August 4, 2009 3:26:51 am
With just 10 days to go before Jawaharlal Nehru University closes its admission process,285 Other Backward Category (OBC) seats have been filled,out of the 360 reserved for the category.
Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) claims that with their own interpretation of a Ministry of Human Resources Development directive,JNU has tied the cut-off bar for OBC seats to the performance of general category students.
The directive,dated April 20,2008,states that CEIs (Central Educational Institutions) may decide on the cut-off marks for the OBC category,so that consistent with the standards of the education of the CEIs,sufficient number of eligible OBC candidates are available for selection.
In the light of this directive,JNU decided the cut-off for OBC students would be a maximum 10 marks lesser than the lowest mark scored by a student from the general category in the entrance test.
According to JNUSU,this move has left four per cent of the 18 per cent seats reserved for OBC students vacant.
The university has tied the cut-offs to the standard of a particular batch instead of fixing it to suit the standard of an institution,like JNU. The university is in effect tying the fate of OBC students to the performance of general category students, said Sandeep Singh,JNUSU president.
Meanwhile,JNU rector Ramadhikari Kumar,said it is too early to come to any conclusion,adding that the university cannot pre-fix its cut-offs because the entrance test alone do not influence admission.
A merit list is prepared after awarding weightages and the relaxation points themselves depend on the number of seats and chosen stream, Kumar said.
He added that students are still being registered and a clearer picture will emerge only after August 5.
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