations for the SCs (15%),ST (7.5%) and OBCs (27%) is calculated on the basis of the actual admissions made in each course”.

The directive has put colleges in a dilemma as seats are reserved on the basis of sanctioned strength of general category students. To make matters worse,several colleges have already admitted students over and above their sanctioned seats.

Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies,for instance,has admitted 290 students in the general category for BTech (Computer Science),against 26 sanctioned seats. “For BTech (Computer Science),we have overadmitted in almost all categories,except in PWD (persons with disabilities). In all,we have admitted 416 students against 46 seats. After a few withdrawals,the number has come down to 390,” Poonam Verma,the college principal said.

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Asked about the letter,Verma said,“We will seek clarifications from the university.”

The principal of a South Campus College said,“With admissions and withdrawals following every cut-off list,how are the colleges expected to decide the actual intake. My college has admitted four times the number of students in the SC category. Does this mean we do the same for general category students?”

Several colleges said they had not received the university’s letter. Principal of Ram Lal Anand College Vijay Sharma said,“We haven’t received the letter. When we do,I will place it before the admission committee and seek their suggestions.”

The college has admitted 450 students against 139 in Commerce. In English,Political Science and Hindi,each of which have a sanctioned strength of 81,200 have been admitted. “There is an overflow of general category students in these courses. Some courses have also seen overadmissions in OBC category,” Sharma said.

Other colleges such as Gargi and Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College said the directive would not affect their intake.

“We have overadmitted

students in some courses,but there have been withdrawals too. We expect to balance it out,” Shashi Tyagi,principal of Gargi College,said.